Media Release: Ellis Set For Radical Showdown At Spa
Hinckley, Leicestershire (UK) – Thursday, April 28, 2011; Bradley Ellis is set to return to one of his favourite European race venues on May 5&6 as the Dunlop Radical UK Cup heads to the infamous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
Ellis heads to Spa after an encouraging season opener at Silverstone earlier this month with a charge through the Supersports class field to record a top 10 finish in round one. The 23 year-old was looking strong and battling for the class lead in round two when a puncture put paid to his race chances. The Croydon-born sportscar ace, who recently moved to live in Hinckley, Leicestershire, already boasts record form at the Belgian circuit with a double podium finish scored when he last contested the Radical series back in 2007. With that kind of form already on his race CV, it’s hardly surprising Ellis ranks the track among his favourites in Europe. Although the double header race weekend doesn’t form part of the championship-point counting rounds this season, the Radical UK Cup’s first international outing of 2011 will offer Ellis and his new teammate vital seat time in the Supreme Racing Radical SR3 as Andy Cummings makes his Spa debut. “We took a lot of positives from our first races at Silverstone to carry forward for the rest of the season,” said Ellis. “It’s a shame we can’t score points at Spa but that means we can relax and enjoy a double race weekend that offers us valuable time in the car. The Spa rounds will be only Andy’s third and fourth races in the series, so he’ll get more vital race experience on one of Europe’s most demanding circuits. “Unfortunately we can’t take part in the additional track day test preceding the race. We’ll only be able to do the two 40-minute practice sessions. Andy will do the majority of driving then to help him get to know the track, but then he’s probably only looking at getting 20 laps of testing as it’s such a long lap. Regardless, I’m sure he’ll rise to the challenge. “I love Spa. Every time I race there I get on well so I’ll be hoping for more of the same this year. I’ll be aiming to qualify on the front row. It would be nice to get a top five finish although realistically we are probably looking at the top 10. But you never know what could happen at a circuit like Spa. “It’s the second race weekend as a new driver pairing but Andy and I are already working really well together. He did a great job at Silverstone and just gets better and better, so we should be in for a good weekend. Spa will certainly be a great experience for him and we’ll return to race in the UK as an even stronger Pro/Am duo. I’m really looking forward to it.” The Radical UK Cup action starts on Thursday morning at Spa with the two 40-minute practice sessions preceding qualifying at 15:50 (local time). The first race will take place at 10:50 on Friday, May 6, followed by race two at 17.00 (local time). For further information on the Dunlop Radical UK Cup visit www.radicalsportscars.com -Ends- Media Contact Emma Spearing, Hazel PR: Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org