Dan Lloyd has been a name on the lips of many a British Touring Car Championship fan following his stunning performances across Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft in the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R earlier this season.
When he was forced out of said drive due to budget issues pre-Snetterton, it seemed like he would have to wait until 2017 to get his next big-shot.
However, thanks to an ingenious tie-up with In2Racing, Lloyd will be back in competition this weekend. The Porsche Carrera Cup GB has moved on massively since Lloyd narrowly lost-out to Dean Stoneman in a controversial 2013 season finale. A new car, boosted grids and new faces mean the series is a different animal to what it was three years ago.
Yet with In2Racing Lloyd has a team that has propelled the McKay duo, Euan and Dan, to the top of the Pro-Am1 classification. Whilst, without a doubt, the drivers themselves must take considerable plaudits for the performances that have seen them trouble the established Pro competition, the team must also receive due credit.
It is all too easy in a multi-class competition to focus heavily on the front of the grid and miss the talent that is developing further down the field. With Lloyd the team now have an established star to fight for podiums and maybe even a victory across the final four races, proving that they can run a car to trouble the Redline Racing, GT Marques and IDL Racing entries that fight for success week in, week out.
Lloyd has the opportunity to once again demonstrate his undoubted talent on the TOCA package, and will hope that on this occasion it will enable him to put together a season-long deal in 2017. In2Racing have the chance to prove to potential customers that they are capable of fighting up at the very sharp end of Carrera Cup GB.
For both sides the appeal is clear to see. The rewards will undoubtedly follow.