PROMISING junior racer Daniel Lloyd’s bid for an Oulton Park podium ended prematurely when contact on lap two from rival Aaron Williamson ended the teenager’s front-running challenge in round 16 of the Ginetta Junior Championship.

Having qualified seventh on the grid for the second race of the weekend, Daniel had plenty of work to do, but off the start he immediately gained a couple of positions and looked on course to challenge for a fourth podium visit of the campaign.

Slipping to sixth at the hairpin on lap one behind Fergus Walkinshaw, Daniel wasn’t fazed and was confident he had the pace to work his way through into the top three over the remaining seven laps.

On lap two at the hairpin, however, Williamson tagged the rear of the Scammonden-based racer’s car and pitched Lloyd into a spin.

The 16-year-old worked hard to get back into the race but by lap four was 4.4 seconds adrift of ninth-placed Ashley Craig.

By the end of the eight-lap race Lloyd had closed to within less than a 10th of a second of Craig in 10th place but, after a post-race decision by the Clerk of the Course to take away Williamson’s fifth place – due to contact after the chequered flag with Walkinshaw – Lloyd was promoted into ninth.

Disappointed to lose ground in the championship, he has already put this weekend’s less than favourable event behind him and is now looking forward to his first visit to Knockhill, Scotland, in three weeks time for rounds 17 and 18 rounds of the Ginetta Junior season.

“I was really looking forward to this weekend’s event so it’s very disappointing to have come away without a podium finish at least,” said Lloyd.

“We had such high hopes to begin with but qualifying didn’t work out for us and then I was hit by (Aaron) Williamson on lap two. By the time I had recovered, the front-runners had long gone.”