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Daniel Lloyd: ‘I won’t get bullied about’

Eurotech Racing’s Daniel Lloyd insists that he isn’t going to get ‘bullied about’ in Sunday’s British Touring Car Championship races at Oulton Park, after securing a first-ever front-row grid position in qualifying.

Lloyd, who only returned to the BTCC at Thruxton last time out, is only contesting his third event in a touring car this weekend.

Despite that lack of experience, the 24-year old has already secured a front-row starting position, with his second position in qualifying being just 0.019 seconds off pole position.

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With his lack of touring car experience and late arrival in the championship in mind, Lloyd admits that he is aiming to deliver the best performance possible in race one without thinking about consistency.

“I’m not here to do consistent results, I’m not in the championship, so it’s not about that,” said Lloyd to TouringCars.Net. “I’ve got two rear-wheel drive cars around me, so it’s going to be tough.

“To be honest I’m not thinking about it really, I’m just going to enjoy today and then tomorrow, at the end of the day, it’s just another race. I’m just going to get my head down, nail the start and then get stuck in. I’m certainly not going to get bullied about, I’m just going to get stuck in and see how we do.

“It’s going to be really tough, but we’ve got really good race pace. I haven’t really seen the Subaru perform that well throughout a race, so no doubt they’ll have a really good start and maybe drop off a bit towards the end.”

Lloyd added that he is looking to get noticed with his touring car performances, which he believes is best achieved through outright pace rather than consistent finishes.

“Now I think it’s all about getting stuck in. You never know, I might get up there [in the championship] but at the minute, whether it’s in GT cars or touring cars, consistent finishes don’t get you noticed. All the teams are bothered about is who’s quick, who wins or who puts it on pole. That’s what the teams want.

“The consistency will come with time, whether that’s the car or driver or whatever. It’s the speed that’s the hard bit to get. I’m just over the moon that I was able to prove I can do that in a car with not a lot of experience, so I’m really happy.”

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