Driver Spotlight: Daniel Lloyd
Huddersfield-born Daniel Lloyd (Autobrite Direct with Millers Oils) began his circuit racing career back in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2008 after learning the ropes with five years of karting. From there, he progressed in 2011 to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB after winning a scholarship via the Scirocco R Cup.
After three years in Porsches, Blancpain GT called and a drive with McLaren in the Sprint Series, as well as two rounds of Blancpain Endurance with Aston Martin. In 2015, Lloyd drove for Motorbase Performance in the British GT Championship
The Yorkshireman made his BTCC debut in 2010 – taking in the Croft weekend – and returned in 2016 for nine rounds, competing at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft that season with Eurotech Racing – impressing with his raw pace in the potent Honda Civic Type R.
Lloyd completed the first four events in 2017 with MG Racing RCIB Insurance alongside Aron Taylor-Smith.
After a hiatus, and a foray into TCR UK, he joined BTC Norlin Racing from the Oulton Park race weekend in 2018, contesting the remaining seven race weekends and securing his maiden BTCC win at Croft.
Lloyd returned to the BTCC in 2021 in the Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astra, having spent two years continuing to add to his racing CV. He concluded the campaign just outside the top ten in the overall championship standings.
In 2022, Lloyd made the move to Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com, behind the wheel of one of the team’s quartet of Hyundai i30Ns.
For the 2023 campaign, Lloyd piloted a Team HARD. Racing CUPRA Leon, as he aimed to build on the strengths of his previous year, which included an impressive double victory at Croft.
Lloyd showed his skill and determination all year with a season’s best finish of fifth at Knockhill. However, there should have been a maiden win of the season for the Huddersfield driver in the final race at Donington GP, but a last lap mechanical failure took first place from under him.
He finished 11th in the Drivers’ championship with 111 points for the season. This brings his all-time BTCC total to 629 points, four wins and eight podiums.