Driver profile – Tio Ellinas

With experience belying his 26 years of age, Tio Ellinas has race wins in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 and took part in Formula 1 testing. He began racing at the age of seven, quickly having success in his home country of Cyprus. In six years of karting he took 101 wins from the 131 races he participated in, a stunning success rate of 77%.

Winning the Grand Prix Shootout competition in 2009, he carried the momentum into MSA Formula Ford, becoming 2010 Rookie of the Year, before finishing third in Formula Renault the following season.

Continuing his rise up the ladder he moved to GP3, taking a race win in his first season and following up with two more in 2013, en route to fourth in the championship. His performance with Marussia in GP3 earned him two tests in the team’s Formula 1 car, one a straight-line run at an airfield, and one at Silverstone that July, setting the second fastest time of the drivers in the car.

After scoring points in a part-season in GP2 he moved to Formula Renault 3.5 with Strakka Racing, scoring two wins in 2015. After a year off he returned to racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, ending the season with an impressive four-straight podium finishes and claiming another Rookie title.

STATS:

Races entered: 131

Wins: 101

Race Win Percentage: 77%

 

RACING CAREER

2017
• Porsche Carrera Cup GB (Slidesports) 

2015
• Formula Renault 3.5

2014
• GP2 Series
• MRF Challenge Formula 2000

2013
• MRF Challenge Formula 2000
• GP3 Series
• GP3 Series

2012
• GP3 Series

2011
• Formula Renault 2.0 UK

2010
• Formula Ford Festival
• MSA Formula Ford

Tio Ellinas joins David Fairbrother in Carrera Cup return with Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services Slidesports team

Former GP3 race winner and GT convert Tio Ellinas will partner with David Fairbrother as they both return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB (PCCGB) in 2018. David will compete in the newly-designated ‘Am’ category. The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services driver will be joined by talented Cypriot Tio Ellinas who will race in the Pro class in the brand-new second generation 991 GT3 Cup car.

Fairbrother made his Carrera Cup GB debut in 2017 running with Slidesports, finishing fifth in the Pro-Am 2 standings and taking his first race win at Snetterton in July. He has also competed in GT and endurance events, with a third-place finish in class in the 2017 24H of COTA and winning the GT Cup Group GTB title in 2015.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB,” said David. “I enjoyed the challenge last year and want to build on my performance and hopefully climb back on the top step of the podium a few more times. I am happy to be back with Slidesports, there was no thought of going anywhere else.

“The endurance races at COTA and Yas Marina have been fun over the winter, but there’s nothing better than being back on track regularly and racing the same guys week in-week out. I can’t wait to get to grips with the new 991 GT3 Cup car, especially with the trip to Monza this year.”

Ellinas enjoyed a single-seater career which included stints in GP3, GP2, and Formula Renault V8 3.5, as well as completing a days’ running in the 2013 Formula 1 Young Driver Test with Marussia. He moved to Carrera Cup GB in 2017, taking five podium finishes on his way to finishing sixth in the overall standings and winning the Rookie class by 64 points.

“After doing so well from mid-season onwards, scoring five podiums last year and winning the Rookie title puts us in a good position,” said Tio. “I’m really optimistic for this season and now is the time to go for the overall title. With the new car it is a reset for all the drivers. There will not be as much testing available, so it will be like starting from zero for everyone. I’m looking forward to working with David and the Slidesports team, I think we can really start the season on the front foot and go for the championship.”

The two drivers will form an integral part of an expanded motorsport push by partners Pall-Ex. The distinctive branding of the organisation founded by former Dragons Den judge Hilary Devey will also appear on the Ciceley Motorsport run Mercedes Benz touring cars of Adam Morgan and Tom Oliphant.

Provisional 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB schedule

Rounds 1 & 2: Brands Hatch Indy – 6-8 April
Rounds 3 & 4: Donington Park – 26-29 April
Rounds 5 & 6: Monza – 11-13 May
Rounds 7 & 8: Oulton Park Island – 8-10 June
Rounds 9 & 10: Snetterton 300 – 27-29 July
Rounds 11 & 12: Knockhill – 24-26 August
Rounds 13 & 14: Silverstone National – 14-16 September
Rounds 15 & 16: Brands Hatch Grand Prix – 28-30 September

Fairbrother and co in 24 hours American dash

David Fairbrother will end his 2017 racing season with the first of two endurance events as he heads to the Circuit of The Americas for the Creventic 24H COTA, on November 10, 11, 12.

The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services branded 991 GT3 Cup car has been making its way to Austin and has safely arrived in the United States en route to the circuit. “We’ve planned to do this race from the start of the year,” said David. “The entry has been in since we heard about it. One of my ambitions has been to race in the United States so I am delighted to be able to compete.”

Sharing the car with David will be Carrera Cup racer Graeme Mundy, and GT Cup drivers Nigel Armstrong and Colin Paton. “I met Nigel and Colin in GT Cup in 2015 and we’ve stayed friends,” said David. “Graeme I know through Carrera Cup, and he, Colin and I took part in the Gulf 12H last year, while Nigel and I raced in the Dubai 24H.

“I really enjoy taking part in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB throughout the year, and I love endurance racing, so this is the perfect way to round off the season.”

David and his team-mates will be competing thanks to Fuel Card Services, Pall-Ex, Linden Hire, JCB, Lockton Insurance, and RW Armstrong, with special thanks to Jim Smith of Steadplan Group.

Porsche Carrera Cup Gallery – Brands Hatch GP – 2nd October 2017

David Fairbrother and Ross Wylie bounced back from early disappointment to come away with good results at Brands Hatch to end the Porsche Carrera Cup season.

Read the full race report here.

 

 

Tough weekend ends well for Fairbrother and Wylie at Brands Hatch

David Fairbrother and Ross Wylie bounced back from early disappointment to come away with good results at Brands Hatch to end the Porsche Carrera Cup season.

The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services teammates had high hopes coming into the weekend, but qualifying problems for Wylie meant he started race one last on the grid, before an inspired drive led to an eventual tenth-placed finish. He followed up in race two with an 11th place, securing third place in the Rookie standings – a fine reward for his work.

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“It certainly wasn’t the weekend we wanted,” said Ross. “Friday was looking quite promising. The first practice was good for us, we had an issue in the second session but we were happy with how it went. After that, qualifying was a bit of a disaster with the tyre deflating. We still don’t know the reason for it happening but it destroyed the weekend, as we were last on the grid for both races. It was good fun starting from the back. I had a lot of fun in the mixed condition, a lot of fun. All things aside, it was quite a decent day considering we were off the back of the grid. There is still a lot of pace to find but we can reflect over the winter.”

Fairbrother suffered clutch problems in race one, and disappointingly had to retire, but in race two had a race-long fight for second in Pro-Am2 with Shamus Jennings and Iain Dockerill, eventually finishing in a strong third place, showing that he had the overall pace of the fastest runners in class and setting up the prospect of a promising 2018 season.

“We build through the weekend, and get the result on race day,” said David. “Someone once told me ‘you never get a trophy on Friday, you get them on Sunday!’ Without the clutch issues in the first race I felt we could have won it, and that would have put the cat amongst the pigeons with everything.

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“We showed what we could do in race two, we were as fast as anybody in class and are looking forward to next year. We’ve got some unfinished business.”

“Losing the tyre off the rim set the tone for the weekend,” added team boss Mark Jenkins. “It affected both races because Ross had to start from the back. Both of the guys drove well in the second race, Ross was happy with the balance of the car and David got on the podium. They did well to recover from what was a horrible weekend.”

The team and drivers will now turn their attention to the 2018 season and the arrival of the brand new 991 GT3 Cup generation 2 car.