DVF Racing’s secure another two podium finishes at Knockhill – Gallery

With just four races left in the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, DVF Racing’s Tio Ellinas remains firmly in the battle for the championship after securing another two podium finishes at Knockhill.

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DVF Racing remains in thick of Carrera Cup title fight after double podium finish

With just four races left in the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, DVF Racing’s Tio Ellinas remains firmly in the battle for the championship after securing another two podium finishes at Knockhill.

In tricky wet conditions, Cypriot Ellinas showed great pace to make up three places, setting the race’s fastest lap, finishing on the podium for the weekend’s first race. The rain eased during race two, but conditions were still difficult as the track remained wet, presenting drivers with treacherous conditions. Tio kept on top of the car and ran in second place for most of the race but had to take decisive action to avoid a collision as Dan Harper lunged up the inside at turn one. Tio was forced off track but did well to keep control of the car as he skidded across the wet grass and held on to third place, meaning he is just five points off the lead of an increasingly tense title battle.

Richard Hawken, competing in the Lordes luxury car storage 911 GT3 Cup machine, made a strong debut at the Scottish circuit. He finished just outside the Am podium positions in the worst of the weather for race one and was battling for third place in race two, before locking a wheel as his tyres were losing grip on the drying surface and finishing in fifth position.

Ellinas and Hawken will be back on track for rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone over September 13-15 where they will be re-joined by DVF Racing’s David Fairbrother, for a three-car effort.

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Tio Ellinas, driver #11

“The weekend kicked off well in free practice. We had the pace which carried on into qualifying but we flat-spotted the second set of tyres so didn’t improve as we’d expected. Because of that we qualified sixth and had to make a recovery to come back to where we should have been.

“It was different in the wet for the races, so we had to change things on the car. We made good overtakes to get from sixth to third and set the fastest lap in the race, collecting good championship points. I made a good start after the Safety Car in race two. The pace was okay to start but as the race progressed and the rain stopped we struggled quite a bit and I saw Dan closing up on me. I managed to hold him off for 10-15 laps but towards the end he managed to get past. However, two third positions were a good recovery from qualifying in sixth and we can take the fight on to Silverstone.”

Richard Hawken, driver #84

“It was my first time at Knockhill and driving in both the dry and wet was a bit of a baptism of fire. Overall it was a good weekend. I’m a bit disappointed with my mistake in race two – I just locked up going for a lunge on overheated tyres but I should know better really. I like Knockhill. I was a bit apprehensive before coming here but I really do like it. This and Monza were circuits on the calendar I didn’t know so now we finish the season on tracks I do know, and I have won at before.

“Practice was a steep learning curve. I came in after ten laps and was told I was in the mix already which I was pleased with. I qualified fifth in class and for race one finished fourth and in race two I finished fifth after that lunge, but I was convinced I was going to get third place.”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“We’re keeping up with the performance curve of all the other teams. We’re making improvements like everyone else. We made a mistake in practice and went from quickest to not being quickest and made a mistake in qualifying when the tyres were in the sweet spot and we paid the price. We made a mistake in the first race and ran wide but still finished with two podiums, but I think we could have been harpooned had Tio not taken avoiding action. In general, it was a good performance, we only dropped one point to the championship leader and there’s plenty to play for.

“Richard made big improvements. He was really happy with the balance, we’ve sharpened his car up, and closed the setup difference between an Am and a Pro, so the car is a lot more responsive and he himself has responded to that. Because the track is so narrow, and the conditions were so tricky, he couldn’t have a lunge at other competitors, so he had to pick and choose his moments.”

 

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Title contender DVF Racing heads to Scotland to resume Carrera Cup battle

Championship-contesting DVF Racing with Slidesports Engineering heads north to Knockhill in Scotland for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season this weekend (August 25/26). After continuing its run of a podium finish at every meeting this year, the team is just four points off of the lead in the drivers’ standings with Tio Ellinas.

Both David Fairbrother and Richard Hawken, competing in the Am category, have shown an ability to get to grips with the new Gen II 911 GT3 Cup car and will both have eyes on a podium finish. A strong weekend for Hawken could move him into the top three in the standings. Unfortunately, family commitments preclude Fairbrother from competing this weekend.

At just 1.3-miles, Knockhill is one of the shortest tracks on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB calendar but provides a stern test which climbs and falls around the hillside of South Lethans Farm. With just six rounds left in the season points will be keenly fought over.

After a productive testing session on Wednesday, booked exclusively for the Porsche Carrera Cup grid, the team are well placed with lead driver Tio setting the third fastest time overall. Confidence is high with the knowledge that they were faster than title rival Dino Zamparelli and that there is still plenty left in the tank for the weekend ahead.

The weekend will start with the first of two free practice sessions on Friday August 24 at 11:20 and 15:25. Qualifying will take place at 14:40 on Saturday ahead of the 32-lap races on Sunday August 26 at 10:20 and 15:40 – the latter of which will be shown live on ITV4 and ITV Hub online.

Tio Ellinas, driver #11

“I don’t enjoy Knockhill too much to be honest! Hopefully we’ll manage to have a good setup which will make it enjoyable. The Wednesday test will be critical, we need to gather as much information as we can. On short runs we have found the sweet spot of the tyres and the pressures so now we need to get everything sorted for the race.”

Richard Hawken, driver #84

“It will be interesting heading up to Knockhill, especially in the Carrera Cup car. It’s not a circuit I’ve done any work at before, so it will be a bit of a baptism of fire. Hopefully I’ll get some tuition and hit the ground running.”

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Fairbrother to make British GT debut in Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes

Yorkshire-based sportscar racer David Fairbrother will make his British GT Championship debut at Donington Park in September in a Mercedes-AMG GT4. He will once again team up with Adam Morgan – who raced with David in the 12 Hours of Imola endurance race earlier this year – in a Ciceley Motorsport entry.

Currently competing in his second season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, successful businessman David sits eighth in the Am standings after missing the first four rounds of the 2018 campaign.

Despite starting his motorsport journey later in life, he has had success in a variety of sportscar racing categories. He is the 2015 GT Cup Group GTB Champion and has raced in the Gulf 12 Hours, Dubai 24 Hours, and 24 Hours of COTA, where he finished in third place last year, in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Morgan first raced with Ciceley Motorsport in 2011 when he won the Ginetta GT4 Supercup and is currently in his seventh year of competition in the British Touring Car Championship, where he has taken seven victories, the most recent of which was at Rockingham at the weekend (August 11/12). The team enters Morgan in a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the BTCC, which has helped it to forge a good relationship with the German manufacturer.

David Fairbrother: “I’ve always enjoyed endurance racing so I’m really looking forward to a new challenge in the British GT Championship as well as getting to grips with a completely different car. It’s another step up from what I’ve raced before but I know my way around Donington Park which will help.”

“There’s a few big 12 and 24-hour races coming up towards the end of this year and it would be incredible to go out there in the Mercedes, so hopefully the weekend is a successful one. I’m no stranger to long stints in the car having been successful in GT Cup and Creventic events and I enjoy challenging myself and pushing to achieve the best possible result.”

 

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DVF Racing remains in Porsche Carrera Cup title hunt after Snetterton podium

Continuing its run of a podium finish at every championship event, DVF Racing and Slidesports Engineering left Snetterton firmly in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title hunt. Starting the weekend under scorching summer temperatures for Friday’s practice, the weather soon deteriorated for Sunday’s two races, held in wet and windy conditions, which made setting the cars up difficult for the field.

Cypriot Tio Ellinas, competing in the Pro category, secured pole position on Saturday with a lap time almost three-tenths of a second faster than rival Dino Zamparelli. However, in the rain on Sunday the team had to gamble on tyre pressures, which left Tio with an ill-handling car, and he had to battle for a podium finish in race one and fifth place in race two.

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Similarly, David Fairbrother, competing in the Am category, struggled to get on top of the car in the unpredictable conditions and unlock its full potential. Yorkshireman David battled to two sixth-place finishes.

DVF Racing will next be on track in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill in Scotland over August 24-26 where it will try to retake top spot in the standings.

Tio Ellnas, driver #11

“Friday and Saturday were really positive, and I qualified P1. Unfortunately, we messed up a bit in race one as the tyre pressures were a bit too low for the wet setup we had. We gambled in race one as we thought it would dry up and we didn’t want to overheat the tyres but unfortunately it rained more, and it was a bit difficult. In race two we went the other way with the pressures and they were too high. It’s critical to get the pressures right in these cars and if not, you lose massively. I had moments of over and understeer everywhere. I felt the car wasn’t going in the right direction and I had to fight to hold my position.

“It’s a frustrating weekend as we had the pace, but we have to manage the car in the race on long runs and we’ll be there. We’ll regroup as a team and go again next time and build on the positives from this weekend as we know we have the speed.”

David Fairbrother, driver #9

“We had good pace in testing and the times were good in practice on Friday but come qualifying we were struggling again. We tried to get on top of things when the weather changed on Sunday, but the pace just wasn’t there.

“We’ll regroup and go again at Knockhill. We’ve got the chance to test up there on the Wednesday, so we can dial the car in and then press on for the races. We aren’t far off, but these cars respond to small changes and it can make or break your weekend, so we just have to refine things slightly to hit that perfect spot and we’ll be fine.”

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Mark Jenkins, Team Manager Slidesports Engineering

“The conditions were tricky, and the weather was constantly changing. The pre-race pace and the balance of the car were good and it was fantastic to get pole by such a margin. Unfortunately the conditions played against us on race day. It’s the same for everybody but we switched our tyres on and optimised our performance when the weather was at its worst, so when it came good we couldn’t make the most of the situation. The opposition managed to save a set of tyres and we didn’t see that, so they had an initial five or six lap advantage in the second race but we still took some good points.

“The pace at the front is so close that a small modification to the car has a big effect as they’re all fighting over the same tenth of a second. Guessing the ambient, track, and weather conditions has been tricky, and we missed the sweet spot.

“It was a similar situation for David, he had a solid two races but in these conditions races can be a bit scrappy and all things considered he did well to bring the car home with more points.”

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