DONINGTON PARK TEST PRODUCES BEST FORM OF YEAR FROM LLOYD Team Pyro's Daniel Lloyd produced season-best form during official ELF Renault Clio Cup testing at Donington Park National Circuit today, Thursday, 14th May -- the teenager from West ...
DONINGTON PARK TEST PRODUCES BEST FORM OF YEAR FROM LLOYD
Team Pyro's Daniel Lloyd produced season-best form during official ELF Renault Clio Cup testing at Donington Park National Circuit today, Thursday, 14th May -- the teenager from West Yorkshire just missing out on ending the afternoon session fastest of all.
Concluding the dry 50-minute morning session an excellent ninth quickest with a lap of 1m19.253 seconds (88.90mph), just six 10ths of a second away from Alex MacDowall's timesheet-topping best, Daniel steered his 2.0-litre Clio to ninth position again in the changeable afternoon run.
Into the final minute of the day's second session, on a drying track, the 17-year-old from Scammonden actually went to the head of the times with a lap of 1m 19.731 seconds (88.37mph) and looked set to retain the place on his final run. However, a slight moment at McLeans saw the championship rookie lose vital time.
With the track continuing to dry and offering quicker and quicker laps, 16 of the 24 drivers managed to improve on their final runs with eight of them pushing Daniel down to an eventual finishing position of ninth place overall and the second quickest category newcomer.
Although frustrated following the last lap mistake, Daniel was buoyed by his performance today which saw him able to match some of the experienced championship front-runners.
He commented: "Everything felt really comfortable today, I really enjoyed it. The first session went very well, finishing in ninth place was promising, but in the changeable conditions in the afternoon we had a great chance to be fastest in the session.
"It was all about being in the right place at the right time on the drying track. I went fastest just before going on to the last lap of the session but a small mistake at McLeans meant I couldn't go quicker as a few others did. I'm frustrated as I know we could have been top but it's a great start to the weekend and we're looking in good shape. I reckon we could definitely have our best weekend of the year."
Qualifying for rounds five and six of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup will be held on Saturday, 16th May, at 11.40 at Donington Park's National Circuit with the first race of the weekend scheduled to start at around 17.15.
Round six of the season is timetabled for 13.30 on Sunday, 17th May, and will be broadcast live on ITV4 across the UK -- channel 120 on Sky Digital, cable channel 117 and Freeview channel 28.
This weekend's action marks Daniel's first working with new commercial partner ZICO, an American sports drink brand which is new-to-market in the UK. Throughout the Donington event samples will be available at the Team Pyro awning, so if you're visiting the track be sure to pop by and try some!