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Dan Lloyd pockets ‘useful points’ in Zolder races

Dan Lloyd was pleased to secure ‘useful points’ in the two TCR Europe races at Zolder, the Brutal Fish Racing driver extending his championship lead to nine points over Mike Halder.

Lloyd had struggled to be the fastest Honda driver around the Belgian circuit, qualifying in tenth on Saturday, which in turn gave him the reverse-grid pole position for race two.

The first race of the weekend saw the Brit move up from ninth on the grid to fifth by the chequered flag, although he made contact with team-mate Pepe Oriola on the first lap of the opening race.

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In race two Lloyd lost out to fellow Honda racer Michelle Halder at the start and he was unable to mount a challenge to retake the lead thereafter, leaving him to settle for second.

Despite missing out on the win, Lloyd was pleased to secure ‘useful’ points which have extended his series lead after four of 12 planned races.

“It’s been a great weekend and we got some useful points here, so I’ve extended my lead in the championship while carrying the maximum ballast,” said Lloyd.

“My starts weren’t the best this weekend, but we think we know why – it has to do with the clutch, which will need some work, but we’re confident we can fix it.

“It was an awesome job by the Brutal Fish team to be carrying 60 kg around Zolder, which is known for being hard on the brakes.

“To be honest, I don’t think the Honda will be the car to be on pole everywhere, but it’s one of the most consistent cars over the entire season.

“The Audi cars were strong here and they will be strong at Monza and Spa, but at least we’ll be going to Monza without so much weight.”

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