Formula Renault 3.5 Series: Maiden win for Tio Ellinas
Tio Ellinas (Strakka Racing) achieved his maiden victory in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series today at Silverstone. On the same day, the young Cypriot claimed his first pole position and victory in the category. It is also the first triumph for his team since Will Stevens at Jerez last year. Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) and Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) completed the podium. Nyck de Vries (DAMS) finished fourth and was the highest-placed rookie at the tournament.
Tio Ellinas, who started from pole position, remained in the lead ahead of Jazeman Jaafar, Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere. The French driver managed to overtake the leader in the general classification at the beginning of lap two. Further back on the grid, Nick Yelloly (Lotus) and Aurélien Panis (Tech 1 Racing) remained blocked on the grid, as was Alfonso Celis (AVF) before the formation lap. Just after the start, Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Dean Stoneman (DAMS) had to call it a day.
All alone at the front, Tio Ellinas won with a mere eight-second margin. Behind him, there was a lot of overtaking and finally Rowland and Vaxiviere finished second and third respectively. Their battle wasn’t only for the podium but also for the championship. In the championship standings, Rowland now has a 29-point lead over Vaxiviere.
Apart from Nyck de Vries, others who managed point were Tom Dillmann (5th, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Gustav Malja (6th, Strakka Racing), Egor Orudzhev (7th, Arden Motorsport), Nicholas Latifi (8th, Arden Motorsport), Roy Nissany (9th, Tech 1 Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (10th, Fortec Motorsports).
Provisional general classification after 10 races: Rowland 184 points, Vaxiviere 155 points, Jaafar 91 points, Stoneman 86 points, de Vries 83 points. One more race at Silverstone is scheduled for tomorrow.
Check all the results at SnapLap result pages.
Photos: World Series by Renault