Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Daniel Lloyd managed to keep hold of his position in the top four of the championship standings at Croft Circuit over the weekend, 22nd/23rd June, despite two incredibly tough, and unbelievably unfortunate, races at the North Yorkshire venue.
With realistic hopes of continuing his recent podium-finishing form, especially after qualifying third fastest for rounds nine and 10 of the season, the Team Parker Racing driver was caught-up in contact in both encounters – limiting him to a best finish of sixth place in Saturday’s first outing.
Making a good start to the first 15-lap race, the Huddersfield 21-year-old looked to try and pass series leader Michael Meadows for second place through the first turn, Clervaux, but contact pitched him into a spin which dropped him to last place.
Mounting a strong recovery, Daniel carved his way back through the order impressively and charged through into the top six before the finish to salvage some hard-earned points and limit the damage to his championship position.
Determined to make amends in the live, televised second race on Sunday, the West Yorkshireman again got away well from the line to maintain third place and followed Meadows and race leader Dean Stoneman closely through Clervaux.
At the exit of the corner though, Stoneman braked sharply which caused a concertina-effect for the cars behind and resulted in Meadows hitting the back of the leader’s car, in turn causing Daniel to tag the back of Meadows.
Rory Butcher and James Birch didn’t have time to react either, Butcher ramming the back of Daniel’s Porsche as Birch ploughed into the Scotsman. With the incident eliminating no less than five cars, officials viewed the footage post-race and decided to exclude Stoneman for his part in the incident.
Although Daniel didn’t score any points, retiring shortly after the contact with damage to his radiator and engine, Stoneman’s exclusion does mean the impact to the Porsche Scholar’s title bid wasn’t as bad as it might have been and he goes into the summer break only 12 points shy of third place.
“I got off to a good start off the line, into the first corner it all looked good”, said Daniel reflecting on round 10, “It was pretty obvious there’d be no overtaking into the second tight corner so I just got ready to brake as normal but, before we knew it, Dean [Stoneman] had stamped on the brakes as if he was coming to halt.
“Michael [Meadows] hit Dean, did his radiator, I then hit Michael, which did my rad, and then Butcher and Birch didn’t have chance to stop either. We think it may have wrecked the engine as well so it’s pretty bad to be honest.”
Following a lengthy six-week summer sojourn, the second half of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship season will get underway on 3rd/4th August at Snetterton 300 Circuit in East Anglia.
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2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Standings (after Rd10):
1st Michael Meadows, 163pts; 4th Daniel Lloyd, 117pts
Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.