Tio Ellinas

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Eftihios “Tio” Ellinas
Tio Ellinas Rockingham 2010.jpg
Tio Ellinas as a Formula Ford driver in 2009.
Nationality Cyprus Cypriot
Born (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 23)
Larnaca (Cyprus)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team Strakka Racing
Car no. 12
Previous series
2014
2012-13
2011
2010
GP2 Series
GP3 Series
Formula Renault UK
Formula Ford UK
Championship titles
2009 Grand Prix Shootout
Awards
2010 FF UK Rookie of the Year

Eftihios “Tio” Ellinas (born 27 January 1992 in Larnaca, Cyprus) is a Cypriot race car driver. Ellinas began racing go-karts at the age of seven, and from 2003 - 2009 won 10 karting championships in Cyprus, in 2005 winning the ROK Cup International Final.

He was the winner of Grand Prix Shootout in the UK in 2009 competing against 50 other top young drivers from all over the world.

In 2010, he competed in the MSA Dunlop Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain racing with the JTR Team. He won three races and finished fourth in the championship, the highest placing for a novice driver since Jenson Button in 1998, earning him "Rookie Of The Year" honors.

In 2011, Ellinas raced in the UK Formula Renault 2.0 championship for the Atech Reid GP Team, finishing third overall. He joined Marussia Manor Racing for the 2012 GP3 Series season.

For 2013, he will test more than once for the Marussia F1 Team.[1]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Ellinas' first taste of motorsport came when he was seven years old racing in karts. He competed in 131 races winning 101 of them with 20 further podium finishes. His championship positions are as follows:

  • Third in Cyprus Karting Championship – KZ2 2009.
  • Second in ROK Cup Cyprus – Super Class 2009.
  • Cyprus Karting Championship – KF2 champion 2009.
  • Bridgestone Cup Cyprus champion in the KZ2 class 2009.
  • Second in Cyprus Karting Championship – KZ2 2008.
  • Third in ROK Cup Cyprus – Senior 2007.
  • Cyprus Rotax Max Challenge champion in the Junior class 2006.
  • Cyprus champion in the ICA Junior class 2006.
  • ROK Cup International Final champion in the Junior ROK class 2005.
  • ROK Cup Cyprus – Junior champion 2005.
  • Cyprus champion in the ICA Junior class 2005.
  • Cyprus Rotax Max Challenge champion in the Junior class 2004.
  • Cyprus champion in the ICA Junior class 2004.
  • Cyprus Rotax Max Challenge champion in the Junior class 2003.

Grand Prix Shootout[edit]

Ellinas dominated the Formula Ford race weekend at Rockingham in July 2010.

Ellinas took part in the inaugural Grand Prix Shootout competition in the United Kingdom in 2009. He was assessed by the world famous driving coach Rob Wilson in September 2009 as part of the competition. He then completed a number of sessions in a Double R Racing Formula BMW car at the Pembrey Circuit in Wales. In January 2010, Ellinas was announced as the first Grand Prix Shootout winner at the Autosport International exhibition. He had taken on fifty other karters and drivers with over 100 major racing titles between them, and in the end was the runaway winner.

Formula Ford[edit]

See also: Formula Ford

Ellinas competed in the MSA Dunlop Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with the JTR team. He was only the second driver since the legendary Ayrton Senna to start on the front row of a British Formula Ford race in his car racing debut, and was also the fastest driver at every wet test during that first year. Ellinas's fourth position overall in the 2010 MSA British Formula Ford championship earned him Rookie Of The Year honors, and is the best result for a rookie driver since the current McLaren Formula One driver and 2009 World Drivers' Champion, Jenson Button, in 1998.

Formula Renault[edit]

See also: Formula Renault

Ellinas competed in the Formula Renault UK championship with the Atech Reid GP team and finished third overall.

GP3 Series[edit]

Ellinas contested the 2012 GP3 Series season debut with Marussia Manor Racing.[2] He finished the season eighth overall, recording one win and one podium finish in the season finale at Monza.

Formula One[edit]

On 17 June 2013, it was announced that Ellinas would carry out a scheduled straightline aerodynamic evaluation test session with the Marussia Formula One team at Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire, England. In doing so, he became the first Cypriot to drive a Formula One car. As a reward for being the highest-placed Marussia Manor driver at the end of the 2012 GP3 Series season, Ellinas will also take part in the 2013 Young Driver Tests with Marussia F1.[3][4]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team name Races Wins Poles F.L. Podiums Points Position
2010 British Formula Ford JTR 25 3 2 4 8 451 4th
Formula Ford Festival 4 2 2 3 4 N/A 3rd
2011 Formula Renault UK Atech Reid GP 20 2 1 1 15 475 3rd
2012 GP3 Series Marussia Manor Racing 16 1 0 3 2 97 8th
2013 GP3 Series Marussia Manor Racing 16 2 1 1 3 116 4th
2013–14 MRF Racing Series MRF CHALLENGE 2013 13 3 3 6 10 182 2nd
2014 GP2 Series MP Motorsport 8 0 0 0 0 7 22nd
Rapax

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2012 Marussia Manor Racing ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

15
MON
FEA

9
MON
SPR

8
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

10
GER
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

4
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

1
8th 97
2013 Marussia Manor Racing ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

4
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

6
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

10
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

11
ABU
FEA

7
ABU
SPR

1
4th 116

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2014 MP Motorsport BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

11
MON
FEA

10
MON
SPR

22
AUT
FEA

23
AUT
SPR

22
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
22nd 7
Rapax RUS
FEA

21
RUS
SPR

14
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR

Personal life[edit]

Ellinas continues to live in Larnaca, Cyprus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GP3 driver Ellinas to test for Marussia in 2013". ESPNdate=13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Ellinas completes Marussia Manor Racing GP3 driver line-up, GP3 Series.
  3. ^ Collantine, Keith (13 September 2012). "Ellinas handed 2013 Marussia test chance". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Ellinas to make F1 history for Cyprus inCyprus.com.cy

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