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.
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.”
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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