Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd signed off the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season in fine style during an action-packed finale at Brands Hatch over the weekend, adding more silverware to his campaign collection with his fourth podium visit of the year (23-24 October). 

Determined to carry his recent front-running momentum into the last meeting of the season, Lloyd’s efforts were rewarded with a 2nd placed podium, top-four finish and further points score – concluding what had been a rollercoaster start to his campaign on a well-earned high-note. 

Backing up a strong showing in Saturday’s practice sessions with an impressive qualifying lap time of 1:30.368 – the Yorkshireman claimed P5 for the opening race – just 0.13 seconds off pole position behind the bank of front and second-row lockout Hondas. 

Lloyd made light work of Rowbottom’s works-Honda Civic in race 1, moving past the newly-crowned Jack Sears Trophy champion to take P4 at the flag in the Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra. 

A storming opening tour from the 29-year-old in race two saw him charge past both Proctor and double-BTCC champion Shedden to steal into P2. A true challenge on the race lead looked to be on the cards as Lloyd closed in on Cook before a safety car interruption sadly scuppered his plans, and the #123 crossed the line in P2 – with the Huddersfield-based racer picking up his fourth podium of the season. 

Laden down with 66kg of ballast on-board for the season finale, Lloyd faced an uphill battle from P8 on the grid – thanks to the reverse grid draw. A heroic effort of damage limitation on the iconic GP loop was rewarded with his third points finish of the weekend, taking P13 at the final flag. 

Daniel Lloyd #123: 

“A great weekend to finish off the season on a high. We did a great job in qualifying – finishing just 13 hundredths off pole position and managed to carry that momentum into the first race. I had a strong start off the line, keeping the two rear-wheel-drive cars behind me and then made a move on Rowbottom which put us up to 4th. 

“We made a couple of changes to the car before race two and thankfully they paid off! I’m still learning how the car reacts to having weight on-board so with 49kg on I thought it might be a case of damage limitation. I got off to a mega start and first lap and it even looked like we were going to be challenging Josh [Cook] for the lead before the safety car kind of ruined our chance. To come home in second with that amount of weight in the car was amazing, though. 

“I had a really scruffy opening lap in race three with some contact which caused a bit of damage to the car. We were struggling with understeer with the 66kg as well so I got eaten alive in the last race. But overall it was a great weekend and a mega way to finish off the year. 

“Huge thanks to all the sponsors and club members and also to Adam Weaver and the Power Maxed Racing crew for a job well done this year. 

“At the moment it’s looking very positive that I’ll be back in the BTCC next year, it’s just a matter of working out the details with whichever team I’ll be racing with and sitting down with my sponsors to get their support to go again.”

The highlights and successes from the last three race meetings have helped to propel Lloyd up the championship standings, and despite a challenging start to the year, he ends the 2021 season 7th in the Independent Driver final standings, with the Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing team placed 5th in the Independent Teams Championship. 

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