SCAMMONDEN racer Daniel Lloyd wrote his name into the record books at a blustery and wet Thruxton.
Lloyd became the first ever Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar to claim victory – and that in only the sixth race of his debut season in the prestigious championship.
In a wildly unpredictable encounter the Huddersfield youngster overcame serious understeer problems on his Porsche 911 GT3 to somehow conquer the treacherous, slippery conditions to win.
The result, coupled with fifth place in round five, hoisted him into the championship top three and more accolades followed the second encounter when Lloyd was named the Porsche Carrera Cup GB ‘Driver of the Weekend’.
“It was such a hard race, we had a hard weekend full stop, so it was just amazing to come away with my first win in Porsche – unbelievable!,” said the 20-year-old.
“Massive thanks to everyone who has made this happen, Porsche GB for the Scholarship prize, the guys at Team Parker Racing, my fantastic sponsors and, of course, my family – especially my dad who’s been there through thick and thin.”
Starting eighth on the grid, following a tough rain-affected qualifying session, Lloyd made a blistering start and rocketed through from the fourth row to slice his way into the top four.
He soon grabbed third before a remarkable move on points leader Michael Meadows for second at the fearsome Church Corner.
Lloyd coped with the wet conditions superbly and made his intentions clear with the fastest lap on the fourth tour.
He then set about reeling in race leader Rory Butcher, and over the final four laps, Lloyd ate into Butcher’s increased two second advantage and on lap 19 at Church he served up a sensational pass to grab the lead.
Butcher didn’t want to concede and held the inside line up Woodham Hill but at the chicane an attempt to out-brake Daniel led to the Scotsman losing the rear of his car – leaving Lloyd no option but to go wide to avoid contact.
Holding first place into the penultimate lap, Lloyd came under increasing pressure from experienced Porsche campaigner Glynn Geddie but he held firm and took the flag 0.5 seconds clear on lap 21.
He also set the fastest lap of those drivers remaining on slick tyres with a time of 1.26.405 seconds.
“As the track was drying more and more I started to lose touch with Rory (Butcher) and Michael (Meadows) was catching me again,” said Lloyd.
“Then it started to spit with rain again and so the problems were not so marked – the car was a handful, but not as bad as it was before.”
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship now takes a six-week break from action with rounds seven and eight of the season scheduled to take place on June 9-10 at the first of two ‘home’ events for Lloyd, the annual visit to Oulton Park Island Circuit.
The hiatus in the championship calendar works perfectly for Lloyd as on Sunday, May 13, he will run the Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon on behalf of his nominated 2012 charity the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. To support Daniel visit http://www.justgiving.com/daniellloydracing-halfmarathon