Epps takes third RCIB Insurance seat

Michael Epps will be getting behind the wheel of Team HARD’s third Toyota Avensis for the 2016 British Touring Car Championship. Epps completes RCIB Insuance Racing’s driver line-up, alongside Chris Smiley and Jake Hill.

Team HARD announced earlier this week that they had secured a third license for the season, and turned to young drivers to fill that season. Epps, who spent 2015 competing in the VW Racing Cup, brings the average driver age of the RCIB Insurance Racing team to only 23.

“I could only dream of a BTCC seat at one stage and now it’s really happening – I’m struggling to take it in,” Epps said.

“There was a prospect of driving in the BTCC from the very beginning of my relationship with Team HARD and RCIB, but over the winter we have come closer and closer to actually being able to make a deal work.

“The opportunity presented itself and we had to grab it and work it into this. Now here we are and I can’t wait to go blasting up to Paddock Hill on the first weekend at Brands!”

The 24-year-old is aiming to bring home points from the first race.

Team HARD is committed to bringing young talent into the support, and Epps’ appointment represents this.

“We have chosen to support young up-and-coming drivers once again,” said Team Principal Tony Gilham. “We’re rewriting the rule book and focusing on skill rather than just looking for drivers with big budgets.

“Mike is another very exciting prospect and I can’t wait to see what he can do in the Avensis. Having witnessed his pace last year, we are confident he will enjoy a very promising debut season. This is just the start of a long term plan for the team as we now look to establish a solid platform on which to build moving forwards”

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