DELIGHTED LLOYD CONFIRMS TCR SWITCH AHEAD OF HOME ROUND AT OULTON
With just one week to go until the fourth race meeting of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire, Daniel Lloyd's home event will also mark the youngster's surprise switch to multiple championship winning squad Total Control Racing.
Having contested the first six races of the 20-round season with Team Pyro, the 17-year-old chose to part company with the outfit following the Donington Park event last weekend and now has high hopes of continuing his progress after signing a fresh deal with TCR.
The Scammonden-based racer's first outing with Lee Brookes' team will come on Friday, 29th May, during the official pre-event practice ahead of the weekend's seventh and eighth rounds of the season on 30th/31st May.
"I'm over the moon to have joined TCR in time for my home races and I'm hopeful we have a chance of achieving our best results of the year to date", said Daniel, "Unfortunately there were a few things out of our control at Donington but a switch of team will enable us to continue our development as the season progresses.
"I'm really excited by the prospect of running with such a fantastic team, TCR's record in Clios over the years speaks for itself and Lee is obviously a past champion himself. Working with that experience is an amazing opportunity, I can't wait to be back in the car."
Looking forward to his 'home' event at Oulton Park with a renewed vigour after linking-up with the highly respected TCR squad, Daniel is focused on achieving season's best results for his hugely important portfolio of sponsors who made the step-up to Clios possible.
Expecting a lot of local support at the picturesque parkland track, Daniel will be pushing hard to add to the three top 10 finishes he has achieved so far in his maiden year in the championship and give some important television exposure to his backers Propack, The Workplace, NW Print, Hoyer UK Ltd and TEAM. ZICO Sports Drinks will remain on the livery of the youngster's 2.0-litre car for the Oulton Park races as he works with the brand to try and cement a commercial relationship for the future.
West Midlands-based TCR has an unrivalled position in the Clio Cup in terms of race wins and title successes. In the last six years alone the squad has produced three driver champions including current HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship front-runner Jonathan Adam and former works Vauxhall BTCC racer Tom Onslow-Cole.
After pre-event practice on Friday, 29th May, qualifying for the weekend's two races will take place at 11.40 on Saturday, 30th May, with round seven getting underway at around 16.55. Round eight, which will be screened live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4, is timetabled to commence at 15.10 on Sunday, 31st May.
2009 Provisional ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd6): 1st Philip Glew, 175pts; 2nd Aron Smith, 148pts; 11th Daniel Lloyd, 58pts