2017 British Touring Car Championship driver Mike Epps will join the new Matrix Motorsport outfit this season in the UK Clio Cup. With him the final addition to the Midlands-based operation’s line-up, Matrix will now field four cars in this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup.
25 year-old Epps from Hemel Hempstead brings with him a wealth of experience in single-seaters, sports and saloon cars. After progressing through the ranks of Formula Vee, Formula Renault and US F2000 championships, Epps switched to saloons in 2015 for the VW Racing Cup. He has spent the past two seasons in the BTCC, scoring a series of top-ten finishes and claiming pole position in the final race of 2017.
“It makes complete sense for me to step over from the BTCC this season”, explains Epps. “Having looked at many opportunities, the Matrix Motorsport operation, its plans for the future and the potential of the team really stood out as a logical choice. Therefore, I’m excited to be involved and confident I can help the team achieve its targets. This includes its development in the Clio Cup and the prospect of a BTCC campaign in the future.”
Having recently tested with Matrix Motorsport, Epps was impressed with the setup for such a new team:
“I'm very pleased with the way things went when I joined the team for a test at Snetterton last week. It’s clear that Matrix Motorsport has things in place, which is impressive for a new operation. I'm not surprised at the organisation of it all with the people who are behind it, I have a strong working relationship with team manager Dave Hayes and engineer Ryan Brock from previous campaigns, so I knew what to expect, and this deal had a bit more to it than meets the eye. I'm more than comfortable in the car and everything gelled very nicely. I now can’t wait to get stuck in!”
Epps joins the team’s three drivers who were announced in January: 2017 Clio Cup competitor Aaron Thompson, former BTCC and Ginetta driver Andy Wilmot and Matrix Motorsport team principal Jeff Alden, who is excited about the prospect of the former BTCC driver racing with his operation this season:
“We are delighted that Mike has agreed to join us and we extend a very warm welcome to him”, says Alden. “This means we have another front-runner and potential race winner with us and consequently, I believe we’re in with a real shot at the title. I know it’s our first season in the Clio Cup, but we’re determined to make our presence felt and do the best job we can for everyone involved. Exciting times ahead!”