Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd celebrated a welcome return to the rostrum with a superb double podium at the Home of British Motorsport during a frenetic weekend Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship action at Silverstone.

The stars aligned for the 29-year-old Yorkshireman during the eighth meeting of the season with a strong performance throughout all sessions justly rewarded with his best BTCC results to date – claiming P3, P11 and P2 respectively in each of Sunday’s races.

Showing promising and consistent pace across both of Saturday’s practice sessions, Lloyd was able to translate that into a strong showing in qualifying. After targeting a place in the top-ten showdown with an impressive P7 spot in the opening session, he set an even faster lap time in the five-minute shootout to lockdown a P5 start for Sunday’s first race.

A lightning start off the line by Lloyd fired the #123 Vauxhall Astra past Cook and Moffat on the opening lap and he immediately set his sights on the race leaders. Closing the gap to Ingram, he kept the pressure on the Hyundai for the entire 22 laps, bringing the Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing machine across the line to claim his first podium of the season.

Race two regrettably saw Lloyd drop back down the order as he struggled with engine issues during the safety-car interrupted contest, and he was forced to nurse the Astra in the mid-pack, managing, however, to collect yet more points with a P11 finish.

Fortunes changed as the day came to close with Lloyd being pitched into pole position for the start of race three, thanks to the reverse grid draw. A sterling drive followed as he held off BTCC title contender Hill for an incredible 11 tours of the circuit. After finally succumbing to the Ford, Lloyd managed to maintain full pressure on the Kent-racer to the chequered flag and came close to reclaiming to lead in the closing laps before signing off his most successful BTCC weekend to date with a P2 finish at the final flag.

Daniel Lloyd #123:
“We made some tweaks and small set-up changes before the weekend which definitely helped. But I think that the track really suited us. Saturday morning went well but that’s happened to us before and then others have found loads of time. After FP2 I was in P5 and feeling positive, but trying not to get too carried away.

“We managed to get a really good lap time in the opening qualifying session in P7, to claim a spot in the showdown. I really like the shootout format. It’s something that I’m used to having come from the TCR Europe championship. I’m comfortable with the added pressure of just going out there and only have one run to set a fast lap time and we managed to move up to P5 for the first race.

“It was the best opportunity I’d had all season. I had in my head that I wanted to get stuck in and that’s what I did. I managed to get up to third on the first lap. We were struggling with the car a bit in the second half of the race, but I managed to hold third.

“We got bogged down on the start line in race two which made things tricky. It wasn’t ideal, but we were looking ok until the engine temperature started rising and then we just kept dropping back. When you’re in the middle of the pack in the dirty air it’s hard to keep the temperature down and we seem to be suffering from that, unfortunately.”

“I hit a bit of luck with the reverse grid pitting me on pole for the last race. It was lucky, but we’ve had our fair share of bad luck this season so I was happy to take it! I felt confident going into the race. I had a bit of a flashback to Croft where I won from the reverse grid and I just wanted to look forward. I couldn’t shake off Jake Hill, but I managed to hold off the main championship contender for 11 laps. I didn’t fight too much when he made his move for the lead as I didn’t want to risk the chance of another podium. But I stayed with him and even had another little sniff at the lead when he made a mistake on lap 18. He definitely had the pace, but we kept the pressure on. Considering how we’ve struggled this season we matched one of the title contenders out on track and showed our capabilities.

“It was nice to be able to race up front again. It’s a different kind of racing, far more respectful and enjoyable.

“We had some guests from 247Blinds there this weekend, so it was mega to be able to celebrate with them. I have to say a big thanks to the team it’s been a tough few months but the guys have kept working really hard to keep us all going. It’s brilliant to be able to repay some of that graft with some nice shiny silverware! I’m hoping that we can carry this momentum forward to Donington Park in a couple of weeks.”

Lloyd and Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Team now have a short two-week break before heading to Donington Park for the penultimate meeting of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season on 9-10 October.

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