EU3: Oschersleben: Bradley Ellis Cleared to race
Ellis Cleared to Race FIA GT3 European Rounds in Germany Bradley Ellis has been given medical clearance, by both a specialist and a doctor, to race the Matech Ford GT in Oschersleben, Germany, this weekend. It was feared that Ellis would miss ...
Ellis Cleared to Race FIA GT3 European Rounds in Germany
Bradley Ellis has been given medical clearance, by both a specialist and a doctor, to race the Matech Ford GT in Oschersleben, Germany, this weekend. It was feared that Ellis would miss the FIA GT3 European rounds following his serious accident at Thruxton on Sunday 29 June, but the 21 year-old has been given a clear bill of health to continue his attack on the series title with team mate Alex Mortimer.
The Croydon star, who won both FIA GT3 races at Monza and lies third in the driver standings, contested the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Thruxton to support Fulvio Mussi and the pair finished second in class on Saturday. But contact to the rear of Ellis' Ginetta G50 on one of the fastest parts of the Hampshire circuit launched him off the track and into a bank protecting a marshals post, just before the chicane.
Thankfully no marshals were injured in the incident and thanks to their swift actions, not to mention his HANS device, Ellis was spared from serious injury.
After an over-night stay in Winchester Hospital Ellis was discharged on Monday and despite a compression fracture to the sixth vertebra he didn't require the support of a neck brace. Subsequent specialist consultation and treatment ensured that Ellis was given medical clearance on Wednesday.
Already armed with a new crash helmet and HANS device, which he collected on the way home from hospital on Monday, Ellis commented: "I'm thrilled to be getting back in the Ford GT four days after leaving hospital because I'm feeling fine. I've had a lot of tests and treatment this week and I wouldn't risk racing unless I felt completely ready. I'm really looking forward to getting down to business on Friday, and scoring some valuable championship points in Germany would certainly end the week on a better note than it started."
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