ATECH REID CONFIRMS TIO ELLINAS FOR FORMULA RENAULT UK CAMPAIGN
Atech Reid has confirmed that 18 year-old Formula Ford race-winner Tio Ellinas will contest the 2011 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship. The Cypriot finished fourth in the Formula Ford UK Championship last season, winning three races and was the winner of the Grand Prix Shootout in 2009 in which he beat off 60 top young drivers from across the world.
The former multiple kart champion tested for the Atech Reid team in Spain last December and against a strong field of 30 drivers finished third fastest overall. Team Principal David Hayle was delighted to have signed Ellinas after a promising performance first time out in Renault.
"Tio was very impressive when we tested him last year on his first time in the car," said David. "And so we have been keen to sign him ever since. Following the test he was obviously very popular and very much in demand by several other teams too so we're delighted that he has put his confidence in us and committed to the season ahead. "
Atech Reid, which recently relocated to a 12,000 sq ft state of the art facility in Cardiff, South Wales hopes to announce the signing of Oscar King alongside Ellinas in the three-car line-up with the team still in negotiations with a number of drivers for the third seat.
The Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship will kick off with the opening rounds at Brands Hatch over the weekend of April 2nd/3rd. The full 2011 calendar is: 2/3 April Brands Hatch Indy, 16/17 April Donington Park National, 30 April/1 May Thruxton, 4/5 June Oulton Park Island, 18/19 June Croft, 6/7 August Snetterton, 20/21 August Silverstone GP (with World Series by Renault), 17/18 September Rockingham ISSC, 1/2 October Brands Hatch GP, 15/16 October Silverstone National.