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Ellinas Wins As Pye Becomes Formula Ford Champion

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JTR's Tio Ellinas took victory in the final round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Brands Hatch, but it was Jamun Racing's Scott Pye who took the biggest prize, the coveted 2010 title. After his win in the weekend's earlier round, Pye headed into the race needing to finish just seventh or above to secure the crown. After leading early on, he followed Ellinas home in second to take the title, in the process becoming the first Australian and first non-European champion in the series since 2000.

Pye started the race from pole position and got a getaway to lead into Paddock for the first time. Behind, championship rival Scott Malvern got the best start, jumping from fifth to third by the first corner, before dispatching Emil Bernstorff for second at Druids. Knowing he had to pass Pye to have any chance of taking the title, Malvern quickly went on the attack for the lead. As he dived to take the lead, the pair were forced wide, allowing Bernstorff into the lead, with Malvern slotting into second and Pye forced behind Minister International's Dan de Zille into fourth.

As they headed onto the second lap, the order was soon to quickly change again, with a mistake for Bernstorff dropping him out the lead into fifth. Malvern took the lead, ahead of de Zille, with the latter looking for a way past. As they headed into Paddock for the third time, de Zille made his move around the outside, but with Malvern defending hard, he was forced wide into the Paddock gravel, ending up with his car in the barriers and his race over.

This promoted Pye into second, setting up an exciting duel between the championship rivals. After running nose to tail for a couple of laps, Pye made his decisive move on lap five, sliding up the inside at Paddock for the lead, with Malvern losing another place to Ellinas later in the lap.

The front two began to breakaway, with Malvern beginning to come under immense pressure from a train of cars behind, led by multiple race winner Josh Hill. The pair came to blows at Graham Hill Bend on lap seven, with Malvern blocking an attempted move by Hill, forcing Hill onto the grass, dropping him down the order.

Malvern's loss of momentum allowed 2009 Scholarship champion Daniel Cammish to nip past into third, with Bernstorff then getting past into fourth. Malvern, seeing his title hopes slip away, went back on the offensive, getting into fourth before a mistake at Druids on lap 10 saw Cammish run wide, allowing Malvern back onto the podium.

Despite getting back into third, Malvern's hopes of taking the championship had gone, with the front two holding a big gap at the front. By this point, Ellinas had squeezed past to take the lead, but with the title in his hands, Pye held back to coast home for second.

This allowed Ellinas to cross the line untroubled to take his third win of the year, ahead of Pye and Malvern, his 14th podium of the year. Just 0.2 seconds behind, JTR's Cammish finishing fourth, with Jeroen Slaghekke moving past Bernstorff as the race reached its conclusion to complete the top five. James Tucker came home seventh, with Hill recovering from his earlier misdemeanour to take eighth, with Antti Buri and Invitation driver Pieter Schothorst completing the top ten. Newly-crowned Scholarship champion Tristan Mingay took the class honours in the final race of the year with a 12th place finish.

Pye's second place finished saw him secure the title by 19 points from Malvern to become Jamun Racing's sixth consecutive champion in Formula Ford, with the 20 year old picking up 18 podium finishes, including 12 wins, as well as 16 pole positions on his way to the championship.

Provisional final championship placings
Champion Pye 581
2 Malvern 562
3 Cammish 486
4 Ellinas 451
5 Hill 444
6 Buri 430

Scholarship Class
Champion Mingay 526
2 Luke Williams 450

Photo credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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