Media Release: Ellis Gets On Track To Help Celebrity Karting Challenge Fundraising Efforts At Autosport International
Croydon, Surrey (UK) – Tuesday, January 4, 2011; Bradley Ellis will join a host of top celebrity drivers taking to the kart track to raise money for charity in David Brabham’s Celebrity Karting Challenge, staged within Autosport International at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday, January 13.
An avid supporter of the annual charity kart race held in the Live Action Arena of Europe’s biggest motorsport show whenever his racing schedule will allow, Ellis will join a grid of celebrity drivers representing a veritable who’s who across the global motorsport echelons. Nearly 100 motorsport stars will join Le Mans legend David Brabham’s fundraising efforts including Ellis’ 2007 British GT Champion teammate Alex Mortimer, Allan McNish, Darren Turner, Matt Neal, Sam Bird, Luke Hines and Duncan Tappy. Organised by Racing4Charity, the annual charity kart battle has raised an impressive £151,000 to help various worthy causes in the last three years alone. The 2011 Celebrity Karting Challenge will raise awareness and funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation (www.starlight.org.uk), which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and also entertains sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK. “I’m really looking forward to supporting this year’s Celebrity Karting Challenge, which should be another fantastic event as the track takes on the entire Live Action Arena at Autosport International,” said Ellis. “The event is huge fun and a great way to raise awareness and funds for a very worthy cause and it’s a pleasure to once again support the efforts of David Brabham and Racing4Charity’s Bill Williams who do an awesome job of staging the race.” Members of the public can join the fundraising effort and race alongside their motorsport heroes for just £300, which includes two tickets to Autosport International, by contacting Bill Williams at email@example.com or call 0044 (0)7712 578263. Ellis has a busy few days planned at Autosport International 2011, which takes place across January 13-16. In addition to taking time out to support the Celebrity Karting Challenge, the 23 year-old will be busy thrilling visitors on the Caterham Drive Experience, next to the Live Action Arena in Hall 4, on the remaining show days. Renowned for his epic efforts narrowly missing out on the 2008 FIA GT3 European GT championship crown after breaking a bone in his neck following a massive Ginetta accident at Thruxton, Ellis is currently exploring sportscar racing options for 2011. With Autosport International highly regarded as the unofficial start to the racing season, the Croydon racer hopes to be able to progress plans at the NEC. Ellis continued: “At this stage in my career the only way I can move forward is with manufacturer backing and that’s exactly what I’ve been busy developing throughout 2010, alongside my Bradley Ellis Racing driver coaching operation. I’ve been speaking to quite a few manufacturers and things are looking pretty positive. Hopefully something will come of all my hard work and I can move my career on to the next level and be back on track in 2011.” Although a regular competitor across international sportscar events, Ellis still invests time in the grassroots of racing from which he graduated over 10 years ago. A special sponsor of the Formula One Management-backed Formula Kart Stars national karting championship, Ellis will also be appearing on the Formula Kart Stars stage to help encourage more young drivers to progress through the racing ranks. -Ends- Notes to Editors Bradley Ellis will be attending Autosport International on January 13-16, 2011. To arrange a media interview please contact firstname.lastname@example.org For further ticket information and to keep up to date with all Autosport International news and information, visit www.autosportinternational.com. Media Contact Emma Spearing, Hazel PR: Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 E-mail: email@example.com