ELF Renault Clio Cup rookie Daniel Lloyd capped off an impressive weekend by claiming his third top 10 finish of the year.
Racing in the fourth round of the season at Thruxton, Hampshire, the Scammonden-based Team Pyro driver battled with some highly experienced saloon car campaigners, includingchampionship regulars Carl Bradley and Alex MacDowall.
He emerged with a deserved 10th place finish, cementing his growing reputation as one of the most promising newcomers in the category.
He is now ninth in the driver standings and 17-year-old Lloyd was in great form during the 12 lap race.
Starting from 13th on the grid, he had his work cut out as he tried to find as much space as possible, but finally carved his way through to a top ten finish.
“It’s great to have finished in the top 10 again.
“It was a good race and it was important for us to score consistently to maintain our place in the championship top 10,” said Lloyd.
“I didn’t get away from the grid too badly, but it all got a bit tight during the first couple of laps and so I couldn’t make up as many places as I had hoped.
“In the end it didn’t work out too badly though.”
With four solid results from the opening rounds, Daniel is just four points behind of eighth placed Mike Robinson in the championship standings who, in turn, is 20 points shy of the coveted top six.
Lloyd’s next track outing will come during official ELF Renault Clio Cup testing at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on Thursday, May 7.
Rounds five and six of the 2009 season are then scheduled to follow just over a week later on May 16-17, at the Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire.