Ellinas win breaks Lynn’s dominancePosted: April 18, 2011
The form book for the season in Formula Renault looks to have been decided as Alex Lynn and Tio Ellinas shared a pole and a win at Donington.
The weekend was all about the battle between the pairing, and it looked as though Englishman Lynn would continue his dominance from Brands Hatch when he took a third pole in a row on Saturday ahead of Ellinas and team-mate Oliver Rowland.
However the deadlock was broken when Cypriot driver Ellinas overturned the tenth of a second deficit in his own favour to claim his first pole ahead of Lynn for race two.
Sunday’s action was again all about the two drivers and it was Lynn who made a perfect start when he released the clutch to lead Atech’s Ellinas into the first corner.
This would be the factor that won the race for Lynn as he pulled out a slim but still comfortable gap of just under a second, taking a third win in a row by 0.7s as he crossed the line to win ahead of Ellinas and Rowland.
Ellinas’ Atech team-mate Oscar King suffered a dissapointing race after he was hit by another car going into Redgate having made a good start from row five. He later lost control after understeering onto the grass at Old Hairpin as a result of a damaged front wing in the first corner incident.
Ellinas exacted revenge in race two when he made a great start to head Lynn into Redgate, where he pulled out over a second lead early on in the race.
That would be short-lived as Lynn was clearly the faster man as Ellinas struggled with his tyres late in the race, and Lynn almost found a way through up the inside at Mcleans and into Coppice, but Ellinas managed to just about hang on to take his first win of the year and end Lynn’s winning streak.
Elsewhere, Josh Hill, son of 1996 F1 champion Damon Hill, took two impressive finishes in a competitive weekend showing with a sixth and then a fifth place result for Manor Competition.