EPTON MAKES WELCOME RETURN TO FORMULA RENAULT UK David Epton, Formula Palmer Audi Vice-Champion, has beenconfirmed as Scorpio Motorsport's second driver in the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship and will make his welcome return to the team at...
EPTON MAKES WELCOME RETURN TO FORMULA RENAULT UK
David Epton, Formula Palmer Audi Vice-Champion, has beenconfirmed as Scorpio Motorsport's second driver in the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship and will make his welcome return to the team at Oulton Park next weekend, 13th/14th May.
The 25-year-old, who currently resides in Preston but originally hails from Fleet in Hampshire, is set to make his official return to action at the Cheshire venue on Friday during the pre-race test session ahead of the third and fourth rounds of the season.
Last year was by far David's most successful since starting his single-seater career in 2002, ending his maiden season of Formula Palmer Audi competition tied on points with eventual champion Joe Tandy.
His Formula Renault UK debut came with Scorpio during the 2002 Winter Championship and after continuing with the team into the main 2003 season, where he achieved a career-best race result of seventh position at Oulton Park, David contested several rounds in 2004 with Motaworld Racing before switching to Formula Palmer Audi in 2005.
"It's fantastic to be returning to Formula Renault UK, and especially with Scorpio", said David ahead of his first outing of 2006. "I think we can be rightly confident we have a good package and we're aiming to continue the progressI made last year in Formula Palmer Audi. Oulton Park is a great circuit and I simply can't wait to be back in the car."
David's return to the country's foremost one-make single-seater series has been made possible thanks to the backing of team sponsor Apotex Pharmaceuticals along with assistance from Bombardier, Honeywell Aerospace, and Universal Aviation.
Bombardier's Trevor Lamberth commented: "We're absolutely delighted to be continuing our partnership with David and we're highly confident it will be a successful year in the Formula Renault UK Championship. David is an impressive young driver and we have a great deal of faith in his abilities. We're looking forward to a very fruitful season."
Honeywell Europe's Guy Lachlan added: "It's with a great deal of pleasure we are joining Bombardier as a principal sponsor this season. After such a successful campaign last year in Formula Palmer Audi, we're confident David will enjoy a very promising return to Formula Renault UK."
Meanwhile, Greg Evans, CEO of Texas-based Universal Aviation, confirmed in Geneva last week he was looking forward to an exciting season's racing after announcing details of the 2006 partnership between David and Universal.
For Scorpio Motorsport, the signing is a welcome boost and will see the team make a two-car assault on Formula Renault UK for the first time this year, David joining 18-year-old Will Bratt at the Loughborough-based outfit.
Speaking on the deal, Scorpio Motorsport team manager Jon Pettitt, said: "It's superb; with David's experience I think we have a really strong package and I'm confident both he and Will are going to push each other along to achieve some very good results throughout the season.
"We firmly believe David's signing will enable the whole team to move forward and rightly become one of the true front-runners in Formula Renault UK, which is what we're all aiming for. Of course, he needs to get back into the feel of a Formula Renault having spent a year racing in Formula Palmer Audi but it won't take long at all.
"We tested David last week and it went well, he was able to get straight in the car and set some very good times. That ability to set fast times as soon as he goes out on track is one of his best qualities as a driver, along with his excellent feedback to the team. I'm really pleased to be working with David again -- it's fantastic."
David's return to competitive action will take place next weekend, 13th/14th May, at Oulton Park Island Circuit with pre-race testing held on Friday, 12th May. The second of the weekend's races, the fourth round of the season, will be broadcast live at 15.00 on Sunday via digital satellite station Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform.