UK 2.0: David Epton Knockhill preview

Formula Renault UK front-runner David Epton faces a completely new challenge next weekend, 17th/18th June, when he makes his first ever visit to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland for the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2006 championship. The ...

Formula Renault UK front-runner David Epton faces a completely new challenge next weekend, 17th/18th June, when he makes his first ever visit to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland for the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2006 championship.

The 25-year-old Apotex Scorpio Motorsport sensation, who achieved a career-best qualifying performance and race result of fourth position during round six of the season at Thruxton last Sunday, goes from a circuit he knows well to a venue he has never had the opportunity to test or compete at before.

Even though he missed pre-season testing and the first two races of the season, the Bombardier Learjet, Universal Aviation and Jet Air-backed star has quickly asserted himself at the sharp-end of the action and is now aiming to consolidate his rightful place among the series front-runners when battle resumes north of the border in a week's time.

The Preston-based Formula Palmer Audi Vice-Champion has high hopes for his maiden outing at the tricky Fife circuit and strongly believes he has a great chance of securing a brace of top six results during the 'Renault Race Day' at Knockhill.

"I hope we can be in the top six in both races and I think that's a realistic aim to have", said David, "The car is good anywhere now, whether we're at low speed, medium speed or high speed circuits, so I'm confident Knockhill should be a successful weekend.

"I've never been to the track before so it's going to be a fresh challenge. I'll need to spend the first bit of the test learning the circuit but after that I think we'll be quick. I'd like to be in the top six, ideally, but I think I'll be happy with the top 10 to begin with.

"This championship is very close so you always need to get qualifying right, the smallest of errors and you can find yourself quickly losing a lot of places. I'm confident we will go well though and I'm certainly looking forward to it."

David, formerly of Fleet in Hampshire, is currently 14th overall in the driver standings, just six points shy of the championship top 10, having contested only four of the half dozen races which have taken place already this season.

He added: "It'll be an interesting weekend but if the car is in the right ballpark, we'll have a very good chance of doing well. Will (Bratt; Scorpio team-mate) went well at Brands Hatch, won at Oulton Park and then I enjoyed a good result at Thruxton. It all shows the team is working well and we're confident of more success at Knockhill."

Official pre-event testing takes place on Friday, 16th June, with qualifying to be held on Saturday, 17th June. The round seven session is scheduled to start at 11.55 with round eight qualifying expected to begin at 15.30.

Both races, meanwhile, are on Sunday, 18th June, with round seven set to get underway at 12.30 and the eighth round of the season timetabled for 15.20.

-www.jakobebrey.com/renault

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