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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DVF Racing firmly in championship hunt with points haul at Donington Park

After securing a first Porsche Carrera Cup GB win for itself, Slidesports Engineering, and Tio Ellinas, DVF Racing followed up on Sunday with a further haul of points which places it firmly in the championship hunt.

Ellinas drew fifth place for the partial reverse grid race two after his victory on Saturday and made a good start, quickly moving into fourth. With a mid-race safety car bunching the field up he looked left and right trying to pass title rival Dino Zamparelli but wasn’t able to make a clean move for another podium finish and, playing the long game, decided to bring the car safely home with more points.

“I had a good start,” said Ellinas. “I detected Dan Harper was slow and he was defending, then I made my way past. There was a gap to Dino and the others but luckily there was a safety car which closed it up. I put Dino under pressure for a long time. I wanted to put in a good move, but it didn’t work out, so I am happy with fourth and will look to the next race in Monza and reset, recalculate, and go again.”

DVF Racing’s David Fairbrother enjoyed his weekend, albeit finding spectating harder than driving and is looking forward to returning to duties behind the wheel at Monza. “It’s not been a bad weekend!” said Fairbrother. “We keep racking up the points. It’s a long season and everything will unfold. We always knew we were good in the wet, which yesterday proved. Today we ran with everybody on consistent laps in the dry. We’ve learned a lot which is what you need at this point of the season – you need to be doing twice as much learning as thinking, so I’m happy with the weekend. It’s harder work standing in the pit lane so I’m looking forward to getting back in the car at Monza”

Mark Jenkins, Team Manager at Slidesports Engineering, was full of praise for the team and its performance at Donington Park. “We’ve been chipping away at this for a long period of time and it’s a proper team result,” he said. “Everyone is doing a brilliant job and we’re getting stronger. We need to be punching away at the front. We’ve proven that we were strong in the dry as well as the wet and we’ve got a handle on switching on the tyre at the right time and on the set up. We’ve learned lots, so we can continue to be competitive.”

The DVF Racing team will next be in action at Monza in Italy on May 11, 12, 13. Free practice takes place on the Friday, with race one on Saturday, and race two on Sunday morning.

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Double delight as Ellinas secures his and DVF Racing’s first Carrera Cup victory

Cypriot Tio Ellinas drove a determined race one at Donington Park to score a superb maiden victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for himself, DVF Racing, and Slidesports Engineering, after starting from pole position.

As the rain fell at Donington Park during Saturday morning’s qualifying session, Tio was quickly up to speed and topped the times before adding to his advantage in the closing stages, taking pole by an impressive 0.767s.

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Despite getting away well at the start of the race, Ellinas was passed by Lewis Plato on the opening lap and settled into second place as he understood the grip levels on a damp, but drying track. He made his move to take the lead on lap four and quickly opened up a gap of 2.4 seconds which Dino Zamparelli whittled down. As the 23-lap race passed mid-distance, the lead was down below one second with neither driver making an error as they continued to lap quickly and pass backmarkers.

Through it all Ellinas kept a calm head and refused to crack under the pressure, eking out small advantages over the opening part of the circuit and bringing the car home for a well-deserved first victory in the series. “It was a good day from qualifying onwards and a good race,” said Ellinas. “We knew we had the pace to be up there. We had to maximise our potential today and we did.

“It’s my first win in the Carrera Cup so I’m delighted to finish the day like that. I want to dedicate the win to the team for all their hard work and I’m sure we’re going to keep on the same path and continue like this for the rest of the season.”

It wasn’t just a hard-earned victory on track, as DVF Racing’s David Fairbrother found it equally difficult to watch on the sidelines. “It’s the hardest race I’ve ever had, and I wasn’t in the car!” said Fairbrother. “I can’t wait until Monza when I can get back behind the wheel. What can you say about Tio? The kid drove the wheels off it. We’ve been waiting a long time for this.”

Team Manager at Slidesports, Mark Jenkins, wanted to ensure attention was also directed to the entire team behind the victory. “It’s a team effort,” said Jenkins. “We’ve had a massive backing from our sponsors and investors and the belief hasn’t waned. The car set-up was geared to a wet race so to be fair to Tio he did really well to hang on. Dino’s car came on in the middle of the race but Tio’s driving skill and ability kept him away. It’s a great team effort because even the people you don’t see holding a spanner or driving the car have worked for this brilliant success.”

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