Daniel Lloyd has his sights firmly fixed on more top-ten finishes as he prepares to make a second visit of the year to Donington Park this weekend for the eighth meeting of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.

The Huddersfield-based racer kicked off his campaign at the East Midlands venue back in April at the wheel of what was then a brand-new Cupra Leon that had been built up by Team HARD during the winter.

Despite difficult weather conditions for his first weekend in the car, Daniel was able to score points on his debut in the Cupra and has worked hard since then with his engineering team to get the car better suited to his driving style, and to maximise its on-track performance.

After eight points-scoring finishes in the first half of the year, a mid-season test at the same Donington Park GP circuit that plays host to this weekend’s event saw Daniel take huge strides forward with the car – resulting in a notable upturn in fortunes over the last two rounds.

Four top-ten finishes in the last six starts have seen Daniel strengthen his position in the Independents’ Trophy standings as the season moves towards its conclusion, with the 31-year-old picking up a season-high of fifth at Knockhill two weeks ago.

Whilst Daniel is no stranger to Donington Park, this weekend’s event will be something of a step into the unknown for most of the field as the BTCC returns to the full Grand Prix circuit for the first time since 2002 – with all but two of the drivers present having not raced a touring car around the full layout.

Bouyed by his performance last time out at Knockhill, Daniel – who will be cheered on trackside by bumper support from partners 247 BlindsDevelopCensolGreen View ProjectsCalder ITFuture Flooring and Marc Webb Building – has his eyes firmly fixed on the top ten positions, with a first podium result of the campaign being the ultimate goal.

“The test at Donington Park over the summer was really positive for us as it allowed us to really turn a corner with the car, as the results have shown over the last two rounds,” he said.

“Even when we suffered what we now know was a collapsed damper in the final race at Knockhill, we were still able to bring home a top ten and scoring a result like that with a car that was clearly far from its best is almost as pleasing as the fifth place we picked up earlier in the day.

“Going into this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see how much we have been able to move forwards since the test but I’m confident that we can build on the momentum of the races since the summer break and fight towards the top ten across the weekend.

“Without the issue in race three at Knockhill, we’d have been in contention for a podium and it would be nice if we could put that right this weekend, particularly when so many of my partners will be coming along.”
 

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