Mike Epps has brought his 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season to a close in sensational fashion as he converted his first ever pole position in the series into a superb breakthrough top five finish in the final race of the year at Brands Hatch this past weekend (30 September/1 October).
A battling drive up to tenth in race two had placed Epps in contention for the reverse grid pole position and broadcasting legend Murray Walker duly picked his number out of the hat, placing the Hemel Hempstead racer at the front of the grid for the first time in his BTCC career.
With the heavens opening ahead of the race, a treacherous wet circuit greeted Epps as he led the thirty car field around for the green flag lap before producing a great launch off the line to lead through the world-famous Paddock Hill Bend for the first time.
His advantage would unfortunately be short-lived as contact to the rear sent him wide through Surtees bend and dropped him to second, but Epps compo...
Mike Epps enjoyed a return to form with a pair of top ten finishes in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone this past weekend (16/17 September), however he was left feeling there could have been more after running as high as fifth in the final race of the day.
Epps laid down a statement of intent in the opening free practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning, producing eye-catching pace in tricky wet conditions to top the timesheets for a long spell, before eventually finishing third overall as others capitalised on an improving track.
After finishing on the fringe of the top ten in improved conditions during the second free practice session, the AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing ace would unfortunately encounter a nightmare qualifying session as an issue with the rear of his car left him unable to show his potential.
A startling lack of rear end grip meant Epps could only guide his Volkswagen CC to the 25th best time during an incredibly close session,...
Mike Epps saw a promising start turn sour in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham this past weekend (26/27 August), with a return to the points paying positions in race one the highlight of an otherwise difficult day of racing in Corby.
Following a weekend to forget at Knockhill last time out, Epps headed to Rockingham determined to enjoy an upturn in fortunes around a circuit that was expected to suit his AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC, however his weekend didn’t start in a positive fashion on Saturday.
An unusual balance problem with the car caused braking and handling issues during the opening free practice session, causing him to end proceedings early and miss out on crucial track time as the Team HARD mechanics worked to find a solution for the second session.
With improvements found Epps was able to get closer to the front-running pace ahead of the all-important qualifying session that afternoon, during which a strong late lap of 1m 23.696...
Mike Epps is determined to bounce back from his recent spell of misfortune in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and return to the sharp end of the grid this weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway (26/27 August).
Luck has deserted the Hemel Hempstead racer since the mid-season summer break, but he hopes the trip to Corby could provide a turning point in his fortunes as he reaches the business end of his second season in the BTCC with Team HARD.
After notching seven points finishes including a personal best result of eighth in the first half of the season, Epps saw his efforts to kick off the second half strongly at Snetterton derailed by a race one driveshaft failure and a contact-induced retirement in race three.
That was followed by a difficult trip to Knockhill earlier this month, with the 25 year old struggling to make an impact around a circuit not suited to his Auto Aid/RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC as he picked up a best finish of seventeenth.
Mike Epps endured a meeting to forget during the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s annual trip north of the border this past weekend (12/13 August) as he battled to a best finish of seventeenth during Rounds 19, 20 and 21 at Knockhill.
With the long wheelbase of his AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC not being suited to the technical, undulating nature of the Scottish circuit, Epps and the Team HARD squad were anticipating an uphill struggle heading into the seventh meeting of the season.
That would turn out to be the case throughout the weekend, with changing weather conditions and an alternator problem in free practice two hampering Epps’ preparations ahead of qualifying on Saturday, which itself would turn into a lottery as the circuit dried after earlier rainfall.
Epps would give his all to post a strong time as the conditions improved in the closing minutes of the session, however a combination of a brake issue and other drivers blocking him on his decisiv...
A race one driveshaft failure derailed a weekend full of promise for Mike Epps as he suffered a frustrating start to the second half of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Snetterton this past weekend (29/30 July).
The Norfolk circuit had proved to be a happy hunting ground for Epps and Team HARD last season as he made his first ever visit to the BTCC podium with a Jack Sears Trophy success, however his hopes of a similarly standout weekend were dashed in the opening encounter.
Saturday had been a day of solid progression for Epps in his Auto Aid/RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC, as some hard work with the engineers across the two free practice sessions culminated in a hugely positive run come qualifying in the afternoon.
A brilliant lap time of 1m 57.067s around the 2.97 mile circuit would place Epps twelfth on the grid, and with less than five hundredths of a second splitting him from ninth, he headed into Sunday’s opening race confident of battling f...