LLOYD TARGETING DONINGTON BTCC RETURN WITH TRIPLE EIGHT Having been forced to sit out the last two Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship events due to budget restrictions, teenager Daniel Lloyd has confirmed he is still targeting the ...
LLOYD TARGETING DONINGTON BTCC RETURN WITH TRIPLE EIGHT
Having been forced to sit out the last two Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship events due to budget restrictions, teenager Daniel Lloyd has confirmed he is still targeting the penultimate race meeting of the season at Donington Park for his return with the Triple Eight Race Engineering team.
As the UK's biggest motor racing championship travels to Knockhill in Scotland next weekend, 4th/5th September, for its annual visit north of the border, 18-year-old Daniel will once again have to watch the action on TV from his armchair at home with attempts to secure a race budget still ongoing.
Making a stunning debut with Ian Harrison's multiple title-winning Triple Eight squad in mid-June at Croft in North Yorkshire -- where he exceeded all expectation by securing a pair of points scoring results -- the Huddersfield racer is hungry to return to the seat of the team's second Vauxhall Vectra.
It's been a frustrating couple of months for Daniel since his maiden run in the BTCC but he hasn't wasted a single minute in working hard to secure the required backing to help him line-up on the Donington Park starting grid three weeks from now, 18th/19th September.
"It's so frustrating to have been on the sidelines since Croft", said the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup Champion, "We're working harder than ever to try and put together a package which will enable me to be back with Triple Eight and we're targeting Donington next month for our return. Missing Snetterton and Silverstone was disappointing as we couldn't build on the Croft weekend.
"I'd have loved to be out at Knockhill next weekend but I'll just have to watch it all on TV instead! We're fully committed to being back before the end of the season though and we've got a few things being worked on at the moment so hopefully it'll all work out well for Donington."
Charity fitness challenge gathers momentum
While Daniel continues to work hard on securing the budget needed to return to competitive action in the BTCC, he is also undertaking a gruelling physical fitness regime to prepare for the Men's Health 'Survival of the Fittest' which takes place in Nottingham on Saturday, 9th October.
Competing in the extreme 10-kilometre challenge in aid of his nominated charity, the Kirklees-based Kirkwood Hospice, Daniel's appeal for donations is now in full swing with a special webpage having been set-up where people can support his bid to raise as much as possible.
"Kirkwood Hospice does an unbelievable job in the local community, it's an incredible charity and I'm determined to raise as much as possible for them", he said, "It costs almost 0x00a311,000 a day for the hospice to provide the vital care its patients need so if I can go some way to helping that through the Survival of the Fittest challenge I'll be really pleased."
To do your bit for Kirkwood Hospice and help support Daniel's bid at the same time, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/danielloydracing for details of how to make a secure online donation for such a worthwhile cause.
More details regarding the 'Survival of the Fittest', meanwhile, can be found at www.mhsurvival.co.uk