Adrian Quaife-HobbsAdrian Quaife-Hobbs underlined his pace from Valencia with a superb start to his home event, the British Grand Prix support race at Silverstone this weekend. The 20 year-old Marussia Manor Racing GP3 racer posted the fastest time in Friday’s free practice and backed that up with his maiden pole position on Saturday morning.

A stunning pace in the 30-minute session, put the BRDC Rising Star four tenths of a second faster than his rivals, to set himself up for a possible repeat of his maiden win last time out.

However in the weekend’s opening race Adrian was denied the chance to take up his front row start as the typically British summer weather put an end to his chances. As the field filed out on the formation lap, the predicted rain fell forcing Adrian and a further 18 cars rushing to the pits to change to wet weather tyres.

A superb fast tyre change by the team allowed Adrian to get back on track ahead of many of his rivals but still down in 13th spot. As the depleted grid got away Adrian joined the battle, and started his charge up the order. A spirited drive by the Briton over the opening laps saw Adrian pass ten cars to get up third place, but with his tyres going off in the final stages, he was forced to concede the position, eventually crossing the line fourth.

With the top eight reversed for Sunday morning’s race, Adrian took up his fifth place grid position, looking to take another strong finish. His confidence however was shortlived, when the starter motor failed on the grid, leaving him stranded as the rest of the pack filed away to start the green flag lap, leaving Adrian to be pushed into the pits.

With the problem quickly rectified by the team, Adrian rejoined the race, but down in 29th. A superb fighting drive saw him claw his way through the field, passing 14 cars and posting the fastest lap of the race to take 15th.

“Qualifying was a brilliant session and it felt great to finally end up on pole position and at our home race,” said Adrian. “It’s difficult to put into words how that felt, particularly after taking my first GP3 win last time out. The Marussia Manor Racing team once again did a fantastic job and we have definitely carried that momentum from our race in Valencia into this weekend.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get off to a good start in either yesterday or today’s race. I did everything I needed to do this weekend, we had the pace in practice and qualifying, after that the results were unfortunately out of my hands. We have once again demonstrated that we are fast, now we need to pull together as a team and work towards turning that pace into race results as we head into the second half of the season.”

The next double-header rounds of the 2011 GP3 Series take place over the weekend of 23/24 July at the super fast Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Prior to that however, Adrian will once again carry out straight-line aero testing for the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 team at RAF Cottesmore on Wednesday as part of its on-going development programme.