Daniel Lloyd secured his fourth top-ten finish of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season following one of his most competitive weekends of the campaign at Croft.

The Huddersfield racer made the short trip up to the North Yorkshire circuit hopeful that work carried out on his Team HARD Cupra Leon during the mid-season tyre test at Donington Park would translate into forward progress when the second half of the year got underway.

A positive start to the weekend saw Daniel lap inside the top ten in both free practice sessions and although he then found himself struggling for front-end grip in qualifying, he was able to secure eleventh on the grid for the opening race.

With guests from 247 BlindsHeatworksCensolCalder ITGreen View Projects and Marc Webb Building Ltd all cheering him on, Daniel made a solid start to the opening race to climb into the top ten on the medium tyre, but contact at Sunny resulted in a trip off track that dropped him back to 15th place.

Despite that, Daniel showed the pace in the Cupra to fight his way back to twelfth place at the finish, leaving him well-placed going into race two on the more favourable soft rubber.

Making up a place at the start, Daniel moved ahead of Sam Osborne into the top ten on lap five and chased down the pack of cars ahead fighting for fifth – setting laps quicker than everyone on track bar leader Ash Sutton before eventually crossing the line in ninth place.

Although left to run the hard tyre in race three, Daniel remained confident of pushing for another top ten finish but oil dropped on the circuit during the laps to the grid would catch him out going through turn one at the start.

Spinning off track, Daniel would make contact with the barriers and was forced to retire, bringing a positive weekend to a tough conclusion.

Next up is the trip to Knockhill in Scotland in two weeks time.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but overall it’s been a really positive weekend,” he said. “We were able to take the things that we learned at Donington Park during the test and build on them when we got here, which was reflected in the pace we showed in the car.

“From free practice, we were right in the mix inside the top ten and even though we just missed out in qualifying, we knew we had good race pace to fight for some strong results.

“The opening race was unfortunate and was largely a case of wrong place, wrong time, but we still came away from it with a decent result and our race pace on the soft tyre in race two was really strong, and allowed us to get up into the top ten.

“Unfortunately I got caught out on the oil dropped by Ricky Collard’s Toyota in race three which is a shame as I think we’d have been on for another top ten, even running the hard tyre. However, that’s just a race to put behind us and focus on the progression we have made with the car, which leaves me full of confidence for the races to come.”

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