Quaife-Hobbs begins weekend on a high

Auto GP
Today the teams were testing in Valencia, minus Chris van der Drift who will be back in action for Manor MP tomorrow. Championship leader and winner at the first race in Monza, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, went fastest for Super Nova. Sergey Sirotkin, whose weekend in Italy was marred by a stall, was second-fastest. Adrian’s teammate Victor Guerin – who had an appalling weekend last time out, was third-fastest.
Sten Pentus and Yann Cunha both did well on their first Auto GP outings, with Pentus beating his teammate Pal Varhaug by 0.02s. Yann Cunha was 0.4s faster than his teammate Giancarlo Serenelli.
Matteo Beretta has moved from Virtuosi to Zele, becoming teammate to Giacomo Ricci. Beretta is currently last in the championship (yep, even Giancarlo Serenelli is ahead). Speaking of Serenelli, he might be better to focus his attention on Auto GP as he returns to motorsport, considering his disasterous first weekend of GP2. I suspect, however, that the money flowing from Venezuela will secure his seat for the near future.

Chris van der Drift was not present for today’s tests, but will be back tomorrow for practice and qualifying.

NEC
Fortec Motorsport confirmed today that in light of the FR UK championship’s cancellation for 2012, they will be entering their four drivers into the Formula Renault NEC. Those are Josh Hill, Shahaan Engineer, Jake Dennis and Dan de Zille.
Josh drove for Manor in FR UK last season, and shone in the Finals as well but with Fortec. He also picked up some excellent results in the Toyota Racing Series.
Dan de Zille came sixth in British Formula Ford last season, picking up five podiums, and drove for Fortec in the FR UK Finals.
Jake Dennis won the InterSteps Championship, with eight wins out of 20 races. He also drove for Fortec in the Finals.
Finally Shahaan Engineer is the only Indian driver in the group (the others are British). He, like the others, participated in the Finals with Fortec, and also drove in TRS NZ. His younger brother Cyrus is also a racing driver.

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