UK: David Epton Donington II preview

HUGE DONINGTON PARK GP WEEKEND AWAITS EPTON Honeywell Aerospace-backed Formula Renault UK racer David Epton is delighted to confirm his participation in this weekend's penultimate race meeting of the 2007 season at Donington Park Grand Prix ...

HUGE DONINGTON PARK GP WEEKEND AWAITS EPTON

Honeywell Aerospace-backed Formula Renault UK racer David Epton is delighted to confirm his participation in this weekend's penultimate race meeting of the 2007 season at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, the 26-year-old aiming to secure his best results of the year at an event which is expected to attract an incredible 100,000 spectators.

Although the action on 8th/9th September will mark Formula Renault UK's second visit of the year to the Leicestershire venue, David didn't compete in his Apotex Scorpio Motorsport car during the previous National Circuit meeting in July due to the fact he was actually making his sportscar debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.

Supporting the highly prestigious World Series by Renault category at Donington, rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK Championship will be David's fifth outing of 2007 in the ultra-competitive single-seater series. Although it hasn't been the smoothest of seasons to date, the Preston ace is confident of overdue success at the weekend.

"The World Series weekend is always huge and I'm delighted to be racing with Apotex Scorpio again," said the 2005 Formula Palmer Audi Vice-Champion, "It's been a difficult year for us for a variety of reasons but I'm hopeful if we can have a strong finish to 2007 it will act as a good spring-board for next year.

"Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit is great fun to drive and I'm confident we should be able to have a strong run. Last year it was one of our better weekends with regard to our pace, unfortunately I was taken out of the second race but we climbed from eighth on the grid to sixth in the first race so I'm hopeful we'll have similar performance this time."

Along with his deserved top six finish during the corresponding fixture in 2006, David also posted the fourth fastest race lap to firmly cement his status as one of the quickest drivers in the championship. He will also be hoping for a great team performance from Apotex Scorpio at the squad's local track, the outfit based in nearby Loughborough.

Awarded "THB Clowes Driver of the Day" status during round six at Thruxton, David's original 'home' venue having resided in the Hampshire town of Fleet prior to relocating to Preston where he works as a BAE accountant, the experienced racer has every chance of producing a similarly impressive performance this weekend.

David will step back into the cockpit of his FR 2.0 car today, Wednesday, 5th September, for official pre-event testing at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit. The competitors will take part in three, 50-minute sessions of testing.

Qualifying for rounds 17 and 18 of the season is scheduled to get underway at 13.15 on Saturday, 8th September, with both races timetabled for Sunday, 9th September, and expected to begin at 09.00 and 16.00 respectively.

-credit: davidepton.com

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