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Croft: Lloyd 'over the moon' after 'tough' negotiating session

Daniel Lloyd: I'm particularly happy because of how the session panned out. Oulton Park was much more straightforward but it was different here.
Eurotech Racing's Daniel Lloyd was 'over the moon' to come through and secure his second British Touring Car Championship front-row slot in a row after negotiating a 'tough' qualifying session at Croft.

The front row since qualifying from Oulton Park remains unchanged as the rookie sensation Lloyd sits alongside pole man Colin Turkington prior the first race for the second meeting in a row.

While Lloyd managed to consolidate his strong practice form the Honda Civic Type-R driver admitted his route to second was far from straightforward after citing a mid-session gamble on set-up which left him with just a single run to pull a flier out of the bag.

"I'm particularly happy because of how the session panned out," Lloyd told Crash.net. "Oulton Park was much more straightforward but here was different. I already had a big off during my first run coming out of the chicane.

"It was really tough as the car wasn't where we thought it would be at the start of the session so we had to make a few alterations. We changed to ride-height and had to alter our tyre strategy. In-between that there was also a red flag so that made it tough.

"We took a bit of a risk by waiting till the end so I knew I was only going to get one lap. It's difficult when you know you've got one lap to make it count so I was over the moon to make the front row."

Having received an eye-opening introduction to running at the front of the BTCC field at Oulton Park, Lloyds says he hopes the lessons learnt from two weeks ago will allow him to tailor his racecraft accordingly tomorrow.

"Oulton Park was an eye-opener of both where to be aggressive and where not to leave the door open. The tap from Plato wasn't the big factor of the race, it was letting Gordon [Shedden] past in the first place that held me up," Lloyd explained.

"I learnt a lot. Tomorrow I'll be concentrating on getting a good start off the line. I think I'm in for a really tough day because the RWD cars are strong while the FWD's drop off quickly around here."



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