Adrian Quaife-HobbsAutoGP World Series Champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has had his outstanding performance in 2012 recognised with the Fairfield Trophy at the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) awards presentation in London today.

Presented at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London, by John Surtees OBE, Adrian was among motor racing’s elite, as he was honoured for his debut season in the series, in which he won five races, scored ten podium finishes and secured six pole positions. Alongside clinching the drivers’ championship with two rounds still remaining, Adrian was also crowned Under-21 champion and helped steer Super Nova International to the teams’ title.

“It is a huge honour to be awarded the BRDC Fairfield Trophy for outstanding achievement,” said Adrian. “I’ve had an amazing season in AutoGP World Series, racing with undoubtedly one of the best single seater teams in the world.”

“Winning the double in Portugal was without question the highlight of my season, in what has been a very special year, and to have those performances recognised is a privilege and immensely rewarding.”

Adrian enjoyed a dream start to the 2012 season, with a debut pole position in Monza, which he followed with victory and third place in the opening two rounds. A second successive pole spot, together with victory and second in Valencia, extended his series lead.

A fifth consecutive podium finish in Marrakesh, together with fourth place, put the 21 year-old on course as title favourite. While in Budapest, Adrian continued his domination with another victory and second place.

However, it was the following race that proved the highlight of the former Marussia F1 test driver’s 2012 season. In Portimao Adrian had the perfect weekend; pole position, double victory and two fastest laps to break the record for the most AutoGP wins by a driver in one season and firmly cement his title challenge.

Starting the penultimate event in Curitiba, with his fifth pole position, Adrian was looking secure in second place until a problem pit stop dropped him to sixth. However his season-long pace was enough to secure him the title, despite not finishing the final race of the weekend.

Notching up his sixth pole position from seven rounds at Sonoma, Adrian went on to record his tenth podium finish of the season in the final double-header rounds, and recovered from being taken out of the lead at turn two in the first race, to finish his final race of the year in second place.

The BRDC Fairfield Trophy in awarded in honour of Pat Fairfield, a British driver who lost his life in a crash at Le Mans in 1937, and is presented annually to a BRDC member for outstanding performance in a season. Previous recipients of the prestigious awards have been David Brabham, Anthony Davidson and Paul di Resta.

Adrian now heads to Spain, when he is charged with shaking down the 2013 specification AutoGP World Series car at a two-day test in Barcelona on 6&7 December.