Hywel bounces back from double whammy at wet Brands Hatch
member Hywel Lloyd bounced back from a Brand Hatch double whammy to get among the points
in the British Formula Three International Series. The 26-year-old from Corwen was caught
in a double-decker sandwich in the second race of the meeting at the Kent circuit after
limping out of the first race four laps from the end.
But Lloyd fought back to gun
his Dallara Mercedes car to seventh place in the final race of the meeting after he and
his Sino Vision Racing team worked wonders to get his car onto the starting grid.
Lloyd qualified in 12th place for the rain-affected
first race and after a pit stop to switch to slick tyres as the circuit dried out he was
charging through the field when he spun on a damp patch, caught the kerb and was forced
out of the race with suspension damage.
He said: I was really going for it to try to get
into the points and just pushed a bit too hard. I was gutted when I found out that two of
the drivers in front of me were under penalty which would have pushed me up to tenth and
into the points. All I had to do was keep my nose clean over the last four laps and
Id have been there and to make matters worse they did the draw for grid positions in
Race Two afterwards and tenth place drew pole position! Considering I was down in 18th
place I was pretty gutted for a while but you just have to get on with it.
Things got worse for Lloyd in Race Two which, for him,
lasted less than 100 yards: 'I didnt even get out of first gear! got a good start and so did the car alongside me.
Unfortunately the two cars in front didnt and we had four cars trying to get through
a narrow space. Fahmi Ilyas was forced across and he hit me and broke my right suspension
and that was that, apart from us having to battle to get the car ready for the afternoon
That went more smoothly with Lloyd quickly away in wet
conditions and with more rain midway through the race and he worked his way up to seventh:
It was prettydifficult because of the rain and the spray. The visibility was very
poor and the spray really hangs around in the wooded part of the circuit . You are driving
on instinct really. You just have to judge where you are on the track and try not to make
any mistakes because were still in sixth gear most of the way and doing speeds of up
Lloyd and his team now have only a ten-day break before
the next meeting at Germanys legendary Nurburgring, where he has never driven before
but he plans to do something about that next week.
'Were driving across on Tuesday because you can
actually pay to drive the circuit so when I get there Ill hire a performance car and
have a crack at it. In the meantime the Playstation Three will be getting some attention
because the Nurburgring is on there too!'
Television coverage of the Brands Hatch meeting will be
on Channel 4 at 7am this Sunday, June 25, and on Motors TV at 4.25pm the same day.
For more on Hywel Lloyd go to www.f3racing.co.uk
Alistair Syme Ceidiog Communication for CF Racing