During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad. We continue this series with 2018 TCR UK Champion Daniel Lloyd, who is competing in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship for Dongfeng Honda Racing Team…
Here is the TCR Talk roundup of Daniel’s performance at the Shanghai International Circuit in China, from two weeks ago, where race one took place on Saturday and race two took place on Sunday…
Please keep in mind that during the weekend, the TCR Asia International Series and the TCR China Touring Car Championship competed in combined grids, whilst scoring points for their separate championships.
Race One in Shanghai…
Daniel Lloyd took a dominant victory in the TCR Asia/TCR China first race at Shanghai International Circuit.
The reigning TCR UK champion took his Honda Civic into the lead, overtaking his team-mate and pole sitter Martin Xie halfway through the ten-lap race. He then pulled away and won with a margin of four seconds over Luca Engstler who was the winner of the TCR Asia race.
At the start, the two Dongfeng MacPro Racing Honda cars of Xie and Lloyd sprinted away from the front row of the grid and took command, while Engstler jumped from fifth to third at T1. During the first lap, a collision between Alex Liu and Alex Hui forced the latter to retire.
Lloyd began to attack Xie and eventually passed him on lap six for the lead with Engstler benefitting from the situation and passing Xie for second place. While Lloyd was able to build a gap to Engstler, Xie momentarily lost third position to Oriola on lap eight but regained it on the following lap. In the final moments, Sunny Wong retired with a turbo issue and Huang Chu Han inherited the sixth place.
Lloyd won on track from Engstler, Xie and Oriola whilst the top three from the TCR China race were Lloyd, Xie and Huang Chuhan.
Race Two in Shanghai…
As Luca Engstler took his fifth victory out of the six TCR Asia races held so far, Saturday’s race one winner Daniel Lloyd, finished third on track and took his third win of the 2019 TCR China season.
During the first lap, both Engstler and Lloyd overtook Daniel Miranda and began chasing early overall leader Pepe Oriola. On lap four, Diego Moran passed Miranda for fourth position after they clashed several times on the same
On lap seven, Engstler passed Oriola for the overall lead and the lead in TCR Asia, going on to take his fifth win of the season.
Lloyd finished on track in third place, whilst finishing first in the TCR China race, completing the overall podium. Huang Chu Hang was second in the TCR China race with Lu Hao in the NewFaster Audi taking third place.
Lloyd’s team-mate Martin Xie who was third overall in race one retired on the final lap due to a technical issue. In the TCR China Driver standings, Lloyd has stretched his lead to 12 points over Huang.
Lloyd reflects on Shanghai…
“That was a fantastic weekend. The team have done an amazing job on the car and given me the perfect tool to get the job done. It was a great result for the Dongfeng Racing Team to secure the 1-2 start in the opening race,” explained Lloyd.
“I was pleased to be able to convert that into another race win; especially finishing first overall against the combined TCR Asia field.”
“We’re in a strong position now heading into the mid-way point of the season. Increasing the Championship lead is exactly what we needed to do. I’m looking forward to coming back out to Zhejiang again in a few weeks’ time.”
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:
The next rounds of the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship will be at the Zhejiang International Circuit during the weekend of 5-7 July.
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 by winning 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!