UK 2.0: David Epton Snetterton preview

Scorpio Motorsport's David Epton heads to Snetterton Circuit in Norfolka week from now, 12th/13th August, confident of another brace of excellent race results following a highly successful Formula Renault UK outing at Donington Park last ...

Scorpio Motorsport's David Epton heads to Snetterton Circuit in Norfolka week from now, 12th/13th August, confident of another brace of excellent race results following a highly successful Formula Renault UK outing at Donington Park last Sunday.

After finishing in the top eight during Round 11 at the Leicestershire venue, David produced perhaps his best drive of the season so far to climb from 12th on the grid to a superb top six finish at the chequered flag during Round 12.

In a championship campaign which is going from strength to strength, the Bombardier Learjet, Universal Weather & Aviation Inc and Jet Air International Lebanon & Germany sponsored star is improving every time he goes out in the car and as Rounds 13 and 14 of the season approach, the promise of a podium result is ever more realistic.

"I think Snetterton will be quite good and I'm looking forward to it", commented the Preston-based 25-year-old. "We had a good car at the recent Snetterton test and we tried a lot of variations during the pre-race test at Donington last week so we're confident we'll have a good set-up for next weekend's races.

"We're certainly looking for top six places in both rounds. We've been quick in second qualifying at each meeting so far this year and particularly good in the races. Now we need to ensure we can start qualifying well on new tyres to start the first race of a weekend higher up the grid."

Thanks to the combined efforts of David and Scorpio team-mate Will Bratt, the Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed squad is currently a clear fourth overall in the entrant championship standings.

David, who originally hails from Fleet in Hampshire, is himself on the cusp of breaking into the coveted top 10 in the driver table and another performance of the like enjoyed at Donington Park last Sunday would be most welcome.

He added: "Our pace in the second race at Donington was good. We were fourth fastest on the lap times so that certainly bodes well for Snetterton. If we can qualify in the top six for both races we stand a great chance of another successful weekend.

"The key to Snetterton is the first two corners which are critical to a quick lap as you need to build up good speed to carry out onto the Revett Straight. Then it's important you're good on the brakes into the Esses. It's a good circuit but one where you can't afford to make too many mistakes."

Pre-event testing will be held on Friday, 11th August, while qualifying for Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula Renault UK season will take place on Saturday, 12th August. The first session is scheduled to start at 09.00 with session two expected to commence at 14.40.

Both races will take place on Sunday, 13th August, with Round 13 timetabled to get underway at 11.40 and Round 14 set to begin at 15.35. Motors TV, available at channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and via cable operator NTL on channel 173, will broadcast both Snetterton races live.

-www.davidepton.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Will Bratt