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BGTC: Ellis stays with Team RPM

ELLIS TO MOUNT 2007 GT3 DODGE VIPER ASSAULT Croydon's Bradley Ellis will take the step up to contest the highly-competitive Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT3 class in 2007, at the wheel of a mighty Dodge Viper. Ellis, who finished an ...

ELLIS TO MOUNT 2007 GT3 DODGE VIPER ASSAULT

Croydon's Bradley Ellis will take the step up to contest the highly-competitive Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT3 class in 2007, at the wheel of a mighty Dodge Viper. Ellis, who finished an impressive third overall in the GTC class alongside Alex Mortimer in what was his inaugural British GT season in 2006, will continue to race with Banbury-based Team RPM.

The 2007 Avon Tyres British GT Championship will feature two classes, GT3 and GTC, with the overall champion being decided by the teams and drivers competing in GT3. The GT3 category was successfully launched in 2006 through the FIA GT3 European championship, with over 40 cars taking to the track for the first race at Silverstone. GT3 was also launched in British GT with entries from Aston Martin, Lotus, Porsche and Ascari, and in 2007 these famous manufacturers will be joined by Ferrari, Dodge, Jaguar, Mosler and Chevrolet.

Ellis, aged 19, will chariot the 520hp Dodge Viper at the first double-header British GT race meeting at Oulton Park on Saturday 7 and Monday 9 April, but thankfully that won't be the first time he'll take to the track in anger. A handful of tests with Team RPM have seen Ellis quickly adapt to the power increase from the previous 400bhp Porsche 996, ready to mount his assault on the British GT Championship crown.

With entries for the 2007 GT3 class including the most prestigious racing marques in the world, Ellis knows it's not going to be an easy ride. However, with a hat-trick of GTC wins with teammate Mortimer under his belt in a season that barely saw the pairing off the podium, Ellis is eager to get back on the track under full race conditions.

"After such an amazing first year racing in British GTs, I can't think of any better way to start my second season than in a Dodge Viper with Team RPM," said Ellis. "As well as producing some great race results, last year helped me master all the circuits, so I'm already one step ahead this year. The car feels good but we have more testing to do before the first round when we will see just how competitive we are."

Team RPM boss Robin Mortimer was instrumental in nurturing Ellis during his first British GT season. With over a decade of extensive experience in motorsport, Team RPM have claimed success in a plethora of racing categories, including Radical Enduro, Radical Biduro, Formula BMW, the Porsche Carrera Cup and the British GT Championship.

"I'm delighted to have sealed the deal to have Brad on board for a second season," said Mortimer. "He did a stunning job last year, proving himself to be one of the best rookies, he showed huge potential. We are very much looking forward to the season ahead with what we hope is a winning combination."

The first two 60-minute races of the 14-race 2007 season take place at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Saturday 7 and Monday 9 April.

-credit: britishgtc

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