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.
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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Posted on 3rd September 2018
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