Tio Ellinas will race for Rapax in the GP2 Series races at Sochi this weekend in place of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs after the Briton was sidelined with an unspecified neck injury.
The 22-year-old Cypriot competed in three events for the MP Motorsport team earlier in the season having stepped up from the GP3 Series where he was twice a race winner in 2013 with Marussia Manor Racing on route to finishing fourth in the standings.
23-year-old Quaife-Hobbs currently sits eleventh in the standings in his second full season in the GP2 Series, having scored thirty points, and secured his best result of the season with a second place in the feature race at the Hungaroring in Hungary in July.
It is hoped that Quaife-Hobbs’ neck injury will clear in time for him to resume his position within the team for the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.
Ellinas, who has previously tested for the Marussia F1 Team while part of their junior programme, will join regular driver Simon Trummer for the two races in Russia.
Rapax are currently eighth in the GP2 Series Teams’ championship with 56 points, 16 points clear of the Caterham Racing team in ninth, although 36 points behind Campos Racing in seventh.