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Ellis to get BRDC award.

Bradley Ellis will be awarded the BRDC Innes Ireland Trophy at the annual prestigious British Racing Drivers' Club Awards 2008 next week.

The 21 year-old will receive the coveted accolade as the driver who best displayed the qualities of courage and sportsmanship epitomized by the late Innes Ireland, during 2008.

Ellis suffered a massive accident during a guest return to the British GT Championship at Thruxton in June. 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, resulting in a compression fracture to the sixth vertebra.

Despite an overnight stay in hospital, Ellis bounced back to buy another crash helmet and HANS device on the way home and returned to the racing seat less than one week later, to contest the next FIA GT3 European round at Oschersleben, Germany.

His swift recovery and determination to return to racing no doubt helped Ellis to stay in the fight for the FIA GT3 European Championship crown and he will fly back from the season finale in Dubai to attend the awards ceremony.

“It will be an immense honour to receive the Innes Ireland Trophy and my first ever BRDC award,” Ellis said. “The accident at Thruxton was by far the most serious of my career, although I don't plan on having another, but the moment I got to hospital I was determined that it wouldn't ruin my season.

“However, it was thanks to the fantastic support from across the industry, including the BRDC of which I was invited to become a member earlier this year, that I was able to get back racing as soon as possible. I'm very much looking forward to the ceremony.”


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