ELF Renault Clio Cup star Daniel Lloyd ended his rookie campaign a mere four points shy of the coveted top 10.
The Scammonden star gave a determined drive in the final race of the year at Brands Hatch.
Visiting the Kent venue’s full 2.3-mile Grand Prix track for the first time, the 17-year-old headed into the season finale hopeful of a championship-best result having led a Clio Cup race for the first time two weeks previously at Rockingham.
While a tricky qualifying session left him 12th on the grid for the first race, he was driving superbly until a collision with Aron Smith at Druids pitched Lloyd into an immediate retirement. The Irishman was later docked two championship points by race officials.
It was only a third failure to finish all season for Lloyd.
In the final race of the season, Round 20, there was an even sterner test for the former Ginetta Junior race winner, with an under-steering car and an uncharacteristically low grid position making life very difficult indeed.
Nonetheless, Lloyd did well to finish in seventh place, just 0.6 seconds behind Robert Gaffney.
Although disappointed to end the season with such a problematic race meeting, Lloyd has certainly impressed on debut.
He said: “It’s a disappointing way to finish my first season in Clios but it’s been a good year and I’ve learned a lot, especially since we joined TCR a few events into the championship. We’ve had our ups and downs but we have taken some good results. Hopefully we can raise the budget we need for next year to come back and fight for podiums, race wins and maybe even the championship.”
Now the hunt is on for more sponsors and commercial partners.
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