Tio Ellinas has retained third place in the second race at Le Mans after Dean Stoneman lodged an unsuccessful appeal at the eighth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

Pole-sitter Ellinas and DAMS rookie Stoneman were battling for third throughout the race after a slow pit stop dropped the Cypriot down the order and out of contention to win the race. One exchange in particular was referred to the race controllers after Stoneman felt his rival gained an advantage from an illegal move at the helm of his Strakka Racing challenger.

The Briton's appeal has been unsuccessful and he will remain in fourth place, the same finish he obtained in race one at the historic French circuit.

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Unsurprisingly, the two differ regarding the overtaking manoeuvre on a weekend that has thrown track limits into the spotlight and has caused much contention among the drivers. In race one, Matthieu Vaxiviere - now officially confirmed as 2015's runner up - was handed a ten second penalty for continually exceeding track limits.

Stoneman, now bettering his team mate Nyck de Vries for third in the championship, told Crash.net that he felt Ellinas gained an unfair advantage, nearly pushing the Briton off the track in the process.

"Twice [Tio] ran well off the track and I couldn't get past him, there was one really big moment where he nearly ran me into the gravel," he explained from his team's hospitality at Le Mans. "I couldn't catch him and because of that Vaxiviere was given fresh air where he was consistent and could finish second."

The Red Bull junior later went on to explain that the place was not, in his opinion, handed back fairly.

"I have a problem because the timings seem to show that he gained six tenths," he continued. "I wouldn't mind if it was a little bit but that's actually quite a lot. It was frustrating."

The half hour competition was ultimately won by Egor Orudzhev with Oliver Rowland clinching the title after an eighth place finish. Pole man Ellinas was a dominant force over one lap in his Strakka machine was struggled to convert this to race pace, something he admitted when offering his version of events.

"We didn't have the pace, we had some issues. If we had the qualifying pace, we would have been up there," he told Crash.net.

Ellinas insists when accounting the overtake that this was the safest manoeuvre and the only way to avoid an accident on the track. It was a race that had already endured a brief safety car after a collision between Andre Negrao and Yu Kanumaru on lap four slowed down proceedings in the early stages.

"I turned in, I could see him coming and I missed the curve just to avoid a collision, I chose to cut the corner for that reason and then he pushed me on the next corner," he continued, noting the challenges of negotiating these track limits. "He was right behind me on that next corner so if he wanted to overtake then he had a chance."

"I would make the same move again."

The two drivers are in a battle for third place in the championship following Ellinas' recent resurgence in form. Just 17 points and two drivers - Nyck de Vries and Tom Dillmann separate the two in the standings with two races remaining.