TOURING CAR RACER LLOYD TO TAKE GRUELLING CHARITY CHALLENGE Huddersfield based touring car racer Daniel Lloyd is to undertake a gruelling 10-kilometre fitness challenge later in the year in aid of Kirkwood Hospice -- and he's seeking as much ...
TOURING CAR RACER LLOYD TO TAKE GRUELLING CHARITY CHALLENGE
Huddersfield based touring car racer Daniel Lloyd is to undertake a gruelling 10-kilometre fitness challenge later in the year in aid of Kirkwood Hospice -- and he's seeking as much support as possible to raise funds and awareness for his nominated charity.
The Men's Health 'Survival of the Fittest' is a high-profile event which will be staged at three venues across the UK -- one in England, one in Wales and another in Scotland. Daniel will participate in the Nottingham race on Saturday, 9th October, so over the course of the next two months he's going to be spending every spare moment training for the extreme endurance test.
Inaugurated in 2008, the event has grown massively and for this year's staging some 5,000 entrants are expected to try and conquer the Nottingham assault course alone. It truly is an incredible test of stamina, determination and focus -- all attributes which served Daniel so well on his successful Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship debut at Croft in North Yorkshire back in June.
The 10-kilometre running course, which winds through urban and rural areas, has a major obstacle positioned at each kilometre marker to provide the toughest possible test. There's no doubt it will be one of the most demanding physical challenges Daniel has ever tackled but he's intent on doing as well as possible for Kirklees-based Kirkwood Hospice.
"Part of me thinks I must be completely mad to do this!", said the 18-year-old, "But in all seriousness, it's a phenomenal challenge for me to get my teeth into and the most important thing is to try and raise as much as possible for Kirkwood Hospice. They do unbelievable work there and it's an honour and a privilege to race on their behalf."
Although he's been unable to secure the required funding to compete in this weekend's three rounds of BTCC action at Snetterton in Norfolk, Daniel is aiming to be back at the wheel of the Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Vectra he raced on his touring car debut as soon as possible.
Backed by TNT Post for his sensational debut at Croft, Daniel exceeded all expectations by securing two top 10 points finishes from the trio of races contested -- seventh position in his first ever touring car race and eighth in the third encounter of the weekend.
Since that time he's been working extremely hard behind the scenes to try and raise the funds to compete at Silverstone National Circuit on 21st/22nd August. The most likely opportunity to be back on track in the country's biggest championship though will be the Donington Park event in September.
He commented: "Obviously I'd have loved to be able to continue the fantastic start I made to my BTCC career by racing at Snetterton this weekend but we just weren't able to get the funding together. We're working incredibly hard though to get back out as soon as we can. The BTCC is where we want to be and as I think we showed at Croft, it's where we should be."