Media Release: Ellis Ready To Go Radical
Hinckley, Leicestershire - Monday, April 11, 2011; Bradley Ellis is ready to go radical in 2011 as the sportscar star prepares for his first full season contesting the Dunlop Radical UK Cup. The former British GT Champion and FIA GT3 race winner and pole sitter, who hails from Croydon and recently relocated to Hinckley, is poised for round one battle at the new Silverstone Arena circuit this weekend, April 16 & 17.
The 23 year-old’s impressive race CV already includes a stint in the popular sportscar series. Ellis took third in the 2007 championship with three wins, a trio of second places, two third places, three fastest laps and a Thruxton lap record in the Team RPM Radical SR3. That impressive tally was notched up despite only contesting select rounds in-between his British GT title challenge and FIA GT3 endeavours. Andy Cummings will join Ellis to complete the Supreme Racing Supersports class entry for the first time. Although Cummings is set to make his Radical debut at Silverstone, he’s been under Ellis’ expert tutelage to help him progress up the sportscar ladder, leaving him in good stead this season. Although the new pairing is yet to race together, Ellis’ hopes are high to continue the race-winning form he has effortlessly demonstrated in every sportscar category he’s ever raced. Offering an unrivalled one-make series, the Dunlop Radical UK Cup has grown from strength-to-strength. The 40-minute enduro, two-driver race format continues in 2011, with the series welcoming both professional and amateur drivers alike across a challenging 14 round calendar which takes in top UK and international tracks. “The 2007 season was my first and last year racing Radicals. I enjoyed it then so I’m looking forward to the challenge of contesting a full season of the UK Cup with Andy,” said Ellis. “Although we’re a new pairing, there’s already good partner chemistry as we’ve been working together for a while through my Bradley Ellis Racing performance driver coaching operation. Andy has raced at club level and now he’s ready to work his way up the sportscar ladder. “I’ve been helping Andy hone his skills to ensure he gets the full potential out of the car. It’s a joy to work with him as he takes everything on board and makes every effort to take his driving to the next level. I’m sure he’ll be impressive in his first Radical season.” A 47-strong field will line-up on the Silverstone grid for the first Radical round with Ellis and Cummings preparing for battle against a bumper 28 car entry in the Supersports category. “The Dunlop Radical UK Cup has become a serious stepping stone for a sportscar career. It offers cost effective racing and a fierce field of competition while the development and potential of the car itself will hopefully offer a route to the higher ranks of LMP2 and LMP1. “We have to be realistic about our first round chances as this is a highly competitive series with seasoned racers. We’ll be able to measure our expectations better after Silverstone but I hope we will be up the front. We should compare well with other Pro/Am drivers but we want to be the best Pro/Am pairing out there. We should be able to achieve that. We might be the new boys but we are aiming for the top.” As well as overseas rounds at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Imola (Italy), the series will also take in new-for-2011 track layouts at Snetterton, Silverstone Arena and Donington Park, while the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit and Oulton Park are welcome returnees, completing a mix of classic tracks and new challenges. “Radical has pulled together an impressive championship calendar this year. The international rounds at Spa and Imola add credibility and attract a bigger field of drivers ensuring a higher level of competition. It’s a shame the Spa round isn’t a points scoring weekend but it will still be valuable seat time for us. I haven’t raced at Imola before so I’m also looking forward to that new challenge. “The new Silverstone Arena circuit should make for an interesting first round. I’ve done a fair few laps on track and test days. Andy and I also did a Radical test day recently, so although we haven’t raced on the new layout we’ve got some good circuit knowledge and car data. It should be a great race weekend.” The Radical season gets underway at Silverstone on Saturday morning with qualifying at 11:30 while the racing action kicks off with round one on Sunday at 10:15 followed by round two at 15:40. Building on the growing success of the Radical UK Cup, the 2011 season not only sees an improved race calendar but also televised footage from every round through Radical's own on-demand web TV service, Radical TV. For further information visit www.radicalsportscars.com -Ends- Media Contact Emma Spearing, Hazel PR: Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 E-mail: email@example.com