Lloyd’s Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N collided with Ricky Collard’s Toyota on the opening lap of the ultimate race on the Oulton Park spherical in June, then bounced again onto the circuit after hitting the limitations.
The Hyundai was then hit by the West Surrey Racing BMW 330e M Sport of Colin Turkington, who was unsighted by vehicles forward, with Lloyd taking one other battering by Michael Crees’s Energy Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.
Lloyd suffered a bruised lung and swelling, whereas Turkington had soreness and whiplash, however each had been capable of return to motion on the subsequent spherical at Croft. The 30-year-old made a shocking comeback by successful two races at Croft in his repaired Hyundai – having feared he would possibly miss the rest of the season after the crash.
Regardless of with the ability to proceed, the price of the crash continues to be being felt by Lloyd – estimated to be a six-figure restore invoice – and nonetheless faces a shortfall of over £50,000 to finish his marketing campaign.
If he can not discover the funds, Lloyd faces lacking the ultimate two occasions of the season at Silverstone (24-25 September) and Manufacturers Hatch (Eight-9 October).
“It was improbable to bounce again from what occurred at Oulton Park with the double win at Croft, however I feel it might need given the misunderstanding that we had been okay by way of with the ability to full the season,” Lloyd stated.
“Sadly that couldn’t be farther from the reality and because it stands, there’s a real chance that Thruxton [27-28 August] might be my closing races of the marketing campaign.
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“Though we’ve been capable of deliver some improbable new companions onboard because the accident, they had been offers that I’d been engaged on for a while. I’m massively grateful that they determined to again me – and that my present companions have been so understanding of the state of affairs – however the exhausting details are that we’re nonetheless round £50,000 in need of with the ability to settle the restore invoice and participate within the closing two rounds.”
Lloyd, in simply the second full BTCC marketing campaign of his profession, at present sits eighth within the drivers’ championship after a trio of factors finishes at Snetterton final weekend.
“The prospect of being unable to complete what now we have began this season is heartbreaking, as a result of I really feel I’ve developed a improbable relationship with the workforce and now we have made enormous progress with the automobile to often combat in the direction of the entrance of the sphere in what has been one of many aggressive grids that the BTCC has had for various years,” he added.
“I’m definitely not giving up by any means, however a state of affairs that was very troublesome has now turn out to be vital, and time is working out.”
Because of this, Lloyd is on the lookout for additional sponsorship to assist cowl the prices till the top of the season.
“Individuals have requested if crowdfunding was an choice and while I do know it has been completed by different folks, it isn’t one thing I personally really feel snug with as I wouldn’t wish to ask followers for cash and never be capable of supply one thing in return,” he stated.
“We’re nonetheless happy to be ready the place we will launch some new packages that can permit any followers who wish to assist my effort to take action, however may also supply them unique rewards that they wouldn’t in any other case have entry to – comparable to particular merchandise and a Scorching Lap occasion at Donington Park.”