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BGTC: Bradley Ellis Brands Hatch preview

ELLIS PREPARES FOR HOME BATTLE AT BRANDS HATCH Croydon's Bradley Ellis is preparing to return to his home race circuit of Brands Hatch as the Avon Tyres British GT Championship heads to the premier Kent track on 14 & 15 July for rounds six...

ELLIS PREPARES FOR HOME BATTLE AT BRANDS HATCH

Croydon's Bradley Ellis is preparing to return to his home race circuit of Brands Hatch as the Avon Tyres British GT Championship heads to the premier Kent track on 14 & 15 July for rounds six and seven. Fresh from his FIA GT3 debut at Monza, Italy, where he clinched second and third place finishes, Ellis will be looking to emulate his 2006 home win at Brands Hatch, this time in the Team RPM Dodge Competition Coupe.

Ellis and teammate Alex Mortimer (Stoneleigh, Warwickshire) currently lie fifth in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship after a mixed season so far. The opening round saw the Dodge Competition Coupe struggling to find power and stability due to penalty restrictions of 100 kilos of ballast, an air flow restrictor and increased ride height. The problems, however, didn't stop Ellis and Mortimer bagging their first podium of the season that same weekend, by finishing third in round two at Oulton Park.

With some restrictions removed and the ballast dropped to 60 kilos, the dynamic duo went one better in round three at Donington Park, taking the second step of the podium. Despite their unquestionable potential, lady luck really hasn't been smiling on the Team RPM pairing. In the last round, five, at Snetterton, Ellis and Mortimer could only muster 10th after a monumental effort. It was a miracle they finished at all, with a faulty ECU playing havoc with their chances throughout the two hour race.

"We've had a tricky start to the season, but we are hoping everything will come good at Brands Hatch," said Ellis. "I can't wait to get back to my home track; it should be a great event. Although we haven't tested the Viper at Brands Hatch, we are confident we can go well, as the sweeping corners really suit the car."

With their first 2007 victory so far eluding them, Ellis and Mortimer are hoping to correct that balance at Brands Hatch but are realistic about their chances. "Of course we will be looking to repeat last year's GTC class victory at Brands Hatch, but first and foremost we will be concentrating on getting as many points as possible and aiming to get on the podium in both races. It will be my pleasure to welcome all my sponsors to Brands Hatch -- ATS, Cult Energy, GENT, and Fathom, so I'm determined to give them all a great weekend."

Aside from the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, 20-year-old Ellis has tasted victory twice guest driving in the Dunlop Radical Enduro Championship. Partnered with Phil Bailey (Hinckley, Leicestershire), Ellis has helped secure five podium finishes, including two wins and three second places so far, which leaves them second in the championship battle and just three points adrift of the leaders after six rounds.

Qualifying for rounds six and seven of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship takes place on Saturday 14 July at 13.15 and 13.45. Racing on Saturday starts at 16.05 with round six of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at 16.50. The racing action starts again at 10.20 on Sunday 15 July, with the British GTs taking to the track for round seven at 13.55. All times remain provisional.

-credit: www.bradleyellisracing.com

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