OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY LLOYD ON BTCC TEST DEBUT TNT Post backed racer Daniel Lloyd made a stunning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test debut at Rockingham in Northamptonshire today, Tuesday, 25th May, by ending the outing just...
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY LLOYD ON BTCC TEST DEBUT
TNT Post backed racer Daniel Lloyd made a stunning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test debut at Rockingham in Northamptonshire today, Tuesday, 25th May, by ending the outing just 0.375 seconds shy of the outright pace.
Running with multiple championship-winning team Triple Eight Race Engineering in one of the squad's 'ex-works' Vauxhall Vectras, the 18-year-old concluded the day with the seventh fastest time overall after posting a best lap of 1m24.261 seconds (82.88mph).
Set during the latter stages of the afternoon with his only run on new tyres, Daniel's tremendous effort placed him a superb fourth in that session. Marking his first outing in a saloon car since the ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup last November, the Huddersfield racer impressively outpaced a number of vastly experienced BTCC drivers including Gordon Shedden and former champion James Thompson.
"It's been an absolutely fantastic experience", said the 2009 Clio Winter Champion, "Obviously I want to thank Ian Harrison (team principal) and everyone at Triple Eight for giving me such a great car to drive -- the level of professionalism is incredible. The Vectra is amazing, it's very much like a bigger version of a Clio, with more speed and more grip, so I felt very comfortable.
"The day was brilliant, I'm really happy with my performance but I know we could have been quicker still as I made a mistake at turn six so lost some time there. To be within 0.3 seconds of the top of the times though is something I didn't expect! It'd be unbelievable to be able to race in the BTCC."
BTCC test preceded by 'awesome' Formula Renault UK experience Hot-footing it straight to Rockingham from Snetterton, Daniel sampled a Formula Renault UK single-seater for the first time at the Norfolk track on Monday, 24th May, with Team Firstair.
Relishing the opportunity to drive one of the state-of-the-art 2010 specification FR 2.0 cars, the West Yorkshire teenager started the outing with a set-up favouring large amounts of downforce -- and also used very old tyres -- while he got accustomed to the 150mph machine.
Running less and less downforce during the afternoon as he became more at home with the car, Daniel produced a marked improvement in lap times. Going on to find a full 0.7 seconds on new tyres, he rounded out the test with a best lap of 1m05.189 seconds (107.79mph) to end the day within just 1.5 seconds of the outright pace.
"The Formula Renault is an absolutely awesome car, there's so much grip through the first couple of corners at Snetterton and the speed is fantastic", said Daniel, "I really enjoyed the test and I'm pleased with the job we did. Big thanks to Ian Barnwell (team principal) and Team Firstair, it was a great day."