Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd is all set for the biggest challenge of his racing career as the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship roars back into action at Brands Hatch in Kent this coming weekend (April 1-2).
Having recently secured a ‘dream’ factory drive with the manufacturer-based MG RCIB Insurance Racing squad, Lloyd is set to join the most competitive BTCC grid in years, with 16 race-winners making up half of the 32-car strong line-up competing for the most coveted crown in British motorsport.
A bumper crowd is expected to descend on the 1.2mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit where Lloyd will make his racing debut in the MG Motor MG6; run by multiple title winners Triple Eight Racing. After impressing during his three appearances during the 2016 season – securing front row starts at Croft and Oulton Park – the 25-year-old is eager to build on his performance with a full season campaign ahead of him.
“This weekend is massive for me and my supporters;” enthused Lloyd. “Going into the opening round at Brands Hatch as part of a works-backed team, and representing the MG brand on the grid, is fantastic and I can’t wait to go racing again.
“We had a bumpy start to testing, but the team pulled out all of the stops and turned it around and we’ve managed to get some decent mileage under our belts. The MG is a proven race winning car and we have a great team behind the scenes so we’re going into the opening round in good form.”
“The first round is always an interesting one and the new Dunlop tyre has thrown even more into the mix this weekend:” added Lloyd. “Obviously we all know what we’ve been working on but none of us know what the other teams have in the bag, so it’s always a bit of a step into the unknown.”
“This weekend is all about consistency and making sure that we qualify well to keep ourselves in the mix. It’s such a competitive grid this year, all points are going to hard-fought but this championship is all about the long-game and I feel sure that we’ll be in amongst the main players.”