NEW ORDER AT ROCKINGHAM!


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Tio Ellinas, flanked by Scott Pye and Antti Buri, on the Rockingham podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

In a packed weekend of action at the Rockingham F3/GT meeting it was young Cypriot Tio Ellinas who stole the headlines with back to back wins in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, his first victories in the series!

The 18-year-old Cypriot, who won the Grand Prix Shootout scholarship last year to earn this season’s drive with the JTR squad, laid down a strong marker for the rest of the season with his brace of wins, ahead of Fin Antti Buri and Australia’s Scott Pye in both races. Despite 4th and 5th place finishes Scott Malvern still retains the overall championship lead with 12 of the 25 rounds now completed.

Another surprise first time winner was Howard Fuller who made his debut in the Volkswagen Racing Cup with Fuchs Lubricants. The Surrey 17-year-old soon felt at home finishing a creditable 7th in the first race, which was won by Championship leader Steve Chaplin. Fuller – who normally competes in the Formula Palmer Audi single-seater championship – then made a major impression on the ranks of the VW Cup with a four second winning margin during the second encounter with Peter Felix and James Walker trailing in his wake.

Not to be out done, the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series welcomed two new race winners. Young Briton Daniel McKenzie triumphing in the first of the championship’s pit-stop sprint races for the Fortec team and Brazilian talent Felipe Nasr earning the Raikkonen Robertson team its first win of the year when he claimed victory in the feature race. On Saturday Jean-Eric Vergne extended his overall Series points lead when he won his sixth race of the season at the wheel of the Red Bull-backed Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen. The fast Frenchman followed this up with a second place behind Nasr in race 3 to increase his lead over Oli Webb to 51 points.

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship has a new leader in the shape of David Ashburn, the veteran Porsche racer whose pairing with young Scottish charger Glynn Geddie yielded dramatic results at Rockingham for the Trackspeed team. The Ashburn/Geddie Porsche won both races, beating the Rollcentre Mosler of Martin Short and Gregor Fisken to the line in the first and the MTECH Ferrari of erstwhile championship leaders Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin in the second.

In the Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship Neil Smith’s impressive ex-WTCC 156 took victory from Stephen Dymoke, who was racing Smith’s former 156 which has an identical livery. Clive Hodgkin from nearby Uppingham made the best of his local knowledge to grab the final podium sport in his Alfa 75.

Lancastrian Sean Huyton rounded off the two day meeting with a win in the Texaco Havoline Ginetta G20 Championship. Dominic Pettit took second spot adding to his win in the first race. Andrew Richardson showed consistency to take third in each outing.

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