Tio Ellinas and DVF Racing claim Carrera Cup title – Brands Hatch Gallery

Tio Ellinas pulled off an incredible fightback to become the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion on a remarkable final day of the season at Brands Hatch. Coming into the day the Cypriot was eight points behind rival Dino Zamparelli, but two podium finishes were enough to give him the title after both 17-lap races.

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Tio Ellinas and DVF Racing claim Carrera Cup title in dramatic Brands Hatch finale

Tio Ellinas pulled off an incredible fightback to become the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion on a remarkable final day of the season at Brands Hatch. Coming into the day the Cypriot was eight points behind rival Dino Zamparelli, but two podium finishes were enough to give him the title after both 17-lap races.

Only able to qualify in sixth place on Saturday afternoon, things looked bleak for Tio’s chances. However, Zamparelli lost control of his car on coolant dropped by another entrant while leading race one and fell to the rear of the field, meaning Tio’s third place put the pair level on points going into the final contest of the year.

Starting fifth for that race, Tio did well to avoid a spin from pole-sitter Michael Caine and attempted to take second place from Tom Jackson before being pushed wide and falling back to fourth. He kept calm and patiently waited for his moment to pass Jackson later in the race however, to score a second podium and claim an emotional championship victory.

It was also a weekend of success for DVF Racing’s David Fairbrother and Richard Hawken in the Am category. Capping a sweet return after missing several races this season, David finished second in race one and held off late pressure from Richard in race two to claim third. Richard didn’t leave empty-handed though, as he repeated his result in the season-opener at his local circuit, with a third place in race one.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11


“It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t find the words at the moment to describe it but from the day that this deal happened we’ve just tried our best to do everything possible to make this happen and finally we did it. We were so consistent through all our races, we had many podiums, but we were just missing the edge sometimes to finish on a high but overall it has just been a great, great season.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9


“A bunch of daft lads have just won the Carrera Cup! The first race was really good, and we were on the podium again with second. In the second race I had some tyre issues and the pressures went up a little bit, so I had to back off and fell into the clutches of Richard and had to defend for the last three laps. He got along-side once, but we were able to bring it home for another podium in third place. It’s been a mega weekend and the team have just done a great job. It makes me very proud.”

Richard Hawken, driver #84


“We had a great race one. I finished on the podium which was fantastic and we should have had a podium in race two but my fuel pumps wouldn’t work. I had to pull off the track at the start of the warm up lap, but I was able to get them to work in service mode and did the race from there. It rounds out a great season and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Slidesports has done a fantastic job for me all year and Lordes has been a great sponsor. I love being part of the Carrera Cup, it’s a fantastic championship and we’ll be back better and stronger next year.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“If there was ever a team that was powered by passion it is Slidesports. DVF Racing never lost its belief, focus, and direction with us. It was an impressive performance by even more impressive individuals, and that is the definition of teamwork. We have to let our results do the talking: five podiums, driver of the weekend, and team of the weekend.

“These days come in motorsport, but they don’t come along often so you need to remember them and hold on to them. It is a memory that will last forever. It started close and it ended close.”

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Enjoyable weekend for Fairbrother and Morgan in British GT appearance

DVF Racing made a promising debut in the British GT Championship at Donington Park as David Fairbrother made his first start in the series alongside multiple British Touring Car Championship race inner Adam Morgan, who made his second appearance some seven years after a one-off drive at Oulton Park.

The pair competed in a brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT4, run by Adam’s BTCC outfit Ciceley Motorsport and were quickly up to speed, qualifying fourth in GT4 Pro-Am after a sterling effort by the touring car star to set the second-fastest time of anyone in his session.

Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer David started the race but was unlucky on lap two as he lost control through the Fogarty Esses and was unable to get the car out of the gravel without assistance. This dropped the car back some six laps from the rest of the GT4 Pro-Am runners and out of contention for a podium finish.

Despite the setback, both drivers pushed on, with Adam setting lap times comparable to the class leaders and bringing the car across the line seventh in the two-hour contest.

In the Volkswagen Racing Cup, Mark Steel capped a strong first season in his Slidesports Pall-Ex Golf, with pole position and victory in race two of the weekend. Unfortunately, after suffering the heartbreak of a gearbox failure in the first contest, he finished second in the championship standings by just 26 points.  but is aiming to step up to the main class for 2019.

David Fairbrother

“It was a good day out. I had a really good start and was getting into my rhythm but going into the chicane I hit one kerb too hard, bounced onto the other, and spat the car around and into the gravel. We lost six laps whilst in there and from then were on the back foot. It’s a learning curve but if you think that 36 hours before I had never even sat in the car, it is a testament to the Mercedes: it’s a great car to drive.

“Both Adam and I have come out of sprint racing and we both love a kerb, so a drive-through penalty was going to be likely! Both of us run the kerbs and fire the car out of the corner whereas these guys carry a lot of corner speed and propel the cars down the straight. Maybe next time we have to do a bit more homework and testing!

“Ciceley has been brilliant. Norman Burgess facilitated getting me in the car and we’ve had a really good time and I think it is something we will do again. Both Adam and I and the team have done ourselves proud and worked really well. It’s been a pleasure to be here.”

Adam Morgan

“It was a really good weekend for us. It was our first time in the car, so we treated it like a bit of a test session and toe in the water to see how we got on. There were championship battles which we wanted to stay out of and our aim was to get to know the car, see how the weekend worked, and bring it back in one piece. Unfortunately, Dave had a trip to the gravel, but we’ve learned a huge amount and we’ve all enjoyed it.”

Mark Steel

“It was a tale of two days. I qualified well on Saturday despite never having run on the full GP circuit. Goddards was challenging but I qualified on pole by 0.6s. I went for a full dry set up in the race, but the gearbox gave up. David is my mentor and he phoned me in the evening to check I was alright! On Sunday it dried out and it worked for me, so I came home first in class.

“It’s a cliché to hear people talk about sponsors but I’m not a wealthy guy and I’ve had some real support from 999 Logistics, Tile Mountain, HS Doors, and all the Pall-Ex depots which have got behind me. Without all of those I wouldn’t be here.”

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Carrera Cup battle goes to wire as Ellinas scores podium finish at Silverstone

DVF Racing remains in the hunt for its first-ever Porsche Carrera Cup GB title as Tio Ellinas scored a second place in race one and recovered to an important fourth place later on Sunday afternoon, and is just eight points behind championship leader Dino Zamparelli with 22 on offer at Brands Hatch in a fortnight’s time.

Cypriot Ellinas looked to have secured pole position on Saturday after topping the times towards the end of the qualifying session, but a late flyer by Zamparelli snatched the place by a mere 0.039 of a second. Lining up second on the grid, Tio worked hard in the early stages to fend off a rapid Tom Wrigley, before opening up a gap and taking his 11th podium of the season.

Things looked bright for Tio in race two as he ran third and was challenging George Gamble for second, while Zamparelli was down in sixth, when he was given a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limits. This put him behind his title rival on the timesheets but Tio dug deep and passed Gamble on the road and pulled away. With Zamparelli then slowing on the final lap with a fluid leak, Tio managed to finish ahead and claw back valuable points in the standings.

It was a mixed weekend for DVF Racing teammates David Fairbrother and Richard Hawken in the Am category. David was given a ten second penalty in race one for a false start, costing him a shot at the podium and followed up with fifth place in race two. Richard was running fourth in race one before being taken out and finishing at the back of the order, hampering his chances in race two, where he finished seventh.

All three drivers will be back for the final two races of the season as the team pushes towards the title at Brands Hatch on its legendary Grand Prix circuit on September 29/30.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11
“It wasn’t a bad weekend to start with. We wanted to be on pole to get those two points, but we didn’t get it, so we started seven points adrift. Dino had a third set of tyres and we didn’t so he had the option of a third run. We were a bit off at the start of race one, Dino checked out, and I couldn’t get any closer, so we lost another two points to him. Race two was good until I got the penalty. Overall, it’s not the weekend we wanted it to be but we’re going to fight at Brands Hatch.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9
“Tio’s result was good. We’ve got to ride the penalty. My races were consistent, and the times were good. I’m getting back into the swing of things after the layoff. Qualifying was average for me but I’m chipping away all weekend. The penalty was disappointing because you work so hard and the differences around here are so minute that ten seconds is tough.”

 
Richard Hawken, driver #84
“It wasn’t the best weekend. I was punted out of fourth in race one and punted out of fifth in race two! I had high hopes coming here as it’s a circuit I’ve won on a few times, but we live to fight another day. The pace had grown all weekend. I didn’t test on Wednesday, so it was two practice sessions and straight into qualifying: that’s hampered us all year with the lack of budget unfortunately.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering
“Tio had impressive pace in qualifying. It was interesting to see that we increased our testing pace. It was a bit cruel to lose pole position by that little, but it is what it is. Race one was pretty good. Tio was busy defending and couldn’t attack and Zamaprelli took off into the distance. In race two everyone was abusing track limits and it seems like we’ve been singled out. But the performance is good, the championship is not over, and we’ll fight to the bitter end.

“Richard reports that his car is in ‘perfect balance’ but he suffers from a lack of testing and has all year but he improves every time he gets in the car. David is still improving and got up to P4, but it was a tricky weekend.”

 

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DVF Racing eyes Silverstone success as season heads to September swan song

As the Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads into its penultimate weekend at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, DVF Racing has its eyes firmly on the championship title. Pro category driver Tio Ellinas sits just five points back from the lead in the standings with 48 points still available.

Cypriot Tio performed well in the rain at Knockhill last time out, securing two podium finishes and keeping rival Dino Zamparelli behind him in the second race of the weekend.

Richard Hawken, competing in his first year in the Carrera Cup, was on the verge of the Am category podium places on his Knockhill debut and will be hoping to carry that form to a circuit he has had success on in his time racing touring cars.

The pair will be re-joined once again by Yorkshireman David Fairbrother as DVF Racing returns to a three-car effort for the final two rounds of the year. Halifax-based David finished on the podium twice at Silverstone last season and will be working hard to repeat his performance this time out.

Teams will head to the Northamptonshire circuit on Wednesday 12 September for an official test before undertaking two free practice sessions on Friday 14th. Qualifying takes place at 13:00 on Saturday, with both 28-lap races on Sunday 16 September at 11:15 and 16:30, the latter being broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11

“Silverstone is a track I enjoy. I was quick there last year: I got driver of the weekend and was fighting for P1 all the way through, so I hope it is going to be a good one for us again this year and that everything is going to be ok. Hopefully we can celebrate a race win.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9

“It will be nice to go back to Silverstone and get behind the wheel of the Porsche again. I had a good time there last year, qualifying second for both races and finishing with two podiums, so it gives us something to aim for and try to beat. It’s also getting to crunch time in the championship, so we have to work hard for Tio and try to get him in position to win the title.”

Richard Hawken, driver #84

“We’ll be going back to a circuit I know. I love Silverstone, I’ve raced on and won on all three configurations so I’m hoping to do pretty well there. Hopefully we can squeeze in a test, so I can get used to the Porsche as last time I was there was in a touring car, but we’ll see how it goes. We’re going to have lots of clients there, lots of guests from Lordes so it will be a big weekend for us; I just need to deliver on track.”

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