Team HARD Racing: Croft in Quotes

3rd August 2023

Team HARD. Racing endured a mixed weekend last time out at Croft, as the sixth event of the 2023 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship unfolded.

Check out what each of the team’s drivers had to say about the weekend below…

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Dan Lloyd: “Overall a really positive weekend for me. It was great to be running inside the top 10 for the vast majority of the weekend. We had great pace in the races and were moving forward all the time, it’s just a shame that an incident in race one hindered our progress up the pack as we had the pace to hang onto the top 6.

"Obviously, I’m gutted about the incident in race three. Once the back end went, I was a passenger and there was nothing I could do to keep the car out of the barrier.

“We took a lot of positives away from the recent Donington Park tyre test and we have improved the car again this weekend at Croft which I’m delighted with. Luck is still not on our side as we missed out on the reverse grid draw, but I’m sure our fortunes will change soon and we will start to bank a much bigger points haul.”

Michael Crees: “A really solid start to life back in the BTCC. It’s great to be back and I’m loving being back with the team where it all started, they have come such a long way. It was always going to be tough jumping in the car with minimal running, so to come away with points was fantastic and is a testament to how strong this package is and will be for me for the rest of the season.

“The team have been great; I have a really good crew on my car and I’m just happy I was able to reward them with a strong finish to the weekend. Let’s keep pushing at Knockhill!”

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Dexter Patterson: “It was a weekend of what could have been, the pace in the car was strong and we were definitely on the right tyre strategy to maximise the three compounds.

“The weekend was going well until a technical issue in race two really put us on the backfoot, and meant we gave up our Jack Sears Trophy lead which is a shame.

“I had nothing to lose in the final race of the day and the car came alive on the soft tyre. We went from the back of the grid into the points, climbing 13 places in the process – which I’m proud of. We are going to my home circuit with a good feeling and I can’t wait to see all of the home crowd!”

Daryl DeLeon: “Wow, what an amazing weekend in the BTCC. You watch the series on TV, and you even compete in the support championships but nothing can quite prepare you for race day in this championship. Everything from the off-track activities to what happens on track is so intense but it was a situation where I really relished and loved every moment of it.

“I felt much more comfortable in the car today and felt that we did a good job in races one and two to make some progress through the pack, ready for race three with the soft tyre. The pace in race three was really strong and finding myself battling inside the top 10 was a dream start to my BTCC career. It’s such a shame that we incurred a drive-through penalty, as that pushed us out of the points.

“A big thanks to the team for their hard work and commitment to helping me settle in so quickly, I hope I did them and my family proud on my first outing in the BTCC.”

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Jack Butel: “The weekend was actually really positive considering the outcome and the results we were left with. On Saturday we did find the setup issues and changed things after race two and suddenly the car came alive.

“Race three is where I really thought my fortunes had changed. Starting from 20th and making my way up to 11th and fighting for a place in the top 10 really showed how strong the pace was in the car. Unfortunately, the race ended with a DNF after an incident at the final hairpin.

“I feel we have a good setup for Knockhill and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and putting all we have learnt into practice.” © 2024
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