During 2019, TCR Talk will be following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series around the world.
We continue this series with 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion Daniel Lloyd, who is competing in the 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship for Dongfeng Honda Racing Team, operated by championship-winning squad MacPro Racing Team…
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.
TCR Talk will be concentrating on Lloyd’s progress in TCR China this year. You can find reports of Lloyd’s TCR Europe activities (covered by my good self) at Downforce Radio
The 2019 TCR China Touring Car Championship
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.
After Zhuhai, the series moved on to the full Grand Prix circuit at Shanghai for the second weekend of the year where both series competed together.
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, however, the British driver holds the championship lead after taking three wins out of four races so far.
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.”
Lloyd looks forward to Zhejiang…
Lloyd has previous experience of the Zhejiang International Circuit on, having raced there for Craft-Bamboo Racing in the SEAT Leon TCR in the final season of the TCR International Series. Back in 2017, the British driver retired from both races with technical issues.
The 2018 TCR UK Touring Car Champion is hopeful of better weekends racing as he looks to consolidate his championship lead.
“I’ve raced on the Zhejiang circuit once before in the TCR International series but it’s not a track that I know well. We had the dream result last time out with the double win in Shanghai. This weekend we’ll be carrying some success ballast though so I’m expecting to have to work a lot harder for the results,” explained Lloyd.
“It’s all about adding the points now. We’ll be racing against TCR Asia again, so it will be a strong grid. The addition of the third car is great for the team and our championship challenge. I just want to keep the momentum going and extending our lead in the Driver and Teams’ championship.”
Where can you watch the action?
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:
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!