Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd and the MG Racing RCIB Insurance squad head to North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit tomorrow, Tuesday 25th April, with a comprehensive test programme designed to turn the squad’s opening round difficulties around.
With limited pre-season testing behind them, Lloyd and team-mate Aron Smith have started the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season on the back-foot; having to effectively treat the two opening rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington Park as test sessions for the new compound Dunlop tyre.
After securing the first point of his 2017 campaign at Brands Hatch during the season opener, Lloyd suffered yet another unfortunate series of events at Donington Park over the Easter weekend – resulting in two DNF’s for the #23 MG Motor MG6.
In spite of the poor results, the 25-year-old once again showed his class in the BTCC field, taking fastest lap in the final race of the day as he worked his way up to 6th place from 21st in very tricky wet conditions.
“Brands Hatch and Donington haven’t been the dream start that we were hoping for, but we always knew that it was going to be tough;” said Lloyd. “The BTCC is so competitive and most of the other teams carried out a lot of pre-season testing so already had the jump on us in regards to the new tyre.”
“We’re going to Croft with a clear idea of what we’re looking to achieve;” continued Lloyd. “We know that we’ve been struggling on pace and we need to get to grips with the bigger tyre and find a set-up that works with the softer compound, so we have a few new things to try out.”
“The Triple Eight squad are a great bunch of lads with a lot of experience behind them and I feel sure that we’ll come away from Croft with a clear plan of where we need to be, and come back out fighting at Thruxton next weekend.”
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns on May 6/7, when the 32-strong car line-up arrives at the fastest circuit on the calendar, Thruxton in Hampshire for rounds 7, 8 and 9.