Adrian Quaife-Hobbs lands top Drivers' Club award
AUTOGP World Series Champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had his outstanding performance in 2012 recognised with the Fairfield Trophy at the British Racing Drivers' Club awards presentation, at London, on Tuesday.
The presentation was made at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London, by John Surtees OBE. Quaife-Hobbs 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.
As well as clinching the drivers' championship with two rounds still remaining, Quaife-Hobbs was also crowned under-21 Champion and helped to steer Super Nova International to the teams' title.
"It is a huge honour to be awarded the BRDC Fairfield Trophy for outstanding achievement," the Tonbridge ace said. "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."
Quaife-Hobbs 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, Quaife-Hobbs continued his domination with another strong victory to go with second place.
However, it was the following race that proved to be the highlight of the former Marussia F1 test driver's 2012 season. In Portimao, Quaife-Hobbs had the perfect weekend: pole position, double victory and the two fastest laps to break the record for the most AutoGP wins by a driver in one season, firmly cementing his title challenge.
Starting the penultimate event in Curitiba with his fifth pole position, Quaife-Hobbs 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.
Quaife-Hobbs now heads to Spain, where he is charged with shaking down the 2013 specification AutoGP World Series car at a two-day test in Barcelona during December 6-7.