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Dan Lloyd: ‘Racing on Knockhill reverse layout is awesome’

Dan Lloyd was full of praise for the anti-clockwise Knockhill layout, after the WestCoast Racing driver continued to set the pace in the TCR UK series with the fastest time in Saturday practice.

Yorkshireman Lloyd had set the pace in Friday’s day of free testing, and was immediately amongst the pace-setters in Saturday practice, improving his lap three times in the second half of the morning’s practice session to cement his dominance at the top.

The former TCR International Series and British Touring Car Championship driver particularly enjoyed racing the other way around the Scottish circuit, which has also been resurfaced ahead of the current racing season.

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“I think it’s awesome to be honest, and it’s not just because I’m quick,” said Lloyd to TouringCars.Net. “Everyone says they like the circuit when they’re quick, but as soon as we got going yesterday I thought ‘this is pretty mega’.

“It’s really quick and mega physical as well, so our 30-minute races are going to be quite tough. I do [prefer it] from a driver’s point of view. I think overtaking is going to be mega-difficult, though.”

Lloyd is carrying momentum of two race wins at the season opener into the second meeting of the TCR UK season and believes that he is driving at the best level in his career to-date.

The 26-year-old leads the standings by 25 points and is optimistic of being able to hold on to his lead after Sunday’s two races.

“I feel really on form this year. Silverstone was a mega result and I drove probably one of the best races I ever drove there. It always looks easy when you’re at the front, but there’s a lot that goes into it.

“We’ve come here this weekend and with my driving style – I’m a very aggressive driver inside the car – it suits me down to a T.

“Yesterday, even though I’d never been around here [in reverse], in session one I set the quickest time that I did all day, so I got to grips with it very quickly. It just suits me very well.”

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