A famous British motor-sporting name made a return to the tracks when Lloyd Allard – grandson of Sidney Allard – made his debut in the Volkswagen Racing Cup.
Twenty-eight-year-old Lloyd, whose grandfather was not only the first Briton to win the Monte Carlo Rally but also the founder of the Allard sports car marque, put in an impressive showing at the wheel of his turbodiesel Golf to claim fourth and fifth places in respective races.
The Monmouth man’s efforts earned him the championship’s Driver of the Day award. It was not only his debut in the Volkswagen Racing Cup but also his first race at Brands Hatch.
“I’m very pleased with the way things have gone,” said Allard. “It has been a bit fraught getting the car here in time and to finish in the top five in both races, at a circuit I don’t know, is great.”
His Golf TDI arrived in the country only last week from Portugal and was prepared for the event, literally with minutes to spare, by Dave Turner’s Volkswagen and Audi Centre team.
It’s only the second turbodiesel to contest the championship. Last year Michael Neuhoff drove a Golf TDI to the world’s first sprint race victory by a diesel car.
Allard is hoping to match Neuhoff’s pace soon. “We haven’t even started to develop the Golf,” he said, “and we know there is plenty more performance to come.”
The Golf is backed by Allard Turbosport, the Volkswagen and Audi Centre and by Oettinger.