Atech Reid GP’s Tio Ellinas was a fortuitous winner in today’s first Formula Renault 2.0 UK race on the Snetterton 300 circuit, after a penultimate lap clash between Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport) and Jordan King (Manor Competition) handed Ellinas the win. Ellinas headed a one-two for Atech Reid GP, alongside Jack Hawksworth.
Ellinas had a great view of the move by Lynn on the then race leader King as they all headed towards the newly renamed Esses. As Ellinas exited Nelson towards the Bomb Hole, he found himself leading the race by over a second from team-mate Hawksworth.
“P1 for us and P1, P2 for the team is great,” said a clearly delighted Ellinas. “For the first six laps I was able to keep up, but then I had a problem with my car as it developed understeer in the middle of the race.”
On the incident between Lynn and King, Ellinas said, “I saw Alex make a move up the inside of Jordan. I thought it was a risky move, and as the championship leader I assumed he was just going to settle for second.”
Championship leader, Lynn started well, but was provided with a real challenge by pole sitter King. Lynn pushed hard and never let King get more than two seconds ahead. The pair regularly exchanged fastest laps and King’s lap of 1:47.112 a few laps from the end showed he had the speed to keep Lynn behind him.
“I had a great start, and maintained a five car length gap the whole race,” said King. “Alex got some good straight-line speed into the back straight, but wasn’t close enough to make a move and then I saw him coming up my inside, so I gave him some more room and turned in later than usual. Then he hit my rear wheel and we went off. I get two points for the fastest lap, but that’s not much consolation.”
The incident saw Lynn receive three points on his race license and a £250 fine, but the young Essex based driver was happy to finish in the points.
“That wasn’t the best race, we got third place and some solid points,” he said. “I’m disappointed not to finish second and it was a good points haul all things considered.
“Jordan made a mistake going into the back straight. He moved over to the racing line and put me on the grass and left me with nowhere to go.”
Ellinas’ teammate, Jack Hawksworth, battled hard from the start and was immediately past Daniel Cammish (Mark Burdett Motorsport) on the first lap and onto the tail of Ellinas.
“We got a good start and I was able to keep the pressure on the guys at the front,” said Hawksworth. “I probably should have been more aggressive on the first lap and I was a bit too tentative behind Tio, but you don’t want to crash into your team mate!
“It was great that Tio got the win and I’m really happy for the team. I’m going to pray for rain in the next race as I’m starting on the back of the grid, but a podium might be possible – you just never know.”
Elsewhere, Cammish fell backwards and by the midway point of the race had dropped seven places from his fourth place starting position. Cammish fought back to fifth, in the dying laps, narrowly behind Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Rowland.
Hawksworth and Ellinas’ one-two finish sealed a great race for Atech Reid GP, who’s other drivers, Dan Wells and Oscar King, finished and continued their improvement
Race two will be live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at 16:10 today. Please follow the official Formula Renault Twitter feed for live text commentary: http://twitter.com/FRenaultUK
Round eleven top ten results:
- Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP 12 laps
- Jack Hawksworth Atech Reid GP +1.574
- Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsport +3.737
- Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsport +4.637
- Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport +5.062
- Felix Serralies Fortec Competition +7.789
- Alice Powell Manor Competition +8.071
- Josh Hill Manor Competition +8.501
- Ed Jones Fortec Competition +14.364
- 10. Dan Well Atech Reid GP +15.012