CAREER BEST CLIO CUP RESULT FOR LLOYD AT BAKING HOT CROFT Total Control Racing's Daniel Lloyd produced a career best ELF Renault Clio Cup performance at a baking hot Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire this afternoon, Saturday, 13th June, with a ...
CAREER BEST CLIO CUP RESULT FOR LLOYD AT BAKING HOT CROFT
Total Control Racing's Daniel Lloyd produced a career best ELF Renault Clio Cup performance at a baking hot Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire this afternoon, Saturday, 13th June, with a superb drive into the coveted top six from 10th on the grid.
Improving all the time since joining TCR prior to the Oulton Park races a fortnight ago, the 17-year-old from Scammonden near Huddersfield concluded round nine of the 2009 championship easily the highest placed of the category rookies and heads into Sunday's race -- which will be televised live on ITV4 -- an increasingly comfortable ninth in the driver standings.
"I made a really good start today, got off the line well and then made another place at the first corner and one more at the second corner", said Daniel, "In the top seven, I then had a lot of pressure from (Stephen) Tyldsley while I tried to think about attacking Dave Newsham ahead as well. Into the hairpin a couple of laps later I got Newsham with a really good move.
"Then I caught Carl Bradley, it was very hard to overtake him. I did try but it didn't really work out and then I had to defend Newsham again but managed that ok to stay about half a second ahead. The car felt good today, thanks to TCR for that, and sixth is a great result for us especially from 10th on the grid. I can't wait for tomorrow's race now, hopefully we can do the same again."
The West Yorkshire racer started the weekend very well indeed with the ninth quickest time overall during Friday's practice sessions -- eighth quickest of the championship regulars with series returnee Stefan Hodgetts setting the outright pace.
During this morning's 30-minute qualifying session, Daniel posted the 10th fastest lap of 1m32.786 seconds (82.44mph) while his second best lap -- which sets his starting position for Sunday afternoon's 10th round of the season -- was good enough for ninth on the grid, a time of 1m32.845 seconds.
After making a great start to today's 12-lap encounter, the TCR ace stormed through into seventh position on the opening lap and soon started to put veteran racer Dave Newsham under a lot of pressure as he sought a way through into the top six.
All over the back of Newsham's Clio into the Sunny In and Sunny Out sequence of right-hand corners on the third tour, Daniel moved ahead into sixth place before the end of the lap and immediately set about his pursuit of Carl Bradley in fifth who was just over a second ahead.
Closing the gap to Bradley at a rate of between two and three 10ths of a second per lap, he was in a position to attempt a pass on lap nine at the hairpin. Running side-by-side all the way across the start/finish line on lap 10 and into Clervaux Corner, Daniel was on the outside for the first turn and had to concede fifth position back to Bradley.
This battle had enabled Newsham to close on the pair but Daniel drove brilliantly to maintain his sixth position and scoop his biggest single race points haul of the campaign. Beginning the weekend six points clear in the championship of nearest pursuer, and fellow rookie, James Colburn, Daniel has extended his advantage over the chasing pack to 13 points.
The 10th round of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup is timetabled to get underway at around 15.15 tomorrow, Sunday, 14th June, and will be beamed live across the UK on ITV4 -- channel 120 on Sky Digital, through cable channel 117 and via Freeview channel 28.
2009 Provisional ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd9): 1st Philip Glew, 267pts; 2nd Alex MacDowall, 239pts; 9th Daniel Lloyd, 104pts