Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

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Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Nationality  British
Born (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 23)
Pembury (United Kingdom)
Related to Phil Quaife (cousin)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2013
Current team MP Motorsport
Car no. 26
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2012
201011
2010
2008
2008
2007, 2009
200709
2007
2005–06
2005
Auto GP World Series
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Portuguese FR2.0 W. Series
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula BMW UK
T Cars
T Cars Autumn Trophy
Championship titles
2012
2005
2005
Auto GP World Series
T Cars
T Cars Autumn Trophy
Awards
2007
2006
MSA British Race Elite
BRDC Rising Star Award

Adrian Rodney Quaife-Hobbs (born 3 February 1991 in Pembury) is a British race car driver, notable for being the youngest driver to win the T Cars championship and the youngest ever winner of a MSA-sanctioned car racing series. He currently resides in Tonbridge.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Quaife-Hobbs began his career in 2002, racing in the Honda cadets category, winning four races in his first season and coming second in the Formula 6 Championship. 2003 saw Quaife-Hobbs move up to the more powerful Mini Max category where he took several podium finishes and a race victory. Quaife-Hobbs continued racing in the Mini Max series for 2004, winning the Bayford Meadows Championship. At the age of 14, Quaife-Hobbs moved up to the T Cars category where he won both the main T Cars Championship title, becoming the youngest Champion in the series' history at 14 years 8 months old, and winning the Autumn Trophy title as well. In 2006 Quaife-Hobbs competed in the first few T-car races and got a double win in the opening rounds and also won his last race at Rockingham before deciding to focus on a 2007 campaign in Formula BMW. 2006 also saw Quaife-Hobbs win the British Racing Drivers' Club's Rising Star Award, becoming the youngest driver to receive the award at the age of fifteen.[1]

Formula BMW[edit]

For 2007, Quaife-Hobbs was promoted to the Formula BMW class, running in its UK series, racing for the current Champions Fortec Motorsport. The young Brit established himself in the first meeting of the championship at Brands Hatch, coming eleventh on his debut and running in third for a majority of the second race before tyre issues forced him to yield the final podium place to Valle Mäkelä, the winner of race one. Quaife-Hobbs finished his debut season tenth in the Drivers' Championship with 405 points.

Formula Renault[edit]

Following the closure of the 2007 FBMW UK season, Quaife-Hobbs decided to enter the Formula Renault Eurocup with BVM Minardi in order to gain experience in the Formula Renault cars. He did well on his debut, despite retiring in the first race, he finished eighth in the second from thirteenth position, enough to earn him three points. Quaife-Hobbs also competed in two Formula Renault NEC races with Motopark Academy and at Spa, he got his first Formula Renault podium in only his third event. 2007 also saw Quaife-Hobbs win a place on the prestigious MSA British Race Elite scheme run by David Brabham.

Quaife-Hobbs entered the Eurocup for a full season in 2008 as well as the Italian championship, both with the BVM Minardi team in which he finished fourth. He returned to Motopark Academy for 2009 campaigns in the Eurocup and Northern European Cup, finishing fourth in both series.

Formula Three[edit]

Quaife-Hobbs competing at the second round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.

Quaife-Hobbs stepped up into the Formula 3 Euro Series for the 2010 season, staying with Motopark Academy for his graduation into the series.[2] He earned points in first races of the Circuit Paul Ricard and Hockenheim meetings, finishing sixth[3] and fifth[4] respectively.

GP3 Series[edit]

After the Euro Series opener, Quaife-Hobbs elected to concentrate on the new-for-2010 GP3 Series, signing a contract with Manor Racing.[5] At Spa he secured his first podium.[6] He finished in fifteenth position in the championship standings.[7]

Quaife-Hobbs stayed in GP3 for 2011 with Manor. He achieved his first win at Valencia.[8] At the end of the season he improved to fifth position in the drivers' championship, and as he finished as the best-placed Marussia Manor driver in the championship, he received a Formula One test with Marussia Virgin Racing.[9]

Auto GP World Series[edit]

In 2012 Quaife-Hobbs graduated to the Auto GP World Series, competing for Super Nova International. Since the start of the season, he has taken victory in Monza and Valencia, notching up two pole positions, five podium finishes from six rounds and currently leads the series by 29 points.[10]

He went on to take every pole bar one throughout the season, and took the championship.

GP2 Series[edit]

For 2013 Quaife-Hobbs was signed to race for MP Motorsport in the GP2 Series. The highlight of the first half of the season was a second place at Monaco, before he switched to Hilmer Motorsport from Hungary onwards. Following a second podium in Belgium, Quaife-Hobbs scored his maiden GP2 victory at Monza in the sprint race. He finished the season 13th overall, with a total of 56 points and one win.

For 2014, Quaife-Hobbs will stay in GP2, and will drive for Rapax alongside Simon Trummer.[11]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Final Placing
2005 T Cars PR Motorsport 17 8 2  ? 10 284 1st
T Cars Autumn Trophy 7 6 7  ? 7 138 1st
2006 T Cars PR Motorsport 10 3 3  ? 7 68 9th
2007 Formula BMW UK Fortec Motorsport 18 0 1 0 0 405 10th
Formula Renault Eurocup BVM Minardi 8 0 0 0 0 3 23rd
Formula Renault NEC Motopark Academy 4 0 0 0 1 70 18th
2008 Italian Formula Renault 2.0 BVM Minardi 14 1 0 1 4 250 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 0 2 25th
Portugal Winter Series FR2.0 Motopark Academy 2 0 0 0 1 16 6th
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Motopark Academy 14 1 1 2 3 229 4th
Formula Renault Eurocup 14 1 0 0 4 83 4th
2010 Formula Three Euroseries Motopark Academy 4 0 0 0 0 7 13th
GP3 Series Manor Racing 14 0 0 0 1 10 15th
2011 GP3 Series Manor Racing 16 1 2 2 2 36 5th
Formula One Virgin Racing Test driver
2012 Auto GP World Series Super Nova International 14 5 6 4 10 221 1st
2013 GP2 Series MP Motorsport 12 0 0 0 1 56 13th
Hilmer Motorsport 10 1 0 0 2

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2010 Motopark Academy Dallara F308/099 Volkswagen LEC
1

6
LEC
2

9
HOC1
1

5
HOC1
2

7
VAL
1
VAL
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
HOC2
1
HOC2
2
13th 7

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 Manor Racing ESP
FEA

21
ESP
SPR

26
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

12
VAL
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

DNS
GER
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

7
BEL
FEA

3
BEL
SPR

5
ITA
FEA

17
ITA
SPR

22
15th 10
2011 Marussia Manor Racing TUR
FEA

24
TUR
SPR

16
ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

23
VAL
FEA

1
VAL
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

4
GBR
SPR

15
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

10
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

6
5th 36

Complete Auto GP World Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2012 Super Nova International MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

1
MAR
1

2
MAR
2

4
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

2
ALG
1

1
ALG
2

1
CUR
1

6
CUR
2

12†
SON
1

Ret
SON
2

2
1st 221

† Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2013 MP Motorsport MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

17
BHR
FEA

7
BHR
SPR

8
ESP
FEA

17
ESP
SPR

21
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

11
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

16
13th 56
Hilmer Motorsport HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

1
SGP
FEA

22
SGP
SPR

8
ABU
FEA

11
ABU
SPR

21†
2014 Rapax BHR
FEA

10
BHR
SPR

6
ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

AUT
FEA

AUT
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

RUS
FEA

RUS
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

10th* 5*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "T Cars > Graduates". Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt; Mills, Peter (2009-12-09). "Motopark signs Quaife-Hobbs, Laine". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. ^ Stoppe, Sven (2010-04-10). "La Castellet Race 1". f3euroseries.com. La Castellet: Formula 3 Euro Series. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  4. ^ Tischer, Alexander H.H. (2010-04-24). "Hockenheim Race 1". f3euroseries.com. Formula 3 Euro Series. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  5. ^ "GP3 Series: Llista d'inscrits / Entry list" (PDF). circuitcat.com. Circuit de Catalunya. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Race 1 results – GP3: Belgium 2010". GPUpdate.net. GPUpdate. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Drivers' Championship". GPUpdate.net. GPUpdate. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Quaife-Hobbs storms to first GP3 victory". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate). 25 June 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Félix da Costa wins dramatic season finale". GPUpdate.net (GPUpdate). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "16 drivers on the Auto GP World Series grid". Auto GP World Series (Auto GP Organization). 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "British racer Quaife-Hobbs joins Rapax". GPUpdate. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Will Bratt
T Cars Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Luciano Bacheta
Preceded by
N/A
T Cars Autumn Trophy
2005
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Kevin Ceccon
Auto GP World Series
Drivers' Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Vittorio Ghirelli
Awards
Preceded by
Incumbent
BRDC Rising Star Award
2006
Succeeded by
Jeremy Metcalfe
Preceded by
Incumbent
MSA British Race Elite
2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent