Daniel Lloyd heads to the Cheshire countryside on the hunt for points this weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship arrives at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit for rounds 10, 11 and 12 (May 20/21).
With its unique undulations and sweeping corners, Oulton Park is one of the most popular circuits on the BTCC calendar and 25-year-old Lloyd has an excellent track record on the 2.23 Island layout. The MG Racing RCIB Insurance racer took his first BTCC front row start here last season in the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic – narrowly missing out on pole by just 0.019 of a second.
“I’m looking forward to bouncing back from a tough weekend at Thruxton;” said Lloyd. “Oulton Park is one of my favourite circuits. It’s one of the closest tracks to home and we always have fantastic local support there from fans and sponsors – many of whom are coming along at the weekend.”
Lloyd has endured a tough start to his 2017 BTCC campaign that has seen the Yorkshireman secure just two points finishes from 9 races so far this season, with the Triple-Eight-run squad striving to find elusive pace in the MG6.
“It’s no secret that we’ve been struggling this season, but with the change over to the new suspension kit this year combined with the new Dunlop tyre and limited pre-season testing it’s been a really steep learning curve for us all;” explained Lloyd. “Hopefully the things that we picked up from our recent test at Croft will be more relevant here and we’ll be able to stay out of trouble and make some progress.
“The MG Racing RCIB Insurance crew have done a brilliant job to get the car ready for this weekend and have been working non-stop to get us back on the front foot;” the Yorkshire Patron added. “The guys have been busy at the rig since Thruxton, working on the dampers and we’ve made some pretty big changes to the MG6 for Oulton, so hopefully that work will start to pay off in results this weekend.”
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its annual visit to Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit on May 20/21. Live coverage of Sunday’s (May 21) races will be broadcast in high definition on ITV4, and via the ITVhub from 11.15 – 18.00; with rounds 10, 11 and 12 shown live at 12.05, 14.35 and 16.50.
Live streaming of Saturday’s (May 20) qualifying session will also be featured on itv.com/btcc between 15.50 and 16.20 with additional live timing for qualifying, free practice sessions and all three races available at btcc.net/live