Adrian Quaife-Hobbs is one of europe's brightest motor racing prospects. Adrian’s achievement when aged just 15 and still one the youngest ever to be awarded, is truly remarkable. Adrian won the 2005 BRSCC T-Cars championship, still the youngest ever winner of an MSA sanctioned car racing championship and established himself as one of only a few drivers tipped for International stardom.
Like many drivers, Adrian started his career in karting, aged 11, before moving into cars at just 14 years old. Adrian chose the established T-Cars route that has guided many top-line International drivers down their chosen path. A remarkable run of success through the junior saloon car series allowed Adrian to claim an astonishing eight victories and two second places from 18 rounds and totally dominate the end-of-season Autumn Trophy winning six of the seven races.
The teenager continued into T-Cars at the start of 2006 but with 30 car races and 17 race wins already under his belt opted to spend the rest of the year testing various cars ready for 2007. Adrian participated in the Formula BMW Scholarship in Valencia, which he was one of the six to be chosen from the UK.
A season in the learning category of Formula BMW allowed Adrian the opportunity to run for the first time in single-seaters as he quickly got to grips with a ‘slicks and wings’ mini Grand Prix car. When the time came to embark on his first full season in true single-seater racing it was the established category of Formula Renault, that Adrian chose.
Making his debut at the end of 2007, Adrian was immediately on the pace and impressing the series regulars at Donington Park’s World Series by Renault support round in front of around 250,000 excited race fans.
In 2008 Adrian continued into the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship and Italia Cup and is now a highly sought after champion of the future. For 2009 Adrian signed for reigning Eurocup and North Europe Cup champions Motopark with whom he has already established an enviable relationship, finishing forth in both the Northern European Cup and the prestigious Formula Renault Euro Cup.
Euro F3 was the plan for 2010 but after the two opening rounds saw Adrian move into the newly established GP3 with Manor Virgin Racing where he was a regular in the top qualifing times, but mechanical failure problems stopped him from making the conversion into race results. 2010 winter testing was a huge success with Comtec Racing in their World Series 3.5 Renault at Barcelona and Motorland, where Adrian was pole for three days out of four and never out of the top three . Adrian tested in Abu Dhabi, making his debut in a GP2, with Scuderia Coloni motorsport where he surprised everyone, by out performing many of the seasoned regular GP2 drivers. Adrian's time on track was the last two days of testing the 2010 GP2 car with the professionals, where he was third on old tyres, before he had to retire due to brake problems.
2011 saw him return to GP3 with Marussia Virgin Manor Race team, where he put the knowledge that he learnt during 2010 into good practise, finishing the championship in joint 4th. 2011 also saw Adrian debut in a F1 car with two straight line tests for Marussia Virgin Racing and taking part in the Rookie test days at Adu Dhabi in November, Marussia Virgin Racing Driver Development Manager Marc Hynes said: “Adrian did an exceptional job in his half-day test with us on Tuesday. I was really impressed with the way he attacked the opportunity as the first F1 test can be quite daunting. He took to it really well and the times were competitive. His feedback was strong and his pace was good. This was a great chance for him and he grabbed it with both hands - he certainly made the most of it.”
In 2012 Adrian dominated the renamed AutoGP World Series with leading top-level single seater outfit SuperNova Racing, clinching the title with two races still remaining. The only series to race on three continents outside F1, on some of the best tracks in the world, AutoGP attracted a quality field and allowed Adrian to show his expert racing skills and superb car control in front of massive crowds. In a series previously won by Ferrari F1 racer Felipe Massa and Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean, Adrian became the only driver in the series history to take five race wins in one season, three consecutive pole positions and three successive race wins.