After an impressive showing in testing at Rockingham, Daniel Lloyd will make his debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft after inking a deal with Triple Eight.
The 18-year-old was quickly up to speed at the wheel of the Vauxhall Vectra during the Rockingham test session and will now make his race debut at Croft with backing from TNT Post.
“It's absolutely amazing to be making my BTCC debut, a real dream come true,” he said. “At the start of the year I never thought I'd have the opportunity to test a touring car, let alone to make my race debut in one – and especially with Triple Eight, as far as I'm concerned it's the best team on the grid. This has all come together so quickly, I'm over the moon and I intend to make the most of it.
“It's going to be very tough, we're under no illusions as to how competitive the BTCC is, but I'm confident we can give a good account of ourselves at Croft. I like the track and it's worked out really well that we have this opportunity at one of my local circuits, hopefully we'll have plenty of support.
“We've been working really hard to sort this deal out. I want to say a big thank you to Ian Harrison at Triple Eight, my manager Tim Sugden and Andy Goddard from TNT Post – without them it just wouldn't have been possible. The deal is only for Croft but we hope to secure more financial support for the subsequent rounds in August.”
Triple Eight team boss Ian Harrison said he was thrilled to welcome Lloyd into the team.
“At Rockingham Daniel did a very good job in the test and we're all very excited about getting such a quick young guy in the car at Croft,” he said. “We're always looking for fresh, new talent and he proved on his test debut he can adapt to a car he hasn't driven before.
“His pace at Rockingham was completely genuine, which was impressive, so he needs to get as much mileage under his belt as possible in the two practice sessions at Croft and then build on that through qualifying and the races. It's going to be tough but hopefully it'll be a good weekend for all of us.”
Lloyd will become the fourth driver to race for Triple Eight this season after Fabrizio Giovanardi, Phil Glew and James Nash.