Just one week before the third weekend of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup was due to take place at Croft circuit in North Yorkshire, it was questionable whether championship front-runner Mike Epps would make it out on track due to a faltering season budget with the loss of a sponsor. Fortunately, he was able to finalise things last minute and in a mixture of torrential and sunny conditions he came out with two more podiums and a bunch of points to add to his championship assault.
On Friday, Epps topped the timesheets in the first free practice session of the weekend by a considerable margin in wet conditions on the circuit’s recently re-surfaced layout. The weekend was set to be unpredictable as always, with weather forecasts changes every hour.
The 20-minute Qualifying session took place on Saturday morning in dry conditions, but with Croft circuit having recently replaced the grass on most corner exits with soft turf combined with a huge amount of rain in the week building up...
Mike Epps took a strong haul of points away from Donington Park last weekend in the 2019 Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup with two consecutive podiums, despite an unlucky mechanical issue which left him sat on the sidelines for the first race.
The 27-year old from Hemel Hempstead was aiming to improve on a positive first weekend in the championship with Team-HARD. Racing, leaving Brands Hatch three weeks ago third in the driver standings.
Epps put in a promising qualifying performance, putting his striking pink and green liveried #37 car P2 in wet conditions. Things took a downhill tumble though as a driveshaft failure left him sat stranded on the grid at the start of a dry race one. Unable to move the car, he sadly had to retire scoring 0 points in Saturday’s first encounter and would start at the back of the grid in the Pro category for the next race.
This left the Simply Race Milton Keynes sponsored driver with a lot of making up to do in the remaining races. The weather was now...
Hemel Hempstead's Mike Epps kicked off the 2019 racing season with a strong showing in the first three rounds of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Brands Hatch, Kent. In a last minute lifeline entry to the championship with his former BTCC team, Team Hard Racing, timing was tight to get everything sorted, but good pace and results straight from the get go meant he left the circuit last weekend a promising 3rd place in the championship.
With a single day of testing in the car at the championship launch day prior to the first weekend around Brands Hatch's Indy circuit, he placed P2 and P3 in the Friday free practice sessions in dry conditions.
Qualifying took place early on Saturday morning on a much colder track where he qualified P4 with a best lap of 47.96 seconds, just 2-tenths of a second shy of pole-sitter and 2018 race winner Harry King.
Typically, Brands Hatch gave the Ginetta GT4 Supercup a whole mix of weather in which to start their season, with o...
Former British Touring Car Championship racer Mike Epps will enter the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup for the first time this season with Team HARD. Racing.
Epps’ entry into the GT4 SuperCup will mark not only his debut in one-make Ginetta competition but also his first full foray into GT racing, though he makes the transition with a strong pedigree across single-seater and tin-top championships in recent years.
A former race-winner in the USF2000 open-wheel championship in America, the Hemel Hempstead based driver secured four victories in the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2015 before starting a two year spell in the British Touring Car Championship with Team HARD. Racing.
Epps, who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday (12th March), impressed in the BTCC on a tight budget, securing multiple top ten results across the two seasons and impressively coming runner-up in the 2016 Jack Sears Trophy to 2017 overall champion-to-be Ash Sutton.
Epps’ best result came with a standout fifth overall in...
Mike Epps had a strong weekend in the final rounds of the UK Renault Clio Cup at Brands Hatch GP, but, like the previous rounds at Silverstone, didn’t quite have results to show for his performance after unfortunate contact knocked him down the order. However, he remained positive of both himself and the Matrix Motorsport team’s strength and development throughout the year and for future seasons to come.
Finishing off his first season in Clio Cup within the brand new Matrix Clio Cup squad, with the help of principle Jeff Alden, the Hemel Hempstead racer was eyeing up maiden race wins for himself and the team, and in Sunday’s race (aired live on ITV4) he looked set to challenge for one.
A frustrating first race preceded that on Saturday, having qualified 9th on the grid just tenths of a second away from the leaders with no-one to help him gain an ever important slipstream on his best laps, he was run off the circuit and through the gravel on the first lap by another driver, forced to...
Mike Epps had a weekend of unfulfilled potential at the penultimate rounds of the UK Clio Cup Championship at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, saying the race pace he had was stronger than it has ever been all year with Matrix Motorsport, proving he and the debut racing team together are a fierce combination to reckon with, but that bad luck cast a shadow over their performance this weekend.
With the 26-year old holding 6th place in the championship and mathematically in the running for the title, he headed into the weekend fired up for podiums and wins. Lacking outright pace with a slight lack of engine performance and slipstream, he qualified 7th and 6th for the two races, but knew that when in the pack he wouldn’t suffer too much.
“This circuit is massively flat out with long straights, it’s as close to oval racing at you can get in Clios, so with only one team mate to tow with it was always going to be difficult to get right at the top of the timesheets, but putting one lap...