The World’s Awakening: Who Was Kevin Lloyd?

This article was never finished, but I thought to publish it anyway.

The lower backbone of the more junior levels of motorsport, the privateers are the drivers who do everything in house and receive very little support from the manufacturers or factory teams. They aren’t rookies in that they have no intention of doing this for a living (whereas a rookie is often indecisive on that), and they aren’t journeymen in that they usually stick to one series (whereas a journeyman is usually nomadic). Privateers usually have many fans mainly for how hard they try, despite often running towards the back. However, just because they race for fun doesn’t mean they aren’t exempt from the dangers of racing.

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Credit to BBC

Father of two Kevin Lloyd of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England was one such privateer. Kevin harbored an interest in racing, and sponsored Jason Templeman in the Renault Clio Cup Series UK with his electrical firm, Kal-Tec, in 2002. Templeman was involved in a somewhat well known accident at Brands Hatch where he was spun out of the lead and stalled on track, only to be hit by Bob Smith. Templeman was uninjured, though Bob suffered several broken bones. Templeman later went elsewhere, and Lloyd hopped in the car towards the end of the season.

In 2003, Lloyd stayed in the series, running for the Total Racing Control team, which was run by Lee Brookes, a former BTCC competitor and a good friend of his.

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Credit to ClioCup.com (Kevin is #7)

Unfortunately, Lloyd still didn’t do much that season, and he and Brookes amicably went their separate ways at the end of the year. Lloyd started his own team, still known as Kal-Tec, over the off-season. He was not a frontrunner in his self-owned car, but his jolly nature and his will to race made him a popular face on the pit road. He even had a nickname: Lightweight Lloyd, due to his weight. It appears he took this nickname in good fun.

Kevin Lloyd died on May 29th, 2004. His car went straight during the closing stages of race 9 of the championship at Thruxton and struck the tire wall on the outside of the semi-fast Noble Corner. The race was ended so the medical crew could attend to Lloyd, but he’d suffered heavy injuries and died at the scene. It was ruled a freak accident.

This was one of only two fatalities in the history of Clio Cup, and is the most recent. It was simply unfortunate to have befallen a privateer.

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