UK: David Epton Snetterton preview

FORMULA RENAULT RETURN FOR EPTON AT SNETTERTON Preston racer David Epton will return to track action at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk this weekend, 28th/29th July, but rather than driving the Porsche Carrera Cup GB car he debuted at Donington...

FORMULA RENAULT RETURN FOR EPTON AT SNETTERTON

Preston racer David Epton will return to track action at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk this weekend, 28th/29th July, but rather than driving the Porsche Carrera Cup GB car he debuted at Donington Park just under a fortnight ago, he will return to the ranks of Formula Renault UK with the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport squad.

The 26-year-old, originally from Fleet in Hampshire, will make his third Formula Renault outing of the year after receiving an invitation from front-running Apotex Scorpio Motorsport to compete once again in the team's second car as the Loughborough outfit bids to maintain its top three position in the Formula Renault UK entrant standings.

Although only having two previous race outings at Snetterton under his belt, the BAE Systems accountant is confident of scoring well at a circuit which will see the cars approaching their top speed of 150mph along the Revett Straight.

Speaking ahead of the weekend's action, David commented: "It'll be good to be back with the guys at Apotex Scorpio this weekend and we're looking to achieve a couple of top six results at least to ensure we gain some big points for the entrant's championship.

"The team has had a terrific year so far and if I can help to make sure they remain in the top three I'll be happy. I've done a fair bit of testing at Snetterton in single-seaters over the years but not too much racing. I raced there in Formula Renault in 2003 and 2006 and that's it but I'm sure we'll be able to hit the ground running in testing on Friday."

Although driving in Formula Renault this weekend, it certainly doesn't mean the end of David's Porsche Carrera Cup GB ambitions and he will make a return to the prestigious category at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent on 18th/19th August for the 15th and 16th rounds of the championship.

"We are planning to be back with Team Parker Racing in the Porsche at Brands Hatch next month and have a solid end to the year ahead of a full campaign in the series in 2008", he added, "We then want to get as much winter testing under our belt as possible in the Porsche to enable us to make a genuine championship challenge next year."

Pre-event testing ahead of rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula Renault UK Championship will take tomorrow,Friday, 27th July, at Snetterton with qualifying scheduled for Saturday, 28th July, at 10.35 and 14.40.

On raceday, Sunday, 29th July, round 13 is timetabled to begin at 11.05 with round 14 expected to follow at approximately 16.10. Both 18-lap encounters will be screened live on digital satellite and cable subscription channel Setanta Sports 1.

-credit: davidepton.com

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