DANIEL LLOYD has his sights set on nothing other than victory when the Ginetta Junior Championship visits the Oulton Park Island Circuit, Cheshire, this weekend.
Having already visited the top step of the podium during his debut year of car racing action, the 16-year-old will take to the challenging 2.23-mile track looking to improve on his third place in the championship – a great effort in his debut season since graduating from karts.
Lloyd had been excluded from the results of the 12th round of the season at Croft after an appeal by series leader Dino Zamparelli.
Contact between the pair resulted in Zamparelli retiring from round 12 with broken steering and Lloyd lost his points for the win.
However, the Scammonden-based teenager is looking forward to racing in Cheshire and said: “Oulton Park is a great circuit.
“I think it’s a bit like Croft in as much as there are some technical sections that you need to get just right.
“It’s like another home event for us really. I don’t live all that far away, so I’m aiming to put on a good show and fight for some more wins.”
The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship winner added: “There’s still a chance we could win the title but I’m more focused on winning as many races as possible.
“If we can do that, the championship will look after itself.”
Ginetta Junior Championship positions: 1 Dino Zamparelli, 395pts, 2 Thomas Carnaby 342, 3 Daniel Lloyd 261.
In addition, Lloyd has enjoyed his first test run at the wheel of one of Ginetta’s outstanding G50 race cars during an outing on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Leeds-based marque, the Ginetta G50 is a purpose-built thoroughbred British racer which bridges the gap between one-make sports-car racing and GT competition. It is powered by a 3.5-litre, V6 Ford engine, the G50 produces around 300bhp.
Viewed by Lloyd as a serious option of where to further his racing career in 2009 – he seems certain to step up – the G50 Championship is going from strength to strength.
He said: “The test was absolutely mint. The G50 is an awesome car, the power and the grip is incredible and obviously much more than I’ve been used to in the Ginetta Junior Championship. It was the first time I’d ever been on the full Grand Prix track too and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.”