Oulton Park

It was a double delight for the DVF Racing Team at Oulton Park.

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DVF Racing tops championship standings after podium success at Oulton Park

DVF Racing made a successful visit to Oulton Park for rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with Slidesports Engineering. Driver Tio Ellinas scored two podium finishes to open up a six-point lead in the championship standings as the first half of the season came to a close.

Tio fell back from his third-place starting spot in race one but passed rival Dino Zamparelli to regain the position with six laps left to run and followed up with a similar result in race two to move to the lead of the championship.

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In Pro-Am, David Fairbrother continued to impress on his Carrera Cup return, making up four spots from his starting position to finish fourth in race one, but unfortunately retired with damage in race two.

The team will now enjoy a six-week summer break before getting set for rounds nine and ten at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 27-29. Both races that weekend will take place on Sunday, with the latter live on ITV4 and ITV Hub online.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11

“We qualified third for race one. It wasn’t a bad race because we passed Dino. I feel sorry for him not finishing, but this happens, and everyone has their ups and downs in the championship, so we took the opportunity to outscore him. In race two we dropped off a bit at the start and I had to concentrate to do the best job possible. It was a good weekend with two thirds and scoring important points, especially with what happened to Dino. It’s the mid-point of the championship now and hopefully we can extend the lead further at Snetterton.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9

“It was a bit of an up-and-down weekend really. The pace is in the car as you can see Tio is doing well in Pro and I was able to put in some good lap times during the race, but we have to tie it all together. The performance was good in race one, the guys at Slidesports did a great job with the car, and we weren’t far away from getting back on the podium – I’m sure I’ll get there soon. It didn’t happen for us in race two but that’s the way it goes. We’ll be fit and ready to go at Snetterton.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“We’re now at the halfway point of the season and I would take two third places over a risky win any day. We’re leading the championship, Tio’s performances are good, and I think there’s more to come. We’re looking forward to a bit of a rest to regroup. David at one part of the race was doing some very good times – quick enough to be second in Pro-Am – so I think he’s overdue a better finish. It’s all positive for us.”

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Monza

It was a double delight for the DVF Racing Team at Monza.

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Podium streak continues for DVF Racing after Monza adventure

DVF Racing kept itself firmly in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship hunt with two podium finishes for Cypriot Tio Ellinas as the series travelled to Monza.

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Tio produced a solid drive in Saturday’s race one, avoiding carnage at the first corner which took out a number of competitors. Starting fifth he kept a cool head before applying constant pressure to George Gamble ahead. He forced the Team Parker driver into an error at the Parabolica with three minutes remaining to secure second place.

DVF Racing also welcomed back David Fairbrother to the team at Monza, after missing the opening rounds of the season. The Yorkshireman had lots of catching up to do with the new car for this year and was thrust into the middle of the Monza drama in race one, being forced to take avoiding action as cars collided in front of him to resume unscathed.

In the reverse-grid race two Tio quickly made his way up from fifth, but in avoiding Seb Perez was passed by title rival Dino Zamparelli and had to settle for third. David recovered from going off track in avoidance of another car and narrowly missed an Am podium finish.

Tio Ellinas, driver, #11

“It was a good weekend overall, though it was both good and bad to be honest. We didn’t have the pace at the beginning of the weekend, but we tweaked the set up and got there with the car.

“In race two when I tried to pass Perez he braked early into the Parabolica and in order to avoid him I locked up and Dino got in front, so it was difficult for me.”

David Fairbrother, driver, #9

“What a nice place to return to the Carrera Cup. It’s the first time I’ve ever driven here. It’s a bit fast and a bit scary. Going round places like this pushes you to the limits. When you look down and the speedo is creeping up to 300 km/h it really clarifies the mind. In qualifying I tried to go radical on the set-up and it was too twitchy. I’m a confidence driver, and that was a step too far. I realised very quickly I’m not Tio Ellinas!

“I let myself down in race one, I made a good start and all hell broke loose. I knew what I was going to do but didn’t commit early enough. I planned to go down the slip road, but I tried to make the first turn and put a wheel on the grass and spun around like Pete Burns. I caught Shamus [Jennings] and had a little bit of a moment with a car that came back on the circuit and lost places.

“I’ve got the speed, the car is good, the guys have learned a lot in having to up their game with Tio who is a really good driver. You have to push the boundaries and we’ll have growing pains, but we win together, and we lose together. That’s why we are a team.”

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Mark Jenkins, Team Manager, Slidesports Engineering

“Monza is a very special place. Although it’s a Formula 1 track there’s some areas where you need to be respectful. Tio has done a great job. The car was very quick in race two, but we got held up in traffic due to the reverse grid. I don’t like it, because we’re here to race.

“It’s been excellent by David Fairbrother as had to spend part of the run up to the meeting and the practice sessions running the car in, so he’s been a bit on the back foot. But he’s shown his speed and is slightly near to where he should be, which is getting onto the podium in Am.

“Overall it was a good weekend. We lost three points to Dino as Tio made a small mistake and Dino got past him. We’re now up to three cars so the team is getting stronger.”

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DVF Racing ready for Italian tilt after Donington Park victory

DVF Racing travels to Monza after a successful weekend at Donington Park where Tio Ellinas took the first victory for himself, DVF, and Slidesports Engineering. Tio will be further boosted by the return of David Fairbrother at the Italian circuit.

Halifax-based businessman Fairbrother hasn’t raced so far in 2018 but is excited about making his return in the Gen II Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the car,” he said. “I like Monza, I like the weather, and hopefully we’ll have good results. I’ve been around the circuit a lot in European GT4. The thing is it’s fairly straightforward. It’s very fast, very scary, and an iconic track. I’ve been seeing the Am drivers going around and I fancy my chances to tell you the truth. Everybody at the team has been brilliant, and we’ll continue to go from strength to strength.”

For Cypriot Ellinas Donington was a great success as he proved his championship credentials with pole position and victory in the first of the weekend’s races and he heads to a circuit where he’s had a memorable victory in the past. “Monza is a circuit that I’ve been at twice,” he said. “I’ve won there in GP3 and I was front row the next year, so I want to repeat that in the Carrera Cup. It’s a different car though, so the only advantage is knowing the way around and the racing line.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager as Slidesports enjoys the annual European races as he feels it balances out the field. “Monza is really good because the fly-away races are a bit of a leveller,” he said. “You can’t practice there much so the teams have to adapt to the car in the short period of time we have and it’s about the instincts of the driver.”

The drivers will be on track at Monza for two free practice sessions on Friday 11 May with qualifying and race one taking place on Saturday. Race two will be held on Sunday morning, with coverage of both races streamed live on the Carrera Cup website. Links to the racing will be provided on the DVF Racing Twitter and Facebook pages closer to the event.

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