Daniel Lloyd admitted that he felt he could have grabbed pole position for the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park, despite earning his best qualifying result of second.
The Eurotech Racing driver was second only to the Subaru Levorg of Colin Turkington in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Cheshire circuit, competing in just his third BTCC meeting.
“That was mega!” Lloyd said afterwards, despite feeling that there was more on the table.
“I’m still getting used to these tyres and learning how to extract the most from them. My first two runs weren’t ideal, and then on my third run, I messed up the first turn and missed the apex completely.
“I was tempted to abandon the lap, but then from Cascades on, I nailed every single corner.”
The Honda man felt that without the opening corner mishap he could have been on pole position, but was still left brimming by his Saturday achievement.
“It wasn’t a knife-edge lap by any means – it was all fairly neat and tidy and accurate”, Lloyd admitted.
“I’m a bit gutted about the mistake in the first corner because it almost certainly cost me pole, but to be on the front row in only my second time out with Eurotech Racing is unbelievable. I’m over the moon with that.”