Mike Epps sets front-running times
at BTCC test
This Thursday (12th July) our lead driver Mike Epps took part in the British Touring Car Championship’s mid-season tyre test at Snetterton. Driving an AmD AutoAid/ RCIB Insurance Racing MG6, it didn’t take Mike long to get onto the pace of the championship regulars and ended the day having set the fifth fastest time.
With Matrix Motorsport admitting that its aim is to become involved in the BTCC in the future, the team was eager to see its number one driver take part in this week’s test and, when AmD confirmed it had space in one of its cars, arrangements were quickly made for Mike to drive it.
Mike is no stranger to touring cars, having competed in the BTCC in 2016 and 2017 driving a Team Hard Volkswagen Passat. Even though it had been nine-months since his last outing in a BTCC machine, Mike quickly acclimatised to the MG and worked with the AmD engineers to set up the car to his liking.
It was clear Mike felt at home and, after driving a total of 40 laps - a distance that represents more than three BTCC races – and fitting a new set of tyres, he ended the test an impressive fifth on the time sheets and only 0.5 seconds off the fastest time of the day.
"It was great to be back in a touring car again”, said Mike. “When you've been out of the seat for a while you're not sure how long it's going to take to get on the pace, so I was really pleased to set the times I did by the end of the day. I enjoyed working with the AmD team and we were able to find a good set-up that suited me and the circuit.
“It’s back to the Clios now and focus on the job of doing my best for the remaining eight races. Needless to say, I hope to be back in a touring car again soon and help take Matrix Motorsport into the BTCC."
“Mike did exactly the job I expected and very quickly adapted back to a BTCC car. We are always interested in running quick drivers with potential for the future and Mike definitely ticks that box!” said AmD AutoAid/ RCIB Insurance Racing Team Principal Shaun Hollamby.
Matrix Motorsport Team Principal Jeff Alden was also pleased with the outcome of the test: "I was delighted to see Mike on the pace so quickly after being out of a touring car for nine months. There's no secret that we are eyeing an involvement with the BTCC next year, so his performance bodes well. Watch this space..."