DVF Racing to build on trio of podium finishes as Carrera Cup heads to Donington Park

DVF Racing made a strong start to the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch as Tio Ellinas scored two second-place finishes.

For Ellinas the two strong performances were the ideal start for a season in which he has championship aspirations. “It was a good weekend with two positive podium finishes,” he said. “I think it will be a good one at Donington. I enjoy racing there and from where we are now if we work the same way and keep improving both the team and myself we can win. I think Dino will be our main competition, so we’ll have to fight with him and give him a hard time.”

“Donington is not as tight as Brands Hatch, so I think I will fit in nicely. I’ve won a couple of times there in Super Touring so I’m looking forward to it and stretching the cars’ legs. I have to say a massive thanks to Lordes for sponsoring us and believing in me.”

Slidesports Engineering Team Manager Mark Jenkins is excited to perform closer to home for the next two rounds. “I’m looking forward to Donington, it’s our home race as a team,” he said. “In the first test at the track Tio showed himself to be fast and with what we’ve learned in the opening races I think he is going to be on the money.”

David Fairbrother, who didn’t climb behind the wheel at Brands Hatch, was immensely proud of the team effort. “To start the new season with three trophies is absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I’m really proud of what Tio achieved on track, and that was thanks to the hard work of Mark and the team at Slidesports. I can’t wait to see what we can all achieve at Donington Park.”

The DVF Racing cars will be on track at Donington Park for two test sessions on Thursday April 26, before qualifying at 11:55 on Saturday April 28. The first 33-lap race takes place that afternoon at 17:05, with the second on Sunday April 29 at 13:35, which will also be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub.

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DVF Racing starts Porsche Carrera Cup GB season with trio of podium finishes

It was a strong start for DVF Racing as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season began at Brands Hatch. Despite tricky conditions with a wet race one, damp race two, and incidents throughout the field, the DVF drivers kept cool heads to bring home trophies and points.

Cypriot Tio Ellinas opened his account with the team in the Pall-Ex Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car by securing two second-place finishes.

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Ellinas showed why he was awarded a Formula 1 test drive during his single-seater days as he made a number of impressive moves, including two dives into Paddock Hill Bend in the rain and a bold pass around the outside of Graham Hill Bend.

In race one he reeled in race leader Dino Zamparelli but ran out of time to challenge as the clock counted down, finishing just 3.6s behind at the flag. He was running a strong second again in race two, but the event was red flagged to an early conclusion after a number of incidents as the rain began to fall.

 

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager, Slidesports Engineering commented, “I am very happy. We missed the sweet spot for Tio slightly in qualifying, but we learned and switched it on for him in race one and he did a good job. Race two the conditions were mixed, but he read the conditions and did well.”

The DVF Racing team will be in action again as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season continues at Donington Park on 26-29 April, with race two of the weekend live on ITV4 at 13:35.

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Brands Hatch (Indy) Gallery

The DVF Racing team are off to a strong start with success at Brands Hatch.

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Silverstone Media Day

Tio Ellinas took the Porsche Media Day by storm. See the gallery below.

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Driver Profile – Richard Hawken

Enjoying karting through his teenage years, including winning the South of England Open Championship aged 14, Richard progressed into car racing at the age of 19. Richard has enjoyed a long career of saloon car racing, competing initially in a the RML / Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall Cavalier built in 1993 for the Spa 24 Hours, before moving to David Leslie’s 1997 BTCC Nissan Primera, again built by RML.

Richard raced this car from 2005 until 2013, securing one Class B and two Super Touring Trophy titles in the BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship. In 2015 he finally fulfilled a long-term dream of racing in the BTCC, after falling in love with touring cars as a youngster when attending races at Thruxton with his late father. Richard competed in three races with Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing, raising funds and awareness for the official charity of The Parachute Regiment.

Returning to the TOCA paddock, Richard will undertake a new challenge in 2018 as he turns his first laps in the second-generation Porsche 991-type GT3 Cup car.

STATS:
Born: Andover, Hampshire
Nationality: British
DOB: 03/01/1972
Height: 6’2” (191 cm)

CAREER:
2015 British Touring Car Championship
2013 HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy
2012 FujiFilm Touring Car Trophy (Third place)
2012 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship
2011 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship (Super Touring Trophy & Class B winner)
2010 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship (Super Touring Trophy winner)
2009 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship
2008 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship
2007 BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship
2006 BRSCC Euro Saloon Car Championship
2005 BRSCC Euro Saloon Car Championship
2004 Super Touring Challenge
2004 BRSCC Winter Saloon Trophy
2004 BRSCC Euro Saloon Car Championship
2002 BARC Formula Saloons

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