TCR Talk – The Brits Abroad: Lloyd looks to defend TCR China lead in Shanghai

During the 2019 season, TCR Talk will be reporting on the British drivers running in various international TCR series and giving you updates on how they are performing during the season in a regular event review.

As well as following both Matt Howson and Bradley Burns, TCR Talk will be following the progress of 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion Daniel Lloyd.

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: BRSCC / TCR UK Series

For 2019, the Yorkshire driver has signed for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team, operated by championship-winning squad MacPro Racing Team, where he competes in the TCR China Touring Car Championship, driving a Honda Civic Type R TCR.

TCR Talk will be concentrating on Lloyd’s progress in TCR China this year.

Adding to his 2019 program, Lloyd has also signed with Brutal Fish Racing, to drive a second Honda Civic Type R TCR alongside regular driver Martin Ryba in the remaining rounds of the TCR Europe Touring Car Series. His first appearance in the series was at Hockenheim in Germany.

You can find reports of Lloyd’s TCR Europe activities (covered by my good self on both websites) at both The Checkered Flag and Downforce Radio

The 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

2019 TCR Asia & TCR China Zhuhai race two start. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship got underway in Zhuhai at the start of May, where it ran alongside the 2019 TCR Asia International Series. This was the first of several doubleheader events where competitors from both series race together in combined grids.

With the TCR Concept reaching its fifth year of active competition, TCR China is one of several series that is now in its third season of competition and is building its grids nicely. Working alongside the other Asian based TCR Series, its seen entries from some of the best teams in the country as well as visiting teams such as Engstler Motorsport.

With big hitters such as Luca Engstler, Pepe Oriola and Diego Moran racing in TCR Asia, Lloyd was up against some strong competition in the opening rounds of the season. Daniel came first in the TCR China classification for race one and scored good points in the second race to take the championship lead.

Lloyd reflects on Zhuhai…

With the Zhuhai weekend ending well for the Dongfeng Honda Racing Team pilot, Lloyd remarked on how positive the opening races of the campaign went.

“We’ve had a brilliant start to the season so far, taking a race win and podium in the opening round. We mustn’t get complacent though, we still had a few issues to overcome. I’m hoping for a clearer couple of races this time around and to hopefully extend our lead at the top of the championship.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back out in the Honda Civic Type R and seeing how far we’ve moved on from the last round.”

Lloyd looks forward to Shanghai…

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

With the iconic 5.45km Shanghai International Circuit on the agenda this weekend, the Honda driver remains in a positive mood despite a difficult weekend last time out, where he made his debut in the highly competitive TCR Europe Touring Car Series for Brutal Fish Racing Team.

The 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion is hopeful of a better weekends racing.

“It’s great coming back to Shanghai again this weekend as I absolutely love the circuit, and have great memories of winning here on my last visit,” explained Lloyd.

“We made some big improvements to the car during the first round so fingers crossed we should be even stronger in Shanghai. The MacPro Racing team have a great deal of experience behind them, and the will to win.”

Where can you watch the action?

Lloyd will go up against Engstler and Oriola once again in Shanghai. Credit: TCR Asia-Ying Ching Heng

The TCR China Touring Car Championship follows the successful route of live streaming, which has worked for almost all TCR Series around the globe, by showing all of their races live on YouTube and on Facebook.

This is done on the AFOS (Asian Festival of Speed) YouTube Account which you can find here. You can also find live coverage of the races at TCR TV as well as on the TCR Asia Series and TCR China Facebook pages. The joint TCR Asia and TCR China series events use full English commentary, so this allows for a wider audience to follow the series outside of Asia.

To watch the full TCR Asia/TCR China Zhuhai races with English Commentary, please follow the link to my YouTube Playlist:

2019 TCR Asia International Series / 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship

Daniel Lloyd. Credit: MacPro Racing

TCR Talk will be following Daniel Lloyd, as he competes against the 2019 TCR Asia International Series competitors whilst looking to secure his second TCR Title in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship.

I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2019 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

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