ELLIS ELECTS BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP Croydon's Bradley Ellis will take the step up to race with Team RPM in the prestigious British GT Championship in 2006, which kicks off its season opener at Oulton Park on Easter Monday, 17 April. Ellis...
ELLIS ELECTS BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP
Croydon's Bradley Ellis will take the step up to race with Team RPM in the prestigious British GT Championship in 2006, which kicks off its season opener at Oulton Park on Easter Monday, 17 April.
Ellis will chariot a Porsche 996, a 400bhp powerhouse, for Team RPM. A stark contrast to the Formula Renault single seater car he raced last year. The 18-year-old comes to the British GT Championship boasting two solid years of Formula Renault experience, from both the UK and Italy. The teenager also has a string of British and European karting championships to his credit, which is certain to assist in his race development in the Porsche this season.
With the first round looming, Ellis is taking every opportunity to get time and vital experience in his new machine. But Ellis was only invited to drive in British GTs in late March, meaning he has only had one test session to date. Despite this, the Croydon champion of the future already looks at home at the wheel.
"I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to race with Team RPM, partnering Alex Mortimer this season. Progressing to British GTs is an exciting step forward in my career, which will hopefully open up more options for me in the future," said Ellis.
"I'm really enjoying the new driving challenge and, despite just one test session, I feel at ease with the car and the team. Pit stops and driver changes will all be very new to me this season but Team RPM are leading contenders with vast experience. Once I have fully settled into the car and race format, I am sure I can live up to their expectations."
ATS -- Automotive Trade Supplies -- will once again sponsor Ellis this season. Specialising in paint and materials for the accident and repair market within the South East, ATS has supported Bradley behind the scenes ever since he raced Cadet karts and became the MSA British Cadet Champion.
Ellis will partner team-mate Alex Mortimer who took Team RPM to victory at the final round of the season last year, alongside Tim Harvey. Mortimer, who also boasts a strong karting pedigree, has progressed through the ranks of saloon car racing from the Porsche Carrera Cup where he finished second overall in 2004.
Team RPM took the leap up into British GTs in 2005, where Mortimer claimed pole for his first ever race and proved himself a championship front-runner by leading each of the four races he competed in.
Team RPM is led by Robin Mortimer whose extensive experience in motorsport goes back to 1996 when he was awarded full sponsorship from Old Spice to run privately run Ducatis in the prestigious British Superbike Championship with riders Terry Rymer and Chris Walker. With success across the spectrum of saloon car racing, in Radical Enduro, Radical Biduro, Formula BMW, Porsche Carrera Cup and the British GT Championship, Team RPM certainly have the expertise to guide Ellis in his first saloon car season.
Robin Mortimer commented: "I've actually watched Bradley race since he was a young lad and won the British Cadet and Yamaha Karting Championships. I know he has huge potential but he has been hampered by two difficult seasons. This year he has the benefit of starting the season with a secure budget, team, and partner and that will undoubtedly help him move forward in his career. This young man has great car control and a fantastic attitude, which all helps him fit into the team. We are expecting great things from Bradley and Alex in the next year or so."
The British GT Championships consists of nine double-header rounds across top UK circuits, such as Donington Park, Brands Hatch and Silverstone, in addition to Mondello Park in Ireland. The challenging series, however, also takes in a street-race in Pau, France, plus a final round at Magny-Cours.