Daniel Lloyd has sealed his return to the British Touring Car Championship for the 2021 season to partner double champion, Jason Plato in a strong line-up for the Power Maxed Racing team.
Lloyd is no stranger to the BTCC looking ultra competitive and gaining a race win during his part campaign back in 2018 and despite contesting multiple rounds over a number of seasons, 2021 will be the first full season for the former Renault Clio Winter Cup and TCR UK champion.
In 2018, he bagged the aforementioned inaugural title in TCR UK winning 8 out of 14 races scoring podiums in all but two before stints in 2019 and 2020 in the European TCR Championship winning races during both seasons before now returning to the BTCC.
Heading into his first full season, Lloyd is excited and is looking to make this partnership with Power Maxed Racing a long term one: “I’m mega excited to be racing back in the UK, and this will be the first time I’ll be heading into the championship with some pre season testing under my belt. I’ve always been thrown in at the deep end a little bit, so I can’t wait to get stuck in to the programme.”
“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and really looking forward to not only working with the team, but also learning from Jason [Plato] and his vast experience. I’m really looking to build on this a long term partnership, and launch a multi-year attack at the championship heavyweights.”
While for Team Principal, Adam Weaver, he believes that there is a true championship contender to partner Jason Plato in this upcoming season.
“I’m really excited to have Dan joining us for the upcoming season. He’s a driver that’s always been on our radar, and has always impressed when he’s been on the grid in the past. I don’t think anyone can argue that with the right equipment underneath him, he’s a genuine championship contender, and with the championship’s most successful driver ever alongside him, we certainly think we have one of the strongest pairings on the grid this season.”
This is a point echoed by Martin Broadhurst, PMR’s Team Manager who believes alongside Plato, they have one of the ‘strongest pairings’ on the grid going into the 2021 season.
“I have known Dan since his first venture into BTCC in 2010 in the Vectra. From that moment on he has impressed with great results and performances in every touring car championship he’s competed in, including his race win in the BTCC, and I think he’ll be a great asset to the team. With Dan and Jason [Plato] in the cars this year, I believe we have one of the strongest pairings on the grid, and couple with the development work we’ve done over winter, I’m looking forward to this season more than ever!”
With Lloyd joining Power Maxed Racing, the grid is close to completion with seats at Team Dynamics and Team HARD. Racing still yet to be filled and likely set to be announced in due course ahead of media day next month with 8/9 May seeing the first round at Thruxton.