After a set back, Mike Epps take a double podium at Donington Park

by Denis Hardy

Donington Park saw a drama filled weekend for the 2019 Miller Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

Team HARD’s Mike Epps was the first casuality after stalling the car as the lights went out, he had to be pushed from the grid by the Marshalls, taking no further part in race one, a disappointing start for the Hemel Hempstead Man.

It was later revealed to be a driveshaft issue, something a few drivers had issues with over the weekend.

Starting from the back of the Pro Class grid for race two, Epps was soon scything through the field, he crossed the line in second place just 0.964 seconds behind Rob Boston Racing’s Will Burns.

The final race of the weekend saw Epps fly off the line catching the second placed man just as the race was red flagged for a huge accident exiting the chicane. After a delay of some 40 minutes, the race was restarted but shortened to eight laps.

Starting from the second row again, Epps struggled to get his tyre on to temperature and soon had Elite Motorsport’s Harry King breathing down his neck. Managing to hold King off, Epps then started to stretch away, crossing the line third, unable to catch the leaders.

“It was painful, that failure in the first race!”, commented Epps. “Without that I think we could’ve easily bagged a triple podium and perhaps even a race win this weekend. It’s hurt our points a little bit, but we are still there in the fight for sure.

“Most importantly, we’ve made gradual improvements since Brands and learned things this weekend for both wet and dry setup with the car, which we will take to Croft.

“Sadly the hardest challenge for us will actually be finding the budget to get to that next round. Luckily it’s several weeks away and we have potential to make that happen I hope.”

“Again I can’t thank Tony Gilham and Team-HARD. Racing enough for the helping me in putting this together and keeping me out on track when just a couple of months ago we didn’t think I’d be racing this year.

“Together with our partners Simply Race, Anytime Fitness UK, Whitemoss Pharmacy, Marchand Watch Company, The Clever Baggers, Bike Devil Insurance, Viezu, West Herts Customs and GKR Scaffolding I hope we can either find further support so we can keep on competing at the front of this brilliant championship together.”

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