Tio Ellinas claimed his second win of the Formula Renault 3.5 season on Sunday in a rain-affected race at the Nürburgring in Germany.
Ellinas took his first win in the series at Silverstone last weekend, but wasted little time in doubling up this weekend as he led home a Strakka Racing one-two ahead of teammate Gustav Malja.
The race appeared to be going the way of Pietro Fantin after the Brazilian opened up a healthy lead on a damp track in the opening stages, only for a safety car period to wipe away his advantage.
Having pitted before the safety car, Ellinas was able to assume the lead of the race once the front-runners had pitted despite requiring a new nosecone earlier on due to a clash with Roy Nissany.
The Cypriot racer came under intense pressure from Malja in the closing stages as heavy rain hit the Nürburgring, but was ultimately able to hang on and record his second win of the season.
“Before the race, we tried to figure out which tires to start on. As the leaders chose slicks, we just went with the pack,” Ellinas said.
“From fifth on the grid, I got a good start, but Roy Nissany broke my wing when I tried to pass him. I had to stop and I lost more time as Gustav came out ahead of me one lap later.
“At the re-start, I pushed as much as I could and once I had the lead, I no longer had any reference points. Gustav surprised me but I answered back and then I just had to stay in front on the last lap.”
McLaren junior Nyck de Vries rounded out the podium in third place, finishing ahead of Alfonso Celis Jr. and Egor Orudzhev. Dean Stoneman came home in sixth, followed by Marlon Stockinger, Rene Binder and Fantin, who dropped to P9 thanks to a post-race penalty.
Oliver Rowland extended his lead at the top of the championship despite only finishing tenth, having experienced a difficult race. The Briton took home one point, but after title rival Matthieu Vaxiviere slid into the gravel on the last lap, it was enough to give him a 50-point lead at the end of the weekend.
As a result, Rowland simply needs to match Vaxiviere’s score at the next double-header round in Le Mans to win the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 championship with one round to spare.
Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”.
At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.
Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California.
Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.
“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”
805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”
Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life.
The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general.
“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said. “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”
While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself.
“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”
Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.
Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg.
“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle.
“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”
The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective.
“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.
“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”