Epps re­mains with Team Hard as it ex­pands BTCC at­tack

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Jack Sears Tro­phy run­ner up Michael Epps will re­turn to the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship next sea­son and will han­dle a Team Hard VW CC.

The 24-year-old has inked a deal with the Kent firm, which will ex­pand to run four cars in the cat­e­gory next year af­ter field­ing three in 2016.

The team has al­ready signed Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup grad­u­ate Will Burns for 2017.

Epps said: “I was a lit­tle wor­ried about be­ing a one sea­son won­der in the BTCC, es­pe­cially be­ing such a tough sea­son with a few dis­ad­van­tages and set­backs, but I’m glad I was able to make an im­pres­sion and cre­ate a 2017 cam­paign out of it.

“As any­one would ex­pect with a small bud­get and a team that aren’t as ex­pe­ri­enced in my rookie sea­son, there have been lots of chal­lenges and I’m sure there are plenty more ahead. The in­gre­di­ents are there though; with new cars and more peo­ple on-board I think we have ev­ery rea­son to be prop­erly in the mix this time. We def­i­nitely out­did our equip­ment this year.”

Team boss Tony Gil­ham added: “Mike had a great sea­son and we be­lieve that next year will be very in­ter­est­ing to see how far up the grid he can get.”

Gil­ham said he has signed a third driver, but was in talks over his newly ac­quired fourth li­cence.

“The ad­di­tion of the fourth car comes with a new base, which will be state of the art.

“We are in talks with driv­ers for the last re­main­ing seat who are look­ing to se­cure a BTCC drive in time for test­ing. These are ex­cit­ing times for Team Hard.”

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