Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Daniel Lloyd endured the most trying event of his maiden season in the high-profile sportscar championship at Rockingham over the weekend, 22nd/23rd September, but the Huddersfield racer remains in the series top six with just four races remaining in 2012.

While disappointed to qualify seventh and sixth for rounds 15 and 16 respectively, the 20-year-old was only 0.4 seconds shy of pole position in each instance but the races went awry with contact in both unfortunately spoiling his hopes of closing down the points leaders.

Despite overcast skies, Sunday morning’s first race remained dry throughout and Daniel got away well from the line to maintain seventh position and apply pressure to category returnee, and former double champion, James Sutton.

Running within just a few tenths of a second of the top six, although struggling with understeer, the TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire-backed racer remained close behind Sutton until the penultimate lap when he saw his chance to try and pass into Deene Hairpin.

Positioning his Porsche towards the inside line, late on the brakes, as the pair turned in towards the apex of the corner Daniel unintentionally made the lightest of contact with the rear-left quarter of Sutton’s car – resulting in a spin for the latter as Daniel went through into sixth. Post-race, he was demoted to ninth in the final classification though due to the application of a 16 second penalty.

Round 16, which took place in very wet and rainy conditions, wasn’t any better for the Team Parker Racing driver as contact on the run towards Deene on lap one, while sandwiched between the cars of Jonas Gelzinis and Andrew Meyrick, resulted in an immediate retirement.

“It’s not been a great weekend to say the least”, said Daniel, “Testing was decent but in qualifying we were a fair chunk off to be honest and just really struggled, everyone in the team was surprised by that as it wasn’t expected at all.

“In the first race I struggled massively with understeer the whole time, not much more to say than that. The contact with James [Sutton] was unfortunate, I braked late and thought the move was done but at the last second the car locked-up and we had the slightest touch – it was a real shame.”

He added: “In race two I couldn’t see anything going round the banking at the start, there was so much spray it was difficult to judge where you were on track. I saw Andy [Meyrick] on the outside and used him as a marker, then I pulled out of the spray but those in front braked hard and all of a sudden I was sandwiched between [Jonas] Gelzinis and Andy and there wasn’t anything I could do.”

Although bitterly disappointed with the visit to Rockingham, the West Yorkshireman is now looking ahead to the next two rounds of the championship at Silverstone on 6th/7th October. He will head to the Northamptonshire track sixth in the standings, 23 points clear of his closest pursuer.

Follow Daniel on Twitter @Daniellloyd23 and for the latest news visit www.daniellloydracing.com

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Driver Standings (after Rd16):
1st Michael Meadows, 271pts; 6th Daniel Lloyd, 168pts

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.