|Daniel Lloyd has extended his lead at the top of the TCR Europe standings after claiming his second podium finish of the season in Belgium during rounds 3 & 4 of the 2020 championship campaign (September 12-13).|
Heading into the weekend with the maximum level of 60kg of success ballast on-board his Brutal Fish Racing Honda Civic Type R, the Yorkshireman was prepared for a tough battle for points on the legendary Zolder circuit. After making solid progress in the opening race however to take P5 at the final flag, a reverse grid draw pole for the final contest of the day offered up the opportunity of a shot at the podium.
Qualifying in P10 during Saturday’s session, a strong performance from Lloyd saw him make his way up into 5th, collecting a good haul of points for his championship challenge and reclaiming the series lead.
Starting from pole for race 2, Lloyd did well to hold onto second place with maximum weight on the #123 Civic. Losing the lead to the Michelle Halder’s lighter Honda at turn 1, Lloyd defended hard to hold-off challenges from Andreas Bäckman and Julien Briché as the trio charged into the second corner. A relatively untroubled race followed, rewarding Lloyd with his second podium finish of the season.
“I’m really happy with how the weekend panned out. It was all about banking the points for the championship. I expected a tough time with the maximum 60kg of weight, so to come away with a podium and having extended my championship lead is a fantastic result;” commented Lloyd.
“So far this season everything is going great, and we should be able to carry that form through into Monza. I did a 12-hour endurance race there at the start of the year, so we should hit the ground running.”
“We’re still looking for support for this season;” he added. “It’s an extremely tough situation for us all given the current climate, but if there are any companies out there that would like to be part of the journey and to help us to achieve our dream of becoming TCR Europe Champions this year, then please get in touch.”
The weekend’s results have stretched Lloyd’s lead at the top the of championship standings to nine points ahead of the next TCR Europe meeting at Monza’s iconic Autodromo Nazionale circuit on September 26-27.
|Full results and championship standings can be found at:europe.tcr-series.com|