Mike Epps scythed his way to another sensational UK Clio Cup podium last weekend in the wet weather at Rockingham, Corby. The 2016/17 BTCC driver excelled in wet conditions to vault forward from eighth on the grid, pulling off some spectacular overtakes in the early laps, chasing down championship leader Max Coates to take second place and almost catching the leader, Team Pyro’s Jack McCarthy by the flag.
Struggling a little more for pace in dry conditions around the oval-based circuit, Epps had fought hard for an eighth place finish in the first race on Saturday having qualified in the same position, just three tenths away from pole position, showing the close competitiveness of the UK Clio Cup field.
“What a race!”, commented Epps after Sunday’s encounter. “That was much more like it, ducking and diving, different lines every lap. Loved it. We seem to lack pace just a tiny bit on a few drivers in the dry, which is frustrating, but wet conditions always level things out and it’s dow...
Mike Epps broke into podium territory last weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Snetterton, Norfolk. He vaulted from 13th on the grid to ultimately finish 3rd by the chequered flag in the first of two races on Sunday, scoring both his first podium in the one-make saloon series and new-team Matrix Motorsport’s first podium altogether.
This was a great recovery for Epps who suffered a poor qualifying the day before, picking up damage early in the dry session and unable to set competitive times.
Weather conditions changed dramatically through the weekend, starting with a high of 34 degrees Celsius and sunshine all day on Friday during practice, with Sunday a comparatively brisk 18 degrees with rainfall most of the day.
Epps used his wet weather experience to scythe through the field while a few fell of the slippery circuit. With 2015 series runner-up Ash Hand standing-in as team mate for an unwell Andy Wilmot, the pair pushed straight through to the front and on the last lap Epps chal...
Mike Epps made a return to BTCC machinery yesterday during day two of the official Dunlop BTCC Tyre Test at Snetterton, piloting AMD Tuning’s MG6 GT to P5 out of 25 runners on the timesheets.
The 26-year old is halfway through season’s racing in UK Clio Cup as a recruit to brand new team Matrix Motorsport, his last BTCC encounter 9-months ago with Team Hard Racing at the 2017 BTCC Season Finale.
Commenting at the end of the day, Epps said: “Me, my team and partners have been working hard behind the scenes since this year began and this was a great opportunity to get back in a BTCC car during the summer break. AMD have a great team dynamic and I think the MG6 can be competitive in their hands. I’m happy what we managed do in a short space of time and confidant there was some more left in the tin. I have definitely missed that buzz.”
At present, Epps is set to continue challenging in the UK Clio Cup championship with the next rounds following BTCC back to Snetterton, No...
Matrix Motorsport’s Mike Epps put in another set of consistent results in what he referred to as a weekend with “a lot learned” as the UK Clio Cup headed up to North Yorkshire for rounds 9 & 10 at Croft Circuit.
The Matrix team has made steady progress from the beginning of the year starting completely new to the Clio Gen 4 race car and indeed the Clio Cup Championship. Epps and his engineer Ryan Brock have played a huge part in the team’s setup progression to the half-way point of the season and this has shown in the consistency of his pace. A number of changes were made during the Free Practice sessions to deal with tyre degradation and overall balance on a fast lap, with Epps sitting very near the top of the time sheets during both sessions.
His rivals all brought their A-game to Qualifying on Saturday morning though, with Epps managing an overall 7th and 6th place in his first and second-best lap times during the session, but remained confident the car’s pace was there, just thre...
Mike Epps is confident of new team Matrix Motorsport’s UK Clio Cup pace after a chaotic but promising weekend at Oulton Park (Cheshire), the former BTCC driver adamant that podiums and wins should be on the horizon soon.
A gearbox issue hampered Epps’ entire Friday practice, with quite a loss of pace in both sessions. Heading out for qualifying on Saturday morning with a replaced gearbox, he qualified 8th after losing over three tenths of a second getting around another car on his fastest lap. Later analysis showed his lap time may have been good enough for 3rd on the grid without the delay.
Avoiding an incident in a contact-filled first lap of Race 1, he chased the lead pack in 9th position at the back of a battling train of cars.. Despite everyone ahead defending their positions, he managed to slip past BMR-Academy’s Bradley Burns for 8th place on the final lap.
Race 2 proved much more exciting, certainly for the fans watching, as Jade Edwards was launched into a spectacular high...
Matrix Motorsport’s Mike Epps had a tough weekend of scrapping for all important championship points in the UK Clio Cup last weekend at Thruxton, Hampshire.
After a positive start to the season at Brands Hatch, coming out of the weekend 3rd in the overall standings, Donington didn’t deliver quite such luck with the Hertfordshire driver leaving 7th in the points tally.
Unforeseen issues with the series’ 2018 Michelin tyre on the harsh track surface at Thruxton meant both races had to be shortened by several laps. With a less than perfect qualifying session too, Epps starting 9th and 6th struggling to find good space on track, he had work to do.
Race one saw no move up the order for Epps ultimately, scrapping for 7th and 8th places but in the end unable to pass and stay ahead, crossing the line in 9th.
Race two was somewhat more positive for Epps and the Matrix team, running in the front pack after a good start to hold 4th place before a hard charging Daniel Rowbottom passed him...