Tio Ellinas has been confirmed as the third and final driver in JTR’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB line-up for 2017. The former single-seater competitor will join Dino Zamparelli and Lewis Plato in the team for JTR’s first ever season of sportscar racing.
The Cypriot raced for Nick Tandy’s team in 2010 in Formula Ford and last appeared on the TOCA package in the now defunct Formula Renault UK Championship in 2011. Since then he has claimed success in Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 and scored points on his maiden appearance in GP2, but in 2017 will switch his focus to GT competition.
Speaking about his Carrera Cup switch for 2017, Ellinas said, “It will be a completely new challenge for me as I begin my first season in sports cars.” He continued, “I know the competition will be tough, but I also know from past experience with JTR that the guys will provide me with a great car – so perhaps I can fight for wins and possibly challenge for the championship later in the year. Why not!?”
Team Principal Nick Tandy was equally as enthused about Ellinas’ return to JTR, adding, “We’ve known Tio a long time and we’re delighted to welcome him back to the team. He’s won a lot of races and has an enviable track record in single seaters. Along with Dino and Lewis, we couldn’t have hoped for a stronger line up in our first season of sports cars.”
Author’s Comment: “A lot of focus in the past couple of weeks has centred around the Redline Racing super-team that will attack Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2017. Whilst JTR’s initial foray features a line-up half the size of Redline’s, it certainly packs one heck of a punch. In Dino Zamparelli they have a man with recent GT experience, motivated to convert flashes of devastating pace into a championship charge. With Lewis Plato they have a young-star keen to learn and with something to prove after a tricky class debut. Now in Tio Ellinas they have, arguably, the perfect third man. Vastly experienced in single-seaters, switching to GTs won’t be the work of a moment but Ellinas appears to have adapted quite smoothly to the Type 991 GT3 Cup in an off-season test. If he really has got to grips with the car so swiftly, he may be the joker in the pack when Carrera Cup GB arrives at Brands Hatch in April.”