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Ellinas reigns supreme in MRF race three in Bahrain

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: MRF Challenge

Photo: MRF Challenge

Cypriot Tio Ellinas took his maiden MRF Challenge win from pole in race three of the Sakhir round of the championship.

Despite briefly surrendering the lead to fellow front row starter and main championship rival Arthur Pic over the opening lap, Ellinas was immediately back into the lead and controlled the race from that point on, eventually finishing ten seconds ahead of the opposition.

Pic, meanwhile, struggled for pace after his brief foray into the lead, spending most of the race in defensive mode as he came under pressure from Rupert Svendsen-Cook. The Briton came close to pulling off the overtake on the penultimate lap, but couldn’t make it stick and wound up losing the final podium position to Sam Dejonghe.

Sam Brabham achieved his best result so far in fifth, while Shinya Michimi saw off the challenge from Renan Guerra to take sixth. Sheikh bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Yudai Jinkawa and Ryan Cullen rounded out the top ten.

Briton Harry Tincknell, who was among the frontrunners in qualifying, had a mechanical failure on his way to the grid.

The third race marks the end of the MRF Sakhir weekend, as the remaining scheduled race was canceled due to yesterday fog.

Race results
Pos. Driver Time/Gap
1 Tio Ellinas 10 laps in 20:37.018
2 Arthur Pic +10.268
3 Sam Dejonghe +12.414
4 Rupert Svendsen-Cook +12.752
5 Sam Brabham +16.526
6 Shinya Michimi +19.384
7 Renan Guerra +20.299
8 Sheikh bin Rashid Al Khalifa +29.335
9 Yudai Jinkawa +36.612
10 Ryan Cullen +41.955
11 Dylan Young +42.067
12 Raj Bharath +46.693
13 Carmen Jorda +47.532
14 Abdulla Al-Thawadi +1:00.917
15 Vikash Anand +1:26.201
16 Christophe Mariot +1 lap
Not classified
Laura Tillett +2 laps
Parth Ghorpade +5 laps
Camren Kaminsky +7 laps
Harry Tincknell +10 laps