By Andreas Vou
Tio Ellinas received a welcome call last week from MP Motorsport, a company linked with Marussia’s Formula One team, to compete in the GP2 series race in Catalonia.
The young Cypriot driver was not given any government funding for yet another year and had been relying on private sponsorship to compete in the race.
Luckily, his prayers were answered and MP Motorsport provided the 22-year-old with his chance after impressing the Dutch company in November 2013 in a GP2 series trial in Abu Dhabi.
Ellinas managed to cross the line ahead of Tom Dillmann and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs meaning that the Cypriot inherited a provisional sprint pole under the reverse grid positions – a
respectable achievement for a first series outing.
The debutant had not driven the car since November last year but still managed to achieve a commendable seventh-place finish in his first race followed by an 11th in the second.
The circuit was won by German driver Johnny Cecotto Jr. who managed an error-free win in the Barcelona feature race ahead of Jolyon Palmer.
Ellinas had an impressive season on the GP3 circuit last year, finishing fourth in the final standings, and is tipped to reach Formula One in the future.