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.
Epps, who now has 51 BTCC starts to his name, is ready to put those disappointments behind him though and begin to show his true potential once again, with the high-speed nature of the Rockingham circuit set to play to the strengths of his Volkswagen.
The Simply Race and Anytime Fitness supported racer is also buoyed by some steps forward made with the car set-up since Knockhill, which he hopes to maximise as he heads into the final three meetings of the season at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP.
Mike Epps: “We’ve had a couple of tough of weekends since the summer break with mechanical issues, contact and what not. I’m looking to put Snetterton and Knockhill behind us though and focus on getting back to usual, starting at Rockingham.
“A Volkswagen CC won race three at Rockingham last year, so we know the promise the car has at the circuit. I feel if we can retain the pace we’ve shown over the season so far and stay out of trouble, this could be a really strong weekend for us.
“If things go our way there should be no reason we can’t be qualifying within the top ten, and we want to be staying there and bringing home a proper handful of points, whilst also possibly taking advantage of the third race reversed grid.”
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