PORSCHE NEWCOMER LLOYD CLIMBS PODIUM ON DEBUT WEEKEND
Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd made a huge impression on the prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship during the opening event of the 2012 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, 31st March/1st April, by taking an outstanding second place finish in round two.
Delivering a star performance in qualifying, securing a sensational third on the grid for round one on Saturday afternoon and an even better front row start for Sunday’s televised encounter, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar certainly garnered plenty of attention on his championship debut.
On course for a potential podium challenge in round one, until a puncture at one third race distance wrecked his hopes and led to a spin and hefty contact with the barriers at Paddock Hill Bend, Daniel bounced back tremendously in round two where he finished just 1.2 seconds shy of the win.
“I was gutted with what happened on Saturday, you never want something like that to happen but to happen in my first Porsche race was horrible”, said the TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire-backed racer.
“To come back and get second place though in race two was the perfect response, absolutely awesome – massive thanks to the guys at Team Parker Racing for getting the car repaired, they did a fantastic job.”
In qualifying, Daniel was nothing short of remarkable – so outstanding, in fact, it was the best ever start to a season for any Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship winner. Posting the third fastest time of 46.179 seconds (94.16mph) to claim a second row start for his category debut, his next best lap of 46.258 seconds secured an improved front row start for round two.
Although having to concede third place at the start of race one on Saturday afternoon to experienced Porsche racer Jonas Gelzinis, Daniel maintained his composure and proceeded to produce very quick and consistent lap times to keep the pressure on the top three. Following a short Safety Car period, at the re-start on lap five he pressed on and posted a best lap just 0.2 seconds shy of the fastest of all.
Everything then went awry at the start of lap 11 when heading into Paddock Hill Bend. Feeling an issue developing with the left-rear tyre towards the end of the previous lap, as Daniel adopted his line for the first corner the tyre failed and snapped his Porsche into a fast spin, off and into the barriers.
Determined to make amends in round two, Daniel held off Gelzinis for second place at the first corner and pressured race leader and 2011 Vice-Champion Michael Meadows throughout the 34-lapper. Able to make perfect re-starts following a brace of Safety Car periods, the Yorkshireman continued to press Meadows and only missed out on the fastest lap of the race by a mere 0.2 seconds once again.
“Normally my Safety Car re-starts haven’t been a strong point but I managed to nail them both in the second race”, said Daniel, “The car was a real handful actually at the end so it took everything for me to keep it on track, I’m delighted with the result though and to have been so strong all weekend.
“It’s still all a massive learning curve for me and I think a 34 lap race is the longest I’ve ever done. It’s especially tough on a short track like the Indy Circuit– it’s tough on your mind and tough physically too but everything went well in the end. To be on the podium on my first weekend is fantastic.”
There are now just two weeks to wait until the third and fourth rounds of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship take place at Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire – the home event for Team Parker Racing – over the weekend 14th/15th April.