LLOYD AIMING TO END MAIDEN CLIO SEASON ON A HIGH AT BRANDS GP Daniel Lloyd's first season of competition in the high-profile ELF Renault Clio Cup championship will come to a conclusion at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit next weekend, 3rd/4th ...
LLOYD AIMING TO END MAIDEN CLIO SEASON ON A HIGH AT BRANDS GP
Daniel Lloyd's first season of competition in the high-profile ELF Renault Clio Cup championship will come to a conclusion at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit next weekend, 3rd/4th October, and the 17-year-old is fully focused on capping off his debut campaign with his best results of the year.
Rounds 19 and 20 will mark a return for the Clio Cup to the full length configuration of the Kent track which it last visited in 2005 and the races will therefore be Daniel's first on that particular layout, a challenge the Scammonden racer is greatly looking forward to.
Edging closer and closer to a debut podium, Daniel led a Clio Cup race for the first time at Rockingham last time out but was cruelly robbed of a potential maiden win when a slow puncture led to his car running off line at the end of lap eight. The resulting contact with the concrete wall surrounding Turn 4 of the Northamptonshire track's oval meant an immediate retirement.
Having set the pace for over half of the race, the outcome was bitterly disappointing for Daniel but he bounced back well in the second of the weekend's two encounters with a season's best finish of fifth position. More impressive was the fact he managed to battle in amongst the race leaders with a car that was well below par following the earlier contact with the circuit's retaining wall.
Although he has no experience of the Brands Hatch GP track, Daniel is greatly looking forward to the season finale and aims to steer his Total Control Racing-entered Clio to the front of the grid before hopefully challenging for his first podium to round out the season in style.
"Rockingham was so disappointing for me and the team, we had really good pace and I felt totally comfortable leading for the first time", explained Daniel, "The win was there for the taking and what happened was just really bad luck. The team did an unbelievable job though to get my car repaired as well as possible and to take a top five in the second race was a good result.
"It's been frustrating being so close to a win, and at the very least a podium, and even though I've never even driven the full Grand Prix track at Brands in a race car before, I'm feeling confident we can do a good job there. Hopefully we can end the year with a couple of strong finishes. I want to be on the podium but we'll have to wait and see where we are after qualifying."
Pre-event practice for the season finale will take place on Friday, 2nd October, with qualifying currently scheduled for 11.15 on Saturday, 3rd October, and round 19 set to follow at 16.20. The last race of the season, round 20, is timetabled to take place at 15.05 on Sunday, 4th October, and will be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4.