Daniel LloydELF Renault Clio Cup front-runner Daniel Lloyd cannot wait for the penultimate event of the 2009 season at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit next weekend, 19th/20th September, as he seeks his elusive first podium finish in the British Touring Car Championship-supporting category.

Daniel, who lives in Scammonden near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, has been a revelation in the hugely competitive Clio Cup this year after graduating from the Ginetta Junior Championship at the end of 2008. Against some of the quickest and most talented saloon car drivers in the country, he has most certainly acquitted himself well and is currently a highly creditable 10th overall in the standings.

With a string of excellent points finishes over the course of the first 16 races, including three top sixes and eight other top 10 results, Daniel has really come into his own since switching to the Total Control Racing team ahead of rounds seven and eight at Oulton Park in May. Since that time, he has finished inside the top nine on all but two occasions and one of those was an enforced retirement.

Unfortunate to miss out on a maiden Clio Cup podium during the last event at Silverstone a fortnight ago, Daniel has proven time and again he has the pace to challenge right at the front. Rockingham is actually one of his favourite tracks and although he’s only ever driven a Clio there once before, the 17-year-old is hoping the Northamptonshire circuit could provide a breakthrough moment for him.

“I’ve only tested a Clio once before at Rockingham and that was during the winter series test day last November ”, commented Daniel, “I don’t know what to expect totally as we’ve only had that one run before but I do like Rockingham, it’s a good track and I’m really looking forward to the races.

“We’ve proven the pace is there to run at the front and be consistently in the top six and to be in the top 10 of the championship with just a couple of events to go is great for our first season in Clios. If things go our way at Rockingham we should have a good chance of taking our best result of the year. The car has been great and the team is doing a fantastic job so I’m feeling very positive.”

Pre-event testing for the penultimate event of the season will take place on Friday, 18th September, at the Corby track with qualifying for rounds 17 and 18 currently timetabled to get underway at around 14.45 on Saturday, 19th September.

Both races will be held on Sunday, 20th September, with round 17 beginning proceedings at 10.00 and round 18 following at approximately 15.15. Live television coverage of the second race, at least, will be screened on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4. Please check listings for further details.

2009 Provisional ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd16):
1st Philip Glew, 462pts; 2nd Alex MacDowall, 351pts; 10th Daniel Lloyd, 181pts