Michael Epps has confirmed he will return for a second season in the Miltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup next year with Team HARD, continuing their successful partnership from 2015.
A superb maiden tin-tops campaign saw former single-seater racer Epps take more race wins than anyone else, with five victories in the final eight races of the season including double successes at Spa-Francorchamps and Donington Park.
The 23 year old was considering a number of options for his 2016 season, but has elected to remain with BTCC outfit Team HARD and once again campaign one of their Volkswagen Golf Mk 5’s.
“I’ve taken a little time to decide what direction I should head for 2016, there are so many options that look shiny as ever on the outside but later turn out to be less than desirable,” said Epps.
“I’m delighted to have come to this agreement nice and early on, the weight is essentially off my shoulders for this part and I can focus on making sure we have the best chances of hitting the ground running faster than everyone else.
“It feels right to stay somewhere I know for next year and really show what I’m made of. We have found enough budget to kick things off and we will be working with potential partners to make sure everything is in place as the season unfolds.”
Team owner Tony Gilham added: “Epps has shown his outstanding potential with his performances during this season and is a joy to work with both on and off track. No doubt he will be pushing as HARD as ever to prove his ability as a top level racing driver.
“Epps is a perfect fit to the team and he will be looking to challenge for the overall championship honours. We have seen how quick he can be and combined with his ability to be ultra-consistent we have the makings of a champion. He has the commitment and determination, which is a massive part of his success.”