Michael Epps gets Team Hard Volkswagen seat for 2017 BTCC

Michael Epps will contest the 2017 British Touring Car Championship in a Team Hard-run Volkswagen CC after signing a deal to remain with the Kent-based squad for a second successive season

Michael Epps gets Team Hard Volkswagen seat for 2017 BTCC

Epps scored seven outright points finishes in his maiden BTCC campaign, ending the year as runner-up to Ashley Sutton in the Jack Sears Trophy for rookies.

He will move from a Toyota Avensis to driving one of the team's newly-acquired VW CCs.

"The deal is the right one for us," said Epps. "The team are passionate, they're loud, and they want success.

"I have a great relationship with them and I think we've got what it takes.

"This will be the first time I've done a second season in any championship too."

Despite being a race-winning car in each of the last three seasons, Team Hard boss Tony Gilham has already confirmed that his fleet of VWs will be upgraded to run RML specification parts and the new-for-2017 TOCA engine.

"Tony has essentially opened the door for me to race in a championship I once never really considered as a possibility," continued Epps.

"Now we are set for year number two and I think we have a good chance to make a real impact.

"The ingredients are there with the new cars and more people on board, I think we should be properly in the mix this time."

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