Daniel Lloyd emerged unscathed from a chaotic weekend of racing in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, scoring three strong top-ten finishes and picking up his best result of the season to date.

Huddersfield racer Daniel made the trip to the Scottish circuit buoyed by a strong weekend at Croft two weeks earlier, where he had taken his Team HARD-run Cupra Leon to a fourth podium finish of the year.

The weekend started in positive fashion as Daniel lapped inside the top ten in the opening practice session, and was only a tenth of a second off replicating that result in FP2 as the field was forced to deal with tricky, wet conditions.

Qualifying would finally provide the chance for some dry running and Daniel took full advantage of the pace in his car to make it through to the top ten showdown element of the session, before scoring tenth place on the grid for the opening race.

That race would start in dry conditions, with Daniel dropping a place to eleventh off the start before settling into a rhythm with his focus on working his way back up the order as the race wore on. However, just six laps in, the arrival of heavy rain would cause chaos throughout the field as teams and drivers decided whether to pit for wet tyres or brave it out on slicks.

Daniel would initially stay out on track and climb into fourth spot, but having been knocked off track at turn three by a lapped car, elected to come in to change tyres – dropping him down to 18th place and off the lead lap after being held at pit exit.

Despite also being stuck behind the safety car, he fought his way back through to take tenth place at the finish as the highest-placed driver to have dropped a lap during the pit stop cycles.

The second race of the weekend would run in dry conditions, with Daniel producing a fine display on track to fight his way forward to seventh place. Late moves on Ronan Pearson and Ricky Collard would then allow him to cross the line in fifth place for his best result of the season.

The rain returned before race three kicked off, with the action eventually getting underway behind the safety car, and from third on the grid, Daniel wasted little time in getting ahead of Collard’s Toyota into second spot.

Unfortunately, Daniel would slip down the order as the race wore on and he started to lose performance from his front tyres, but eighth place at the finish still capped his best weekend by far in 2023 and allowed him to move to within six points of second place in the Independents Trophy standings.

“It’s been a really good weekend and I’m delighted to come away from the weekend with the results on the board that we’ve scored,” he said. “Not only have I scored my best result of the season, we’ve also shown our strongest pace in both the wet and the dry, and we’ve been right up there in the top ten throughout.

“Having qualified in the top ten, I was confident of racing forwards but the opening race was just crazy! We were unlucky to get held in the pits when we made our stop and then be held behind the safety car, but it was hard to be disappointed with the result – considering we dropped from P4 to P18 and then came back to score a top ten finish.

“Race two was particularly pleasing considering that was the race where the conditions were pretty much the same throughout and it was more a level playing field, and each of the five places we gained was down to an overtake. It showed we’ve unlocked more pace from the car and then we built on that early on in race three. Unfortunately, I started to suffer with understeer as the race on, but to get a third top ten finish of the weekend was great and a big step forwards.

“As well as being a good weekend in terms of the results, this has also been a great one for my sponsors as we benefitted from some really good coverage in the races and also got interviewed live on the grid by ITV before the final race, which was fantastic exposure for my partners.

“Despite the weather, it was also great that clients from Heatworks who had come along to support me had such an enjoyable weekend, as did the winner of my recent 24/7 Blinds competition, who got the chance to tour the garage.

“Unlike a lot of other people, we’ve come away from Knockhill with a car that is in one piece and now we can look ahead to Donington Park next time out feeling confident about more strong results.”

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