Daniel Lloyd’s hopes of claiming a second TCR International Series podium in China were cruelly dashed over the weekend, with contact on the opening lap ruling the Yorkshireman out of both races on the Zhejiang Circuit in Shaoxing during the penultimate round of the 2017 season (October 8).
Having set the fastest time of the homologated TCR cars in FP2, Lloyd’s competitive pace in both qualifying sessions saw the #17 Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT León placed P5 for Sunday’s opening race.
A good start from the 25-year-old in race 1 saw him challenge the lead pack as they headed into the opening corner. Unfortunately for Lloyd, as the pack concertinaed and jostled for position the #17 SEAT got caught up in the melee and despite only picking up light contact, the damage resulted in a loss of fluid and overheating issues, ruling him out of the remainder of the weekend.
“We had really good pace this weekend, which makes the result all the more disappointing;” explained Lloyd. “I got a great start off the line, everyone gathered on the inside and I broke early for the first corner. Everyone bunched up and I had a bit of contact – nothing unusual – but unfortunately it was enough to make a tiny crack in the pipe, causing a water leak and overheating the engine.
“With the engine blown there was nothing the guys could do to get us back out there;” added Lloyd. “A frustrating end to the weekend for us, and a real shame as the team worked really hard to get the car on the pace. I genuinely think we could have been challenging for another podium starting from fifth and sixth, but it wasn’t to be.”
The Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing Team still remain in the title battle for the Teams’ trophy and Lloyd is set to re-join the squad when the TCR International Series heads to the Dubai Autodrome, UAE in six weeks’ time for the season finale on November 18th.