Quaife-Hobbs Ready For Italian JobApr 8, 2015 11:59 am
Tonbridge, Kent (UK) – Wednesday 8 April 2015; Adrian Quaife-Hobbs gets his season underway in the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza this weekend (11&12 April). No stranger to the Italian track, the Tonbridge racer makes his sportscar debut in a VonRyanRacing McLaren 650S GT3, at arguably the most historic circuit currently in use.
Following a successful test with the McLaren GT customer team at Silverstone, Snetterton and Paul Ricard, the 24 year-old is now relishing the chance to make his first competitive outing of the year, among the near-capacity field. Now in its fifth season, the SRO-organised Blancpain Endurance Series looks set to be the most exciting yet, with a bumper entry across all classes.
For Quaife-Hobbs, the opportunity to put all his AutoGP World Series, GP2 and GP3 experience to the test, following the lengthy winter break, can’t come quick enough. And although a completely new departure the BRDC Fairfield Trophy winner will as always give his best aboard the team’s 3.8-litre motor.
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel competitively, naturally we’ve tested and that’s all gone incredibly well, but there’s no substitute for racing, said Adrian. “I know the Monza track and now know the McLaren 650S, the team is very professional, and the series is enjoying its best season since it started, so it should be a great weekend.
“Of course it’s a completely different discipline for me coming in from single-seaters, but that won’t be a problem, many of the drivers competing in sportscars have done the same. The most difficult thing will probably be not wanting to hand over the car to my team-mates but I’ll leave the team to sort out that!”
This season Adrian will visit some of the top European tracks, including an appearance at his home circuit of Silverstone on 23&24 May, with the additional rounds taking place on 19&20 June, Paul Ricard (France); 25&26 July, Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and 19&20 September, Nürburgring (Germany).
With ‘as live’ coverage on Motors TV, highlights on both Eurosport and BT Sport, together with live streaming http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live and live timing at http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live#live-timing, there’s no shortage of opportunities to keep up with the action.
Practice this weekend gets underway at 10.05 on Saturday, with pre qualifying at 14.10 later in the day. Qualifying kicks off Sunday’s track action at 07.00, with the three-hour race at 12.30. (All times GMT, add two hours for local time.)
This post was written by JM