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.