HEMEL racing driver Michael Epps recorded his best result of the season so far as he bagged a top-ten finish at the Formula Renault BARC Championship meet at Croft on Sunday.
Engine problems halted Epps’ first qualifying session very early on, but the Adeyfield man picked his way through from 19th place on the grid to come home in tenth place.
The JWA-Avila Renault driver said: “I’m pretty happy that I could get that far up, especially as it was from 19th place!
“Now all we need to do is start 10th or better and we are laughing.”
Epps was in upbeat mood going into the second race later in the afternoon, despite starting in last place as a result of missing the second qualifying session with a blown engine.
He got a lightning-quick start, passing five cars in the first lap, each at a different corner.
Coming into the second lap however, Epps yet again became a victim of another car’s incident – as has been the case on a number of occasions in this year’s championship.
Following a few of his rivals into the first corner, one car ahead went for a late overtake and spun, taking Epps off the track with him.
“Everyone seemed to bunch up and slow down, it was like the first lap again,” he said.
“The guy ahead of me braked quite a lot later than those ahead and ended up hitting one of them and flying off track.
“I was on the outside of him and had nowhere to go really except into the gravel, which is where my race ended pretty quickly.
“I wish I had stayed right instead of going left, but what can you do.”
Despite his latest disappojntment, Epps is hoping that his luck will change at the next round of the series later this month
“I’ve had so much rubbish luck this year, not one weekend has gone right yet,” said Epps.
“The next meet is at Donington, and last time I was there I had a double win in Formula Vee last year, so I’ll naturally have more confidence again heading back there.
“We just need to get qualifying right – I was on for a good position this time but then the car let me down. I guess that’s just how things can go.”
Epps will be in action at Donnington on August 18 and 19.