Recently taken up cycling again and racking up the miles when I can.
Now i've only ever had a MTB and as all my routes at present are road I thought I should get a road bike. So my question for those that are in the know what is the difference between a racer and road hybrid bike, apart from handlbar config is there a great difference? My mate just swtiched from a MTB to racer and he seems to glide along compared to me.

Any help or tips appreciated. Not got a huge budget only about £250 to start with.