Griston-based Super Nova International team to visit Britain twice this year in Auto GP World Series

The new Auto GP car for this year's championship. The new Auto GP car for this year's championship.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
1:52 PM

The Auto GP World Series, in which Super Nova International are the current reigning champions and Teams title holder, has announced it will visit Britain twice this year.

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The news means the Griston-based team will be able to race in front of home fans at Silverstone in the first weekend of June, supporting the Blancpain GT Endurance Series.

Later in the year the penultimate round of the eight race series will take place at Donington Park at the end of August.

Super Nova have yet to announce a replacement for title holder Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who dominated the series last year, to follow in the footsteps of Lotus Formula One racer Romain Grosjean and Kevin Ceccon.

Quaife-Hobbs’ record was an impressive one with the British racer taking his Super Nova to five race wins in the season as well as three consecutive pole positions.

The impending champion made a late decision to contest the series flying out to Italy the day before the opening races at Monza which yielded a victory and third place to put him on top of the points chart.

After his first single-seater double podium Quaife-Hobbs committed to the rest of the season and set off for Valencia in Spain for the next round full of confidence. He was rewarded with another pole position and two podium places with victory in race two after taking second place in the opening event.

Marrakesh followed with Quaife-Hobbs taking his podium tally to five with second place in the first race but his sequence was broken in race two when he finished fourth.

At the Hungaroring Quaife-Hobbs resumed his double podium routine with another victory and a second place to increase his lead to 43 points.

Portugal was a perfect weekend with Quaife-Hobbs claiming a pair of victories and two fastest laps at Portimao to establish an almost unassailable 73-point advantage.

Quaife-Hobbs sealed the title at Curitiba Circuit in Brazil after claiming his fifth pole position of the season. The opening race secured sixth place and the crown while his first real error of the season followed in race two when he crashed entering the pit lane for the mandatory tyre exchange in race two.

The newly crowned champion secured his sixth pole start in Somona, USA, but ended the first race in the gravel after former Grand Prix racer Antonio Pizzonia spared into him at the second corner.

In the second race a tenth podium position confirmed the local squad as the Team’s Champions and Quaife-Hobbs as the top Under-21 racer in the series.

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