Epps secures valuable points with Thruxton treble

Michael Epps has continued his promising start to the season. Picture (c) Jakob Ebrey

Michael Epps has continued his promising start to the season. Picture (c) Jakob Ebrey

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Michael Epps produced a hugely promising weekend at Thruxton with a hat-trick of crucial points finishes in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, including a breakthrough top-ten result in the final race.

With confidence high after notching a breakthrough first points finish last time out at Donington Park, Epps produced a trio of battling drives in his RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis on his way to 11th, 14th and 10th placed finishes in Hampshire.

The weekend’s results mean Epps maintains his top-20 standing in the overall drivers’ championship and top-ten position in the Independents Trophy ahead of the visit to Oulton Park in Cheshire for Rounds 10, 11 and 12 next month (June 4/5).

Epps said: “It was a case of being patient and powering through this weekend. We had some issues yesterday with the power steering again, but we managed to fully rectify the situation this time it seems and that allowed us to have a positive race day.

“Qualifying wasn’t the strongest showing, but we didn’t get the perfect lap and we know our race pace would be stronger than where we started.

“A lot of people were too impatient in the races, falling off, getting punctures and we were there to pick up the scraps.

“A first top-ten and three points finishes are a couple more milestones reached for us, and to be consistently in the top-15 across all three races shows that the car is there and I can race with those drivers.

“I really like Oulton Park, the rhythm of the circuit seems to work with me and I can imagine it’s a meeting we can do quite well at.

“We’ve got some work to do on the car, we’re going back and forth with set-ups at the moment, but we hope we can continue with the top tens at Oulton.”