All eyes will be on the front of the grid as DVF Racing begins its championship push as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season begins at Brands Hatch on April 6-8. Joining David Fairbrother at the Pall-Ex / Fuel Card Services backed team will be rapid Cypriot Tio Ellinas, who won the Rookie Championship in 2017, and experienced Super Touring and BTCC racer Richard Hawken.
Ellinas will be racing in the ‘Pro’ class and has his eyes on the overall prize at the end of the season. “My plan is to battle for the championship and try to win it,” said Ellinas. “The baseline in the car is very good and we are in a good starting point. We can still improve, we’ve seen things that we can do better both in the car and in my driving, so it has been a good start.”
Fellow newcomer Hawken will compete in ‘Pro-Am’ and will need to quickly adapt to a new style of driving from the touring cars he has been used to. “I love Brands Indy, I always seem to have done well there, it’s the track I’ve won most at, it’s my local circuit,” said Hawken. “I’m really looking forward to the first round. I want to go in from day one fighting for class and overall podiums, but I have to be realistic, it’s a different beast and behaves differently. I will work my way in slowly and get used to the car and be hassling for podiums and even challenge for the Rookie championship.”
“Richard’s a really good driver,” added Fairbrother. “He’s raced to a high level with the BTCC, but he’s got a steep learning curve because the Porsche is a completely different beast. We’re looking forward to 2018, we have some new personnel driving wise and we’re looking to build on last year. We had a good base year, we’ve got one driver in each class, and it’s about developing the team as it progresses on its journey.
“We started in 2015 with no aspirations in a VW Golf and now we’re running three cars in Carrera Cup. We’ve raced all over the world, in FIA-accredited endurance races and we’ve had podium finishes. If somebody had told me that six years ago I’d have said ‘you want your head looking at!’”
Another challenge for the season is the brand-new second-generation Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car, but that could equalise the field. “Everything is level with the new car,” said Ellinas. “It steps up my game and the team’s game because we have high expectations for this season, and with a new car why not give it a go?
“I enjoy Brands Hatch though I like the GP circuit more than the Indy, but it is going to be interesting as the Indy circuit only has five corners and the lap times are so close. I think it will be Dino and Lewis Plato fighting for the title, but Tom Wrigley can go quickly as well.
“I want to thank the sponsors, Pall-Ex, Fuel Card Services, and Hot Forex for their support this year, and David Fairbrother for giving me this opportunity.”
The DVF Racing cars will be on track at Brands Hatch for two 45-minute test sessions on Friday April 6, before qualifying at 11:00 on Saturday April 7. Both 34-lap races will take place on Sunday April 8 at 10:00 and 15:40 respectively, with the latter being broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV Hub.
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