Scammonden racer Daniel Lloyd is relishing his return to action in the Blancpain Sprint Series at Zandvoort in Holland at the weekend.
It is seven weeks since his season-best performance at Brands Hatch in May.
Piloting a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 for the Bhai Tech Racing team, his maiden campaign in endurance style racing, the 22-year-old and teammate Sten Pentus have been making good progress and head into round three of the Sprint Series bidding for their first top 10 finish.
In the previous round on at Brands, the pairing made a marked improvement from the season-opening event at Nogaro, in France, and they were unfortunate to miss out on chalking-up their first points of the year.
Lloyd impressed with a good drive in the qualification race, where the No61 McLaren finished in 10th position, and went on to place 12th in the main race.
“We’re feeling positive going into Zandvoort”, said Lloyd. “We had two test days out at the Slovakia Ring last week, it was good to get back behind the wheel of the McLaren and good to have some time in the car after such a big break in the calendar since Brands.
“The top 10 has to be the aim next weekend. We had the pace to be in the points last time out so hopefully we can do that at Zandvoort.
“I’d love to try and get in the top five or six, but we’ll have to see where we are after practice and qualifying.”
During the break between ‘Sprint Series’ events, of course, the former Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar joined the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing Team for a debut outing in the sister Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit where he shone in the three-hour event.
Returning to the 60-minute race format next weekend, Lloyd is relishing the prospect of racing at the renowned 2.7-mile Dutch track for the first time.
“I’ve never been to Zandvoort before but the track looks awesome, I’m really looking forward to racing there”, Lloyd added.
“Blancpain Endurance was fantastic, but I’m looking forward just as much to being back in the Sprint Series, you’re properly flat out there start-to-finish and the two race format is more what I’ve been used to.
“Hopefully it’ll be a good weekend.”
Following free practice at Zandvoort on Friday, qualifying and the qualification race will take place on Saturday, and on Sunday the main race starts at 10.45am.
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