|Daniel Lloyd returns to the driving seat of his Brutal Fish Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR as the 2020 TCR Europe season finally gets underway at Paul Ricard, France this weekend (August 22-23).|
After an enforced four-month delay, the European series is poised for its long-awaited return at the historic Le Castellet circuit for the opening weekend of a revised six-event calendar.
Coming off the back of a superb part-season campaign in 2019 which saw the Yorkshireman claim the Slovakian-based squad’s first-ever TCR Europe podium, two victories, and a further three podium finishes, Lloyd is aiming for more silverware in his first full-season title assault.
“It feels like an age since we were last out racing;” commented the ABRACS-backed racer. “Pre-season testing has gone really well. The team has done a fantastic job, travelling across Europe in really challenging conditions. We seem to be unlocking new potential in the Type R and the car feels good.”
Lloyd is part of a bolstered three-car line-up this year. Reunited with his team-boss and 2019 team-mate Martin Ryba, the duo has been joined by Spaniard Pepe Oriola in the third Brutal Fish Racing TypeR.
A packed 24-car strong grid awaits the 28-year-old in France this weekend, with fierce competition expected to challenge for the coveted European title.
“There’s a strong grid again this year, and I expect the racing to be closer than ever. We’ve all had longer than ever before to prepare for the season ahead.
“We have a year under our belts in the car now, and a really strong line-up with the third car. It’s been great to have Pepe on the team. We’re able to learn from each other, share data, and push the team forward. I feel confident that we will be fast out of the box this weekend. Hopefully, we can pick up some silverware to get our 2020 campaign off to the best start.”
Following Friday’s (August 21) free practice runs, Saturday (August 22) hosts the all-important qualifying session at 09.00-09.35 local time (08.00-08.35 UK time) ahead of the opening 10 lap race at 12.50 local time (11.50 UK time), with Race 2 scheduled for 12.15 local time (11.15 UK time) on Sunday (August 23).