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

About our drivers – Porsche Carrera Cup GB

David Fairbrother has been car racing since 2012 after many years racing superbikes. He finished eighth in the VW cup in both 2013 and 2014, and placed fourth in the VAG trophy in 2014 too.

2016 saw him enter several endurance races around the world, including the Gulf 12 Hours where he finished fifth, and the Dubai 24 Hour, where he placed 16th after suffering major damage in an incident which forced him to rebuild the car to continue.

Find out more about David here.

 

Dumfries-born Ross Wylie was named the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s Rising Star in 2014, after three wins as well as three other podium places from eight races in his first British GT4 Championship.

In 2015, Wylie entered his first British GT Championship Silver Cup, securing six top ten placings from nine races, before being named McLaren GT’s Young Driver, and the BRDC’s SuperStar.

Find out more about Ross here.

Tio began racing at the age of seven in his home country of Cyprus. From winning the Grand Prix Shootout competition in 2009 he hasn’t stopped.

Tio has continued to rise up the ladder and after a year off he returned to racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB taking. Ending the season with an impressive four-straight podium finishes and claiming another Rookie title.

Find out more about Tio here. 

Driver Profile: David Fairbrother

51-year-old David Fairbrother embarks on his rookie campaign in the British Touring Car Championship-supporting Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain championship this season.

The Halifax born racer holds a tally of 65 races to his name from a racing career spanning five years since 2012. Three of those seasons were spent racing in the competitive Volkswagen Racing Cup, a series in which David earned a best championship finish of 12th in 2014 behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Scirocco.

A switch to the GT Cup in 2015 brought success at the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car for David and team-mate James Greenway. The pair claimed nine wins, five podiums, 11 pole positions and 12 fastest laps from the 22-race calendar. This was enough to secure the GTB group title and second in the overall title, just 26 points shy of the crown.

David had a quieter 2016 but again kept himself occupied in GT racing. Sixth place in the GTX class came during the Gulf 12 Hours at Abu Dhabi in a Porsche Cayman, which he also contested in three races in the Am Class of the Competition102 GT4 European Series.

Alongside his Porsche Carrera Cup GB duties with the Pallex and Fuel Card Services – backed Slidesports team in 2017, David also competed in the Dubai round of the 24H series, finishing 15th overall in a SP3-GT4 class Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

STATS:
Races entered: 65
Wins: 9
Podiums: 9
Pole Positions: 11
Fastest Laps: 12
Race Win Percentage: 13.85%