LLOYD MAINTAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TOP EIGHT AT THRUXTON AS TOP ROOKIE Daniel Lloyd maintained his top eight position in the ELF Renault Clio Cup driver standings during round three of the championship at Thruxton in Hampshire this afternoon,...
LLOYD MAINTAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TOP EIGHT AT THRUXTON AS TOP ROOKIE
Daniel Lloyd maintained his top eight position in the ELF Renault Clio Cup driver standings during round three of the championship at Thruxton in Hampshire this afternoon, Saturday, 25th April, after producing an excellent performance to claim his second top 10 race finish of the season and emerge as the best of the newcomers.
Although the 17-year-old category rookie was disappointed to have qualified an uncharacteristic 17th on the grid for the first of the weekend's Clio Cup encounters, he raced brilliantly to record a ninth place finish just seven 10ths of a second shy of the top eight and half a second ahead of Clio Cup veteran Steven Hunter to add 12 points to his championship tally.
"I'm really pleased with today's result", said Daniel, "We didn't expect it after a difficult run in qualifying but in the end it worked it out quite well. It wasn't an easy race and I did have some grip problems but it was good to race hard with experienced drivers like (Steven) Hunter. To come away with a ninth place today is great, hopefully starting 13th tomorrow we can be in the top 10 again."
The Scammonden-based youngster made a good start to this afternoon's race and managed to avoid a tangle at the complex on the opening lap, which eliminated several drivers, to rise into the top 10. The incident, however, resulted in the deployment of the Safety Car which remained on track for five laps.
At the re-start, Daniel ran well in a tight battle with Lee Pattison and Steven Hunter and as the laps ticked away, the Team Pyro racer began to apply more and more pressure to the latter as he looked for a way by.
The breakthrough came a couple of laps from the finish when Daniel moved into ninth place with a good move on his vastly more experienced rival and he went on to take the chequered flag less than four seconds shy of the top six.
While this morning's half-hour qualifying session didn't quite go according to plan for Daniel, his consistency nonetheless saw him produce a strong second fastest lap which was good enough to place him on the seventh row of the grid for round four tomorrow lunchtime, Sunday, 26th April.
The 12-lap race, which is scheduled to start at 12.55, is expected to be screened live on ITV4 which can be viewed at channel 28 on Freeview, via cable channel 117 and on Sky Digital at channel 120.