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, taking 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.
Height: 6’0” (183 cm)
2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB – 6th (5 podiums)
2015 Formula Renault 3.5 – 4th (2 wins)
2014 GP2 Series – 22nd (took part in only 8 races)
2013/14 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 – 2nd (3 wins)
2013 Formula 1 – Marussia test driver
2013 GP3 Series – 4th (2 wins)
2012 GP3 Series – 8th (1 win)
2011 Formula Renault 2.0 UK – 3rd (2 wins)
2010 Formula Ford Fesitval – 3rd
2010 MSA Formula Ford – 4th (3 wins)
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Posted on 15th February 2018
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