Daniel Lloyd added three more points finishes to his tally despite a challenging weekend on track as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship visited Silverstone for the penultimate weekend of the campaign.

The Huddersfield racer headed to the Northamptonshire circuit targeting three front-running finishes at the wheel of his EXCELR8 Motorsport—run Hyundai i30 Fastback N, with the 30-year-old being cheered on trackside by a large number of guest representing major partners Propack, ABRACS and 24/7 Blinds.

Having shown top ten pace in practice, Daniel was optimistic about his chances in qualifying but would be left to start race one back in ninth spot having struggled with traffic around the short National layout.

It was a result made all the more frustrating when his theoretical best time would have been good enough to grab a place on the front row of the grid at the very least.

A solid start to the opening race – Daniel’s 100th in the BTCC – saw him move up into the top eight before being shuffled back behind the Focus of defending champion Ash Sutton on lap two, and he would then spend much of the race dicing for position with team-mate Tom Chilton.

After a mid-race caution, a squabble heading into Brooklands saw Daniel run off line and cost him positions as he crossed the line in twelfth spot.

Starting race two from the same position, Daniel lost a spot through Copse for the first time when he was boxed in in the midfield but then moved back into twelfth on lap two when the BMW of Stephen Jelley suffered a spin ahead.

Once again finding himself mired in a tightly-bunched pack of cars in the midfield, Daniel was running in 13th place until the final lap when the BMWs of Colin Turkington and Jelley managed to nip ahead; the latter in a drag race to the line.

That left Daniel with work to do in the third and final race of the weekend, which was very much a case of what might have been for the Yorkshireman.

Clearing Jelley’s BMW on the opening lap, Daniel showed his pace to battle his way through to eleventh place at the finish, securing the position on the final lap as he managed to nose his car up the inside of Turkington for the run to the line.

“It’s been a tough day at the office, but I think every driver on the grid would say the same around a circuit like Silverstone where the times are so close,” he said. “We had good pace in the car in qualifying but unfortunately I struggled to get a clear lap with traffic, and it meant we were in P9 when we should have been higher up.

“The races were then a case of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it pretty much summed up how all three panned out. It’s so close in the pack that people were tripping over each other, and it seemed to be that every time it happened around me, I was the one to lose out.

“We showed in race three that we had the pace and I said to my engineer that if we had been running up in the top three, that is where we would have finished with the speed we had – but it’s just been one of those weekends.

“I’m happy with the how I’ve driven this weekend and after all the troubles I’ve faced in recent months, I’m just happy to have been here. There are still positives to take away from the weekend despite the fact we haven’t picked up as many points as I was hoping for, and now I can turn my focus to ending the year strongly at Brands Hatch.”

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