Eurotech Racing have announced they will expand to a three-car outfit for the remainder of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after securing the TBL from TOCA vacated by Andy Neate earlier last week.
Lloyd, a two-time race winner in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, will pilot the third of the team’s Honda Civic Type-R models from Thruxton onwards, with the team finally able to run their new addition after a fruitless winter of driver negotiations led to their TBL finding a new home at Team.HARD
The deal was confirmed at Donington Park this morning with Lloyd inking a deal that was subsequently ratified by series organiser TOCA.
Commenting on the move, Lloyd admits his long-term ambition to join the championship and believes it will be a challenge initially to get up speed. After that, however, the podium is his objective.
“I tested with the team ahead of the season and I was immediately impressed with the way it operated. I have been looking to do the British Touring Car Championship for a long, long time and it is the biggest championship in the country,” he commented.
“It is going to be a step in to the unknown for me to start with, but I want to get familiar with the car quickly and be challenging for podiums – although starting at Thruxton is going to be an eye-opener. I need to gain confidence, but with the crew around me I am sure that won’t take long.”
Team Principal Jeff Smith was also pleased with the new addition to his outfit and believes the arrival of Lloyd marks an important new chapter for Eurotech Racing.
“This is exactly the situation we wanted the team to find itself in. It is vital for our future that we have a strong, young driver who help push the entire programme forwards,” he explained.
“Dan is keen to help Martin and myself move up the grid and we can all learn lessons from each other. This is an important step for Eurotech Racing.”