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Daniel LloydPorsche 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.

Daniel LloydPorsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar Daniel Lloyd got the 2013 season off to a competitive start at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, 30th/31st March, with a deserved podium finish, in front of the live ITV4 cameras, during the televised second round of the campaign at the freezing cold Kent track.

Bouncing back impressively from the disappointment of a non-finish in Saturday afternoon’s first race, the Huddersfield driver worked his way through from fifth on the grid in round two on Sunday to take an impressive top three result.

Although vexed to begin the second encounter from the third row of the grid, having lapped a mere 0.1 seconds shy of pole position in an unbelievably tight qualifying session, the 21-year-old made a good getaway but remained fifth through the first turn, Paddock Hill Bend.

Pressuring reigning champion Michael Meadows during the early stages, on lap seven the 2012 title winner tangled with Rory Butcher giving Daniel the chance to grab fourth. With the leading three cars running almost nose-to-tail, the Team Parker Racing driver pushed to make it a four-way fight and by lap 15 he was in a position to begin thinking about attacking Butcher.

Running right in the Scotsman’s wheeltracks, Daniel’s pressure paid off on lap 23 at Druids Hairpin when Butcher locked his brakes and the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star was able to complete a pass on the run into Graham Hill Bend.

Rapidly closing on second placed Jonas Gelzinis during the final few laps, a potential challenge for the position unfortunately went begging when coolant deposited on the track by another car led to reduced grip, leaving Daniel to settle for third.

“I’m really pleased with that result”, reflected Daniel, “Obviously we had a disaster of a start to the season yesterday, and then starting from fifth on the grid today it was always going to be hard as well. You can’t really expect much at this track when you start there and it’s a dry race and level playing field, so to get on the podium from fifth is great – I’m really happy.

“It was a nice clean race, I didn’t make any mistakes and we had good pace throughout. I was a little bit disappointed there was coolant on the track at the end as I think I would have had a shot at getting [Jonas] Gelzinis, but it is what it is and I’m still pleased with third.”

The “disaster” Daniel referred to from round one on Saturday was contact with Butcher as the duo disputed second place. In tricky conditions, with light snow showers overhead, Daniel made a superb getaway to scythe through from fourth on the grid into second.

With a great start to his championship bid there for the taking, on lap six it all came undone when a challenge from Butcher on the outside into Paddock Hill Bend resulted in the pair tangling – and Daniel’s race ending in the gravel.

“It was one of those things unfortunately”, he explained, “[Rory] Butcher took a mega wide line to square the corner off, I stuck to my normal line – the racing line – but when we got to the middle of the corner we tapped each other and that was it, I just spun out. It wasn’t what we wanted but I’m happy we hit back with a good podium in race two.”

Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire will host rounds three and four of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship three weeks from now, on 20th/21st April.

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2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Standings (after Rd2):
8th Daniel Lloyd, 16pts

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

Daniel LloydHuddersfield racing driver Daniel Lloyd is confident of making a consistently strong start to his 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship title bid at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit this weekend, 30th/31st March, as his eagerly awaited second year in the prestigious sportscar category gets underway.

Enjoying an impressively strong pre-season, in which the Team Parker Racing driver was second quickest during the officially timed group test at Silverstone National Circuit a fortnight ago, Daniel has set his sights on challenging for a podium double during the first two rounds of the campaign.

Running as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar for a second consecutive year, unprecedented in the history of the championship, the 21-year-old is tipped as a true title contender this year and that is certainly a realistic goal.

“The main aim is the championship, I’m definitely going for it”, said the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star, “It’d be nice to have a win at Brands Hatch, but that’s not 100 percent necessary. We just need to get this one under our belts with the best two results we can and then build the season from there – two podiums would be a great start though.”

Having become a race winner in his maiden season, Daniel knows exactly what it takes to run at the front in Porsche Carrera Cup GB. He is, though, more than aware of the incredibly tough challenge which awaits him with reigning champion Michael Meadows returning to defend his title alongside a host of other experienced campaigners.

On his debut weekend in the championship at the corresponding event last year, Daniel starred with two fantastic performances and bounced back from an unfortunate tyre blow-out in race one – at the daunting Paddock Hill Bend – to claim a memorable second place in race two.

“I really think we should be strong this weekend, at Brands last year we went well straight away and would have come away with a second and a fourth place without the blow-out”, he added, “It’s definitely a track we should go well at and we’ve got everything in place for a good season, I’ve got a great team around me and I’m really looking forward to it.”

His first action at Brands Hatch will come during officially timed testing on Good Friday, 29th March, with qualifying and the opening race of the season taking place on Saturday, 30th March, at 11.20 and 17.05 respectively. Round two, which will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, and streamed live on the www.itv.com/btcc website, will get underway at 13.25 on Easter Sunday, 31st March.

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Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

Daniel Lloyd and John GreenwoodCreechurch Private Wealth has announced continued sponsorship of Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship racer Daniel Lloyd for the 2013 season. The firm has pledged increased support as he embarks on his second year in the prestigious category.

Huddersfield-based Daniel, who will again drive for Team Parker Racing, is aiming to build on his impressive rookie season in which he achieved an unprecedented win on his way to sixth in the championship. With the incentive of enhanced backing from Creechurch Private Wealth this year though, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar has his sights set higher.

“We supported Daniel through his rookie season and have substantially increased that support this year”, said Creechurch CEO, John Greenwood, “This reflects both the success of Creechurch and our faith that Daniel will deliver this year.”

Castel, the recently launched UK residential property fund to which Creechurch is master distributor through its Advisory Services division, will also have its logo displayed on Daniel’s Porsche 911 GT3 car throughout the year.

Greenwood added: “We’ve been successful in building a business from scratch over the past few years and empathise entirely with those starting out in their careers. This is where the idea for the Creechurch Sports Academy came from. Our sponsorship season with Daniel last year inspired the thinking behind this.”

Creechurch is a young company which has grown quickly, providing a focused investment approach combined with truly personal service and offering a solution which instinctively knows how to steer a client’s portfolio to success. This skill-set has been developed through a wealth of experience of its established team, gained at leading prestige brands.

Speaking on the confirmation of 2013 support from Creechurch, Daniel said: “I’m very fortunate to have received my scholarship from Porsche at such a young age but, without the help of Creechurch, I wouldn’t be able to race at all. My ultimate dream is to race at Le Mans as a Porsche factory driver, however, this year is all about the tough journey towards winning my first championship.”

Creechurch Private Wealth and Creechurch Advisory Services are divisions of Creechurch Capital Limited, which is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission.

Daniel’s season will begin this weekend, 30th/31st March, with rounds one and two of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship taking place at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.

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Chris DymondMultiple championship winning racing driver Chris Dymond announces Muscle finesse sponsorship.

www.musclefinesse.com are one of the UK’s leading sports supplement, clothing & equipment superstores and will provide Dymond with the vital supplements needed to stay hydrated and focused whilst racing and training.

“Remaining properly hydrated whilst racing is critical, especially in sports cars where cockpit temperatures can climb over 60c even on a cool day. The correct hydration can make all the difference, loosing just 2% of your body weight through sweat can cause up to a 20% drop in concentration and performance, when travelling at over 170mph that’s not good!” Dymond stated.

“It’s fantastic to have Muscle finesse come on board as a partner, to operate at the maximum performance level its vital to have the right support and to supply your body with the right nutrients at the right time. The advice and product knowledge I receive from the team at Muscle finesse is exactly what I need to perform at 100% in and out of the car.” Enthused Dymond

Muscle finesse are one of the UK’s leading sports supplement, clothing & equipment superstores. Operating from a large 24,000sq ft warehouse, they supply over 1000 gyms, shops and ecommerce companies with all of their sports supplements and this huge buying powers means they can offer over 6000 products direct to you at rock-bottom prices.

Use Discount Code: DRIVER10 to receive an additional 10% off your order when you spend £20 or more.

For more information about muscle finesse visit: www.musclefinesse.com

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Photo by Tom Dymond.

Chris Dymond Enigma BikesSports car ace Chris Dymond and British high performance bicycle builder Enigma have joined forces.

Enigma will provide Dymond with cycles for use whilst training and may incorporate some competition. Enigma bikes based near Eastbourne, Sussex produce premium hand built cycle frames from titanium, offering outstanding performance and light weight.

“To have a bike manufacture offer their support is fantastic, I’ve been cycling as training for a few years now and the endurance side is the most important part of my regime. The fit is perfect with motorsport, Enigma’s bike’s share many core values with race cars, from aerodynamics to weight saving and of course engineering excellence, with both types machine utilising about 90% the same materials titanium and carbon fibre.” Dymond enthused.

“The bike will certainly turn heads, we took one to Brands Hatch at the end of last year on a track day and everyone stopped talking about the cars on the track, it was about the bike for the rest of day. So in the paddock it’ll defiantly create a buzz.”

“We are very pleased to be supporting Chris for the 2013 racing season. In common with Porsche, Enigma bikes are precision made and finished to an exceptional level so there is a certain symmetry to our association. We hope that the bike helps Chris to achieve his fitness goals for the forthcoming race season” Jim Walker Managing director Enigma bikes

Dymond will ride one of Enigmas Effusion models designed to be a fast sportive or race bike, combining 3AL 2.5V titanium alloy main triangle with a high-modulus 3k carbon monocoque wishbone seat stay. The front forks our Enigmas own Electron full-carbon monocoque model with a 43mm rake. Shimano 6700 Ultegra state of the art group set. Running on Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL aerodynamic wheels.
Dymond who is currently finalising plans for a full season assault on the Porsche Carrera cup GB hope to announce is his plans for 2013 soon.

For more information about Enigma bikes visit www.enigmabikes.com

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Photo by Mark Reilly – Enigma bikes.

Daniel Lloyd - Porsche GBCarrera Cup GB Scholar is now focused on a sustained title push.

Marking himself out as a consistent front-runner last season, Daniel – who races in support of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice based in West Yorkshire – is delighted to remain with the Stuart Parker-led team with which he built a tremendous working relationship in 2012.

“I really am so happy to be racing with Team Parker again, it’s fantastic to be back for a second year in Porsche Carrera Cup GB but even better to have the continuity of working with all of the guys we had such an amazing first season with last year”, said the 20-year-old.

“Stuart [Parker] runs such a professional team, always challenging at the front, and they’ve won lots of championships. It’s going to be a massive challenge to win the title, Porsche GB is the hardest and most competitive championship I’ve ever raced in, but with a full season’s experience behind me I’m confident we can really hit the ground running when the racing starts.”

As the first ever Scholarship Winner to be supported for a second season by Porsche GB, Daniel is clearly held in high regard and the securing of the MSA Academy driver’s signature for 2013 is a boost for Team Parker Racing.

One of the true mainstay squads in Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Team Parker Racing has been at the forefront of the British championship since it was inaugurated in 2003. Winning countless races and numerous titles, the Leicester Forest West outfit is eyeing continued success with Daniel this year.

“Dan had a tough but fantastic first year in the Carrera Cup”, said team principal Stuart Parker, “Now he knows the team, the car and the circuits and will be going all out to win the championship. It’s great to have such a fast and dedicated driver to spearhead the team.”

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the opening two rounds of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship over Easter Weekend, 30th/31st March, with the 20 round season coming to a conclusion just over six months later on 12th/13th October at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

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Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

Ahmad Al Harthy - Porsche GBPorsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Champion Ahmad Al Harthy will arrive at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit this coming weekend, 20th/21st October, in maximum attack mode as he strives to round-off an outstanding, history-making season with yet more class race wins.

The series finale at the renowned Kent race track will be a huge celebratory affair for the Omani, and his entire Oman Air Racing Team, with a large number of guests travelling from the Sultanate to the UK to help mark Ahmad’s outstanding championship success.

Sealing the title with two rounds to spare at Silverstone just over a week ago, the 31-year-old earned his place in the record books as the first Omani and, indeed, first Arab driver to win a championship at such a level in only his third season of sportscar racing.

Taking his tally of wins to 12 for the year, from 18 races contested, the Muscat driver made sure of the Pro-Am 1 crown in perfect style at Silverstone. Now though, with the pressure of the title race removed from his shoulders, Ahmad is focused on nothing short of victory in rounds 19 and 20.

“Winning the Pro-Am 1 championship is still sinking in to be honest”, he commented, “To be going into the last event of the season knowing what we’ve been working so hard towards over the last three years has been achieved is an amazing feeling.

“Brands Hatch GP is a fantastic circuit, one of the best in the world, not just the UK, and I’m really looking forward to the two races. It’s great knowing I can go into the weekend pushing as hard as possible for two more wins without having to think about the title in the back of my mind, that’ll be a lot of pressure removed so I can just go out there and really enjoy it.”

Backed by Oman Air, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Ministry of Tourism, Nawras, National Bank of Oman and Muscat Eye Laser Centre, Ahmad is a true sporting hero back home in the Middle East and is relishing the chance to race in front of some of his fellow Omanis this weekend.

“We’re welcoming a lot of supporters, sponsors and friends from Oman to Brands Hatch which will make it really special for me”, he added, “Winning this championship isn’t just about me and the Oman Air Racing Team, it’s hugely important for all of my sponsors and for the country as a whole. I really am delighted I’ll have such fantastic support this weekend, I can’t wait to get out there.”

Following the usual test sessions on Friday, 19th October, qualifying for rounds 19 and 20 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will take place at 14.15 on Saturday, 20th October. Race one will get underway at 10.00 on Sunday, 21st October, with race two following at approximately 15.15. The second of the weekend’s encounters will be screened live in the UK on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

Keep up to speed with Ahmad’s 2012 progress at his official website www.ahmadalharthy.com follow him on Twitter @AlHarthyRacing or visit the Ahmad Al Harthy Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ahmad-Al-Harthy/111700892183537.

2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship – Pro-Am1 Driver Standings (after Rd18):
CHAMPION: Ahmad Al Harthy, 159pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Daniel Lloyd - Porsche GBHuddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd is hoping for a consistently strong conclusion to his debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship next weekend, 20th/21st October, when the last two rounds of the 2012 campaign take place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

As a huge fan of the Kent venue’s full 2.4-mile track layout, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar can’t wait for the championship finale to get underway as he strives to conclude the season in the coveted top six in the driver standings.

While the previous couple of events, at Rockingham and Silverstone, have proved challenging due to difficulties with his car, which the Team Parker Racing squad is working hard to resolve, Daniel is determined to enjoy a strong weekend at Brands Hatch.

“I’m really looking forward to the final two rounds, I absolutely love the GP track and I had a really good result there in British GT a couple of years ago [winning the G4 Class on his debut]. It’s a track where you always get good racing, I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully have a top weekend.

“I worked really closely with Rob Bell [McLaren GT factory driver] at Silverstone, who was driver coaching for us, and I was able to make some good improvements to my technique. We improved a lot which is really positive looking ahead to next year.”

Daniel, who is backed by TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire, has enjoyed an excellent first season in sportscars, one in which he made history at Thruxton earlier in the year by becoming the first Scholarship Winner to claim a race victory in their debut campaign.

Taking a total of four podiums so far, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supporter has certainly established himself as a genuine front-runner in Porsche Carrera Cup GB and aims to consolidate that status next weekend during rounds 19 and 20.

As always, pre-event testing will take place on Friday, 19th October, ahead of qualifying at 14.15 on Saturday, 20th October. Both races will be contested on Sunday, 21st October, with the opening encounter beginning at 10.00 and the second, which will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD with online streaming at the www.itv.com/btcc website, getting underway at around 15.15.

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Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

Daniel Lloyd - SilverstoneDaniel Lloyd goes into the final two rounds of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship a couple of weeks from now maintaining a top six placing in the title race despite a challenging, and somewhat confusing, outing at Silverstone over the weekend, 6th/7th October.

With a best finish of ninth place overall in the second of the two races on Sunday, round 18, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar was left searching for answers as his Porsche 911 appeared to be struggling for pace in a straight line.

Qualifying didn’t go as the 20-year-old wanted and although only 0.4 seconds shy of pole position, the difference on the short 1.64-mile National Circuit was such it meant Daniel would line up an uncharacteristic ninth on the grid for both encounters.

When the first of Sunday’s races got underway – after a delay due to fog covering the circuit – the Huddersfield youngster held station following a decent getaway and started to pressure Sam Tordoff. On lap four at Becketts, a spin for Jonas Gelzinis enabled Daniel to move into eighth and on lap five he moved into seventh past Tordoff.

No sooner had the Team Parker Racing driver edged ahead of his team-mate though, he then became the target for attack but seemed able to manage a small gap over Tordoff as the race passed mid-distance.

Then, into lap 18, everything went awry for the TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire-supported driver when his Porsche slowed across the start/finish line as a result of a shattered wheel-nut – instantly eliminating him from the race.

Hopeful of a resurgent round 18, Daniel made a good getaway and moved into eighth when James Sutton was forced to retire on lap eight. As the race wore on though, Daniel began to lose time on the straights and couldn’t remain in touch with the cars ahead. This was then compounded by a five second time penalty after he was deemed to have exceeded track limits – dropping him to ninth.

“It’s really confusing what the problem might be but we definitely struggled to stay in touch on the straights”, explained Daniel, “We thought we’d found the problem after Saturday, everything looked more positive in the first race before the wheel problem as the data was better but in the second race I was losing time to the cars in front in a straight line – fractions are all it takes.

“I’m not sure if there’s something wrong somewhere with the engine or gears, whatever I seemed to do, whatever revs I changed gear at, the others just pulled a gap in a straight line. It’s a bit of a vicious circle then as you begin to over-drive a bit. It’s not been a good weekend but hopefully we’ll be back where we should be at Brands Hatch to end the season on a high.”

The final two races of Daniel’s maiden season in Porsche Carrera Cup GB, rounds 19 and 20, will take place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent just two weeks from now on 20th/21st October.

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2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Driver Standings (after Rd18):
6th Daniel Lloyd, 175pts

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.