Tune on Eurosport International tomorrow at 23.15 CET
Tag Archive: Chris van der Drift
Sergey Sirotkin became the last winner of the 2012 Auto GP season in Sonoma
The Russian driver of Euronova Racing was the first to cross the line in Sunday’s Race 2 after a race that saw him as the undisputed leader. After that the early part was led by reverse poleman Antonio Spavone and saw the Safety-Car deployed to remove Sakurai’s car (the Japanese driver stalled on the grid due to a clutch issue), Sirotkin effectively took the lead from lap 5 on, when a lightning quick pit-stop from the Euronova crew and a very fast out lap allowed him to climb from P3 to the lead. From then on, the driver from Russia lapped steadily in the low 1’28” range, a pace that nobody but Quaife-Hobbs could match.
Sergey Sirotkin topped the sheets of the first Auto GP practice in Sonoma
The Russian driver of Euronova was in the top three for the whole session and with just a few minutes to go he posted a 1’27”882 that was enough to edge championship winner Adrian Quaife-Hobbs by one tenth. “There’s much more to come – Sergey said – I had very old tyres and the track is still dirty. In order to do that laptime I took some risks, I don’t know about the others. Anyway, I really like the track; it’s a bit bumpy but it’s thrilling with all those blind corners”.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the fifth pole of his Auto GP season.
The championship leader, who has a chance to seal the title already this weekend in Curitiba, made a further step in the right direction by taking the extra point for pole after a fight with Chris Van der Drift, Antonio Pizzonia and Pål Varhaug.
Antonio Pizzonia needed virtually no time to find the right pace in Auto GP
The home hero closed the first free practice session in second place, just 0”6 shy of Championship leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. The Briton confirmed his great pace topping the sheets with a 1’12”767 but the highlight of this first 30’ was undoubtedly Pizzonia’s great comeback on a single-seater: the former F1 driver surely made the most of his deep knowledge of the Curitiba track, something that allowed him to focus just on finding the feeling with Ombra Racing and the Zytek-powered Lola.
Sunday 3 June is a day that Adrian Quaife-Hobbs won’t forget easily
The young Briton of Supernova today won the second race of the Portimão Auto GP weekend starting from P8 and doing so he clinched a perfect weekend taking pole position, both race wins and both fastest laps. The fifth win of his season is another championship record secured by the driver from Kent, and the “hat-trick” is also an absolute premiere for the Series: thanks to this weekend’s results Quaife Hobbs added 48 points to his tally, bringing his advantage on the closest rival to 73 points.
The Briton of SuperNova didn’t have the best start from pole position, but that was the only tough moment of his race.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the fourth success of his Auto GP season in Portimão, equaling the number of wins clinched by Romain Grosjean in the 2010 Championship. When the lights went off it was Facu Regalia who got away really well and took the lead, entering Turn 1 ahead of the whole pack, but he didn’t manage to build a gap; this meant that at the end of Lap 1 Quaife-Hobbs could make the most of the joint effect of slipstream and Overboost to pass him and take P1.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs clinched the fourth pole position of his Auto GP season in Portimão.
The British driver of SuperNova was quickest in a tight packed session that saw nine drivers end in the same second. Adrian climbed on top before the ten minutes mark with a 1’32”5, and then improved to 1’32”342 in the late part of Qualifying, after that the session was stopped for a spin by Michele La Rosa.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs posted the quickest time of the second Auto GP Free Practice session in Portimão.
The Briton of SuperNova stopped the clock on a 1’33”095 that allowed him to edge team-mate Victor Guerin by just 0.01. The Brazilian boasted a good performance, but he feels that there’s still work to do: “I was the only driver of the top tier on new tyres – said Victor – so I can’t be too happy. We still miss something, especially to catch Adrian, but we still have time before Qualifying”.
Pål Varhaug was quickest in the first Free Practice session of the Auto GP Portimão weekend.
The Norwegian driver of Virtuosi UK, who yesterday focused on learning the track and saved his best rubber for today, made the most of a set of fresh soft tyres to post a 1’32”655, a time that he feels can still be improved: “When I did put the fresh tyres on, I immediately felt that there was much more grip than yesterday, and with a few more laps I’m sure that I would have improved my time a lot, because in many places I could have pushed more. I’m confident for the weekend, I really love the track”.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs topped the sheets in today’s Official Test in Portimão.
The championship leader kept momentum after his dominant performance in Hungary, and stopped the clock on a 1’32”643 that bodes really well for the race weekend. In a session where all the teams focused on set-up work and the majority of the drivers had the aim of learning the track, laptimes aren’t too relevant but Quaife-Hobbs’ performance was anyway remarkable, as he was 1” clear of the whole pack.
Pål Varhaug won a thrilling Race 2 in Budapest in front of 52.000 people
Euronova Racing penalized in Budapest
The Norwegian driver of Virtuosi UK delighted the Hungarian crowd crossing the line with a gap of just 0.8 on Adrian Quaife-Hobbs after an hard-fought race that saw the two run nose-to-tail right from the very first lap.
The first day of the Budapest Auto GP weekend was a perfect one for Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
After securing the quickest time in both the Free Practice sessions, the young Briton clinched pole position posting a stunning 1’32”725 early in the session. Adrian’s laptime was six tenths quicker than last year’s pole (Filippi clinched it in 2011 with 1’33”374) a pace that is even more remarkable considering that Quaife-Hobbs achieved it just five laps into his session.
After posting the fastest time in the morning practice of the Auto GP Hungaroring round, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs did the same in Free Practice 2.
The Briton improved his morning time by half a second, posting a 1’34”001 that left second placed Sergio Campana 9 tenths adrift. Quaife-Hobbs seems to be the favourite for pole-position, but Campana is confident that Qualifying will be a different story: “In the Race 2 crash in Marrakech I destroyed one set of tyres, so now I’m lapping on really worn rubber.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs topped the sheets in the first Auto GP Practice session in Budapest
In a session in which the teams ran different programs on different tyre compounds, the young brit of Supernova stopped the clock on a 1’34”565 that was one second quicker than the closest rival. After the session he was obviously satisfied with his start: “I hope to carry on like this, the car felt good straight out of the box and I know the track pretty well, so I could push from the very first lap”.
With his Race 2 success in Marrakech, Chris van der Drift ended a 21-month-long streak without a win.
A widely recognized talent, the kiwi driver had to face tough times since his huge Brands Hatch crash in 2010 and this also explains why his win in Marrakech was hailed by big smiles throughout the whole Auto GP paddock, with everybody seeing it as a deserved reward after a very unlucky period.
Chris Van der Drift is the second “king” of the Marrakech Auto GP weekend, after winning today’s race 2 with a stunning performance.
In a season that already saw 5 different winners in 6 rounds, the Kiwi driver bagged the first success for him and MP Motorsport thanks to both a masterful drive and a very good job by his pit-wall staff.
Sergey Sirotkin will start from pole position in tomorrow’s Race 1 on the Marrakech Moulay El Hassan circuit.
The Russian driver of Euronova Racing was quickest in a session that was stopped two times in the last 10 minutes, spoiling the plans of teams and drivers: the red flag was waved a first time after Yann Cunha stopped on track for a technical issue with 10 minutes to go, and again when also Giacomo Ricci’s car came to a halt with just 5 minutes to the end of the session.
Championship leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was quickest at the end of the second Auto GP practice on the Moulay El Hassan circuit in Marrakech.
The brit of SuperNova topped the sheets with a 1’29”336 that was nearly 3 tenths better than his fastest rival. Even more impressively, Quaife-Hobbs managed to keep the lead despite missing half of the session due to a spin and a consequent engine stall that forced the marshals to push his car off the track.
Sergio Campana topped the timesheets in the first Free Practice session on the Moulay El Hassan circuit in Marrakech.
The reigning Italian F3 Champion posted the fastest lap right in the last minutes of a session that was made particularly tricky by a brief rain shower that dampened the track with just 40 minutes to the green light.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs won the Sunday Race of the Valencia Auto GP weekend after storming through the pack from P7 on the grid.
The championship leader built his success on a great start that allowed him to jump to third place already before the first corner, and on the early pit-stop strategy chosen by SuperNova, that meant he could make the most of his stunning pace on a traffic-free track: with a 36” gap from the lead when he emerged from the pit-lane on lap 5, Quaife-Hobbs started gaining more than one second per lap, and when everybody had made his mandatory tyre change he found himself in the lead by an amazing 7”, clinching an impressive win.