A substantial accident, following contact from another driver, ended Daniel Lloyd’s championship challenge during rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton this weekend (May 6/7).
The Huddersfield racer’s MG Motor MG6 was all but destroyed after an opening lap crash at the circuit’s high-speed Church corner during Sunday’s (May 7) second race, with the 25-year-old thankfully walking away unscathed.
Already a difficult weekend for Lloyd and the MG Racing RCIB Insurance squad – after struggling with pace and set-up issues during qualifying and the weekend’s opening race – the accident ended any hopes of adding to his points scoring tally.
“Another tough weekend both in terms of pace and results;” commented Lloyd. “We always knew it was going to be a challenge coming here having not taken part in the test beforehand but qualifying was a real low. We’re so far out of the window at the minute so were trying big things with the car, and in spite of the results we are making big steps forward.”
Starting from P29 in race 1, Lloyd had already worked his way up into 22nd place after 4 laps. After jostling for position during the remaining laps, the Yorkshire patron eventually crossed the line in a credible P21.
A solid start to race 2 saw Lloyd challenging for places as the grid entered its first tour of the circuit. As the pack headed into Church corner, the 25-year-old was unfortunately pitched into a spin before hitting the barriers at over 110mph, launching the #23 MG6 into the air. The huge accident, which was broadcast live on ITV4, caused the race to be red flagged for over an hour whilst the barriers were repaired.
“We struggled in race 1, but managed to kept it clean and get through to 21st, but we learnt something about the car and made some big changes for race 2;” explained Lloyd. “The car felt good on the out lap and I got a great start off the line. I was just unlucky to get clipped as we came into Church which sent me off into the barriers. It was a big impact, both for me and the car. Obviously I’m gutted, but thankful to have walked away ok.”
An epic rebuild job by the MG Motor RCIB Insurance Racing team racing against the clock saw Lloyd back in the repaired MG6 as the final race of the day commenced. Starting from the pits, Lloyd took to the track only briefly before being hit by an unsighted driver, with the resulting damage sadly ending the race for both drivers.
“The team put everything into getting the car rebuilt for race 3;” continued the Yorkshireman. “When I left the pits it wasn’t a good time as the pack was coming back around. I got as far over as I could to stay out of the way; unfortunately Luke [Davenport] came around unsighted and the contact couldn’t have been avoided.
“I want to say a big thanks to the Thruxton medical team for their help and looking after me so well. It’s a shame about race 3 as it would have been a fantastic reward for the teams’ hard work and efforts but we’re already looking ahead to hopefully putting things right at Oulton Park.”
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now has a short two week turnaround before heading to Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit for rounds 10, 11 and 12 on May 20/21.