Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd is eyeing a return to the rostrum as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the iconic Brands Hatch GP circuit for the 2018 season finale this coming weekend (September 29/30).
Despite showing consistently competitive pace in the Honda Civic Type R, incidents outside of the 26-year-old’s control in recent rounds have hampered his on-track results, a fortune that the BTC Norlin racer is keen to reverse as the season comes to a close on the Kent circuit.
“I’m absolutely buzzing for this weekend;” said Lloyd. “Brands Hatch GP is my favourite circuit on the BTCC calendar and I’m hoping for big things!”
“We’ve had some incredible bad luck in the last few rounds, through no fault of our own, and it really does feels like lost opportunities. But that’s how it goes in the BTCC, you have to dust yourself off and get back out there again.”
Although Lloyd remains outside of the running in the championship title charge, the Bicester-based BTC Norlin outfit is hunting a strong finish to its 2nd full BTCC campaign and maiden season running the Honda marque – and both parties are determined to add another podium finish to this year’s successes.
“We know that we have the pace, we just need to stay out of trouble and get a strong qualifying position on Saturday;” added Lloyd. “If we can break into the top ten or twelve, then, for sure we’ll be in a good place to push forward and challenge for a podium or two.
“That’s the plan, and there’s no reason why we can’t achieve that. The BTC Norlin Racing crew have been outstanding this year and I’m incredibly grateful to Bert Taylor for having the faith to put me into the car alongside Chris [Smiley]. It would be the perfect end to the season and payback to the team and my sponsors to collect some more silverware this weekend.”
The 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season finale takes places on the 2.43mile Brands Hatch GP Circuit on September 29/30. Saturday (September 29) hosts two free practice sessions at 09.30 and 12.05 before the all-important 30-minute qualifying session at 15.20.
Sunday’s (September 30) title deciding triple-header of BTCC races are scheduled for 11.35, 14.25 and 17.15 with live full race day coverage broadcast on ITV4, ITV4HD and online at itv.com/hub/itv4 from 10.30 -18.30.
Live timing for all sessions is available at: https://www.tsl-timing.com/
Live streaming of Saturday’s qualifying session is also available via: www.itv.com/btcc/qualifying-