Daniel Lloyd signed off his debut TCR China championship season in winning style over the weekend claiming a stunning 4th victory of the year on the Zhuzhou International Circuit (October 26/27).
Heading into the final two rounds of the season with a 20-point deficit to the championship leader, Lloyd delivered a flawless performance on the newly-opened circuit, taking P2 in the opening race of the weekend before clinching top honours in the season finale.
Battling against all the odds to stay in the fight for the drivers’ championship, the Yorkshireman showed true-class in the concluding races, coming agonisingly close, but ultimately just missing out on the title by two championship points.
Although disappointed to have missed out on the drivers’ title, the reigning TCR UK Champion’s results helped to secure the Manufacturers Championship for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team squad.
“It was a really good weekend to end the season on;” commented Lloyd. “We knew coming into the weekend that the championship was just that bit out of reach, but we gave it our all, and we came so very close.
“It was a real shame to miss out on the title. Unfortunately, with only 10 rounds in the series, the two non-finishes we picked up earlier in the season killed our chances. Without those two incidents, we would have won the championship by a country mile. It’s frustrating as there was nothing I could have done differently to change them, but that’s motorsport.”
Lloyd added; “The car was strong all weekend, as it has been all season. The JAS Motorsport guys have given us the tools to do a great job this season, and it’s been a brilliant experience racing with the Dongfeng Honda crew.
“They are a great bunch and have worked really hard all year. I’m delighted to have been able to help them claim the Manufacturers title. They really deserve all of the glory.
“It’s been a strong end to a great season for me. I’m excited to see what 2020 brings.”
The weekend’s results were a fitting end to Lloyd’s superb maiden season competing in the TCR China series with the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team. Ending the year as Vice-Champion and with another title under his belt, the 27-year-old is already discussing further TCR opportunities for the 2020 season.
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