EU3: Brno: Bradley Ellis preview

Ellis Fit and Ready for Brno After a welcome two month break, Bradley Ellis and the FIA GT3 European Championship will be back in action for rounds seven and eight at Brno in the Czech Republic on 13&14 September. As the season reaches the...

Ellis Fit and Ready for Brno

After a welcome two month break, Bradley Ellis and the FIA GT3 European Championship will be back in action for rounds seven and eight at Brno in the Czech Republic on 13&14 September. As the season reaches the halfway point, Ellis lies third in the championship standings in what is his first full rookie year in the series, just seven points adrift of the leaders Arnaud Peyroles and James Ruffier.

The last rounds, at Oschersleben in June, saw Ellis return to racing less than a week after a serious accident during a guest appearance in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Thruxton left him with a compression fracture to the sixth vertebra. Although it was a challenging weekend in Germany, where Ellis and teammate Alex Mortimer were put out of the hunt while leading round five and brake failure put pay to their round six chances, the pair managed to defend their respective championship positions.

Ellis heads to the Czech Republic fully rested and itching to get back at the wheel of the Matech Ford GT and commented: "After such a long break between Oschersleben and Brno, I can't wait to get back in the car. My neck is feeling really good now and I'm not experiencing any pain or trouble, so I am ready to get back in to the championship fight. At Oschersleben we just had to defend our championship position but now I am back on full form we will be looking for another podium finish and vital points at Brno."

The two one-hour test sessions on Friday will be the first time the 21 year-old has been in the car since Oschersleben but Ellis does have experience of the Czech circuit as he competed in occasional rounds of the series last year in a Team RPM Dodge Viper.

Having collected a new helmet and HANS device on the way home from hospital the day after his Thruxton accident, Ellis had to race in an uncharacteristically bland white helmet in Germany. But thanks to the outstanding efforts of JLF Designs, the reigning British GT Champion will be easily recognisable at Brno in his traditional helmet design.

With just seven points separating Ellis from the championship leaders and 10 points up for grabs for the victor of each FIA GT3 European round, another win to follow Ellis and Mortimer's double victory at Monza would tip the scales in the Croydon racer's favour.

Qualifying at Brno will take place at 10.35am local time on Saturday with round seven at 3pm followed by round eight at 11.15am on Sunday.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Bradley Ellis , James Ruffier , Arnaud Peyroles