John Lloyd powered to his best-ever Wales Rally GB result at the weekend, claiming an impressive 28th overall and fifth in the Production category after overcoming difficult conditions in the Welsh forests.
The event moved from its traditional November date to September for the first time this season, but the expected dry weather conditions never appeared, when heavy rain leading to poor visibility and making stage conditions treacherous.
“When the rain was coming down it was incredibly slippery – so difficult at times,” Lloyd said. “Then, when the sun decided to come out it was so low that it was in my eyes. When you are in sixth gear and can't see anything it tends to grab your attention!”
With the tricky conditions leading to a high attrition rate, Lloyd concentrated on mixing outright speed with the consistency required to get to the finish. He managed to hold off the challenge of a number of rivals including former Le Mans class winner and reigning historic rally champion Ray Bellm.
“We had some really enjoyable battles throughout the event, and when the conditions were better on the final day we were really able to push on a bit,” he said. “With two stages to go I had really settled into a very good rhythm – it was just a shame that the event finished just when I felt I was really able to get stuck in.
“It's always nice to notch up a best-ever result on an event, particularly when I have had such wretched results on my home round of the championship in the past. I'd only finished once before – in 75th – so this is definitely a good step forward.”