Daniel Lloyd has expressed his determination to make a return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid before the end of the season, with the teenager aiming to make a return at the series penultimate meeting at Donington Park. After making his series debut at Croft earlier this year, the 2009 Elf Renault Clio Winter Cup champion has been forced to sit out the last two meetings due to budget problems, but is looking to make his return for the Triple Eight Race Engineering team for rounds 25, 26 and 27.
The Huddersfield based racer make a great debut for the team at Croft in mid-June, picking up an unexpected pair of points finishes in the team’s second Vauxhall Vectra. Despite his performances, he was unable to get the budget together to continue racing in the series, forcing him to miss the Snetterton and Silverstone rounds. Although not racing, the 18 year old still attended the meetings in an attempt to drum up support, also taking part in the popular pitlane walkabout events to keep in the public eye.
Lloyd will once again miss out as the series heads up north to Knockhill this weekend for its annual meeting in Scotland, but will be spending the time working as hard as possible to get the budget together to compete at Donington in three weeks time.
“It’s so frustrating to have been on the sidelines since Croft”, said Lloyd, “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.”