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Daniel LloydBrands Hatch Indy Circuit welcomes the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup for its annual British round next Saturday, 3rd September, where category race winner and title contender Daniel Lloyd will be aiming for a big result on home soil.

Round seven of the 10 race series is without any doubt the most important event of the year for Huddersfield’s finest – not only is it likely to have a massive bearing on the championship, he will also have a 75-strong group of sponsors, guests and family cheering him on around the 1.2-mile track.

Furthermore, as the only British driver in the DTM-supporting championship he’s hoping for plenty of home support as he bids to close the gap to current series leader Mateusz Lisowski who at present has an advantage of 47 points.

Daniel’s first season of action in Europe has been a major success so far with one win, two other podiums and a pole position. Considering Brands Hatch will be the first circuit on the calendar which the 19-year-old has prior race experience of, his efforts to date have been all the more impressive.

“I’m really looking forward to next weekend, it’s fantastic to be back racing at home”, he said, “I want to go out there and win, that’s my focus for the rest of the season – just try and win every race as the points gap to Mateusz is quite big. I’m preparing as hard as I can, in the gym and with the guys at iZone Performance, to make sure I’m on top form for my home race.

“There will be a lot of pressure on at Brands and loads to do out of the car as well as we’ll have 75 guests there on raceday. I’m determined to try and have our best weekend yet as without the amazing support of my sponsors – especially Andy Goddard at TNT Post, Chris Brooks at TSD, Justin from The Print Academy and the guys from Balreed and Propack – I wouldn’t be racing at all.”

One of the most enjoyable facets of the VW Scirocco R-Cup for Daniel is the incredibly level playing field and the parity between cars. As one-make championships go, Volkswagen’s flagship series has set very high standards and it’s something the West Yorkshire teenager is thoroughly enjoying.

“The Scirocco is a great car, I’m having a fantastic time this season racing it and one of the best and most important things is that all of the cars are exactly the same”, he added, “There are loads of one-make championships out there but this one really is down to your own performance and ability. The guys at Volkswagen Motorsport do an amazing job, it’s great being able to work with them.

“Even though it is only my first year in the R-Cup I will be disappointed if I don’t win the championship, that’s my goal but it is going to be very tough. All things considered though I think we’ve had a really fantastic year and I’m loving every minute of it.”

Pre-event practice at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit will take place at 14.50 next Friday, 2nd September, with qualifying and round seven of the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup set to follow on Saturday, 3rd September, at 12.50 and 17.30 respectively.

Digital satellite and cable channel Motors TV will broadcast the race action live – for more details please visit – while the official Volkswagen Motorsport website will also feature live streaming at

In addition, iPhone, iPad and iPod users can access live footage and other great content thanks to the new app from Volkswagen Motorsport which can be downloaded free of charge at

To keep up with all the latest news regarding Daniel’s participation in the VW Scirocco R-Cup, please visit his official website, follow him on Twitter @Daniellloyd23 and check out his exclusive blog at the Motors TV website

Provisional 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Driver Standings (after Rd6):
1st Mateusz Lisowski, 248pts; 2nd Daniel Lloyd, 201pts

Photo by Volkswagen Motorsport.

Daniel Lloyd - VW Scirocco R-CupBritain’s Daniel Lloyd faces yet another fresh challenge next weekend, 4th/5th June, when the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup resumes for the second and third rounds of the season at the recently rebuilt and renamed Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

The 19-year-old, from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, delivered a sensational debut performance in the DTM-support category during the championship curtain-raiser at Hockenheim, Germany, last month and is currently second in the standings after a memorable maiden weekend in VW Sciroccos.

Dominating qualifying to secure pole position by a huge 0.6 seconds on his first competitive run at the home of the German Grand Prix, Daniel went on to take a well deserved second place finish in the race itself and is aiming for more podium success in Austria just over a week from now.

The 4.3-kilometre (2.67-mile) Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the A1 Ring and, before that, the Österreichring, will be a new experience for all of the VW Scirocco R-Cup drivers so the playing field should be as level as possible going into the event.

“I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be up there like we were at Hockenheim, I didn’t know the track and we still did a really good job so everything is the same for me on that front”, said Daniel, “I don’t think any of the others should really have any experience of the track this time. That wasn’t the case in Germany but, even so, we still managed to have a really strong weekend.”

Such was Daniel’s pace in Germany, he came within just 0.050 seconds of snatching the race’s fastest lap away from ex-Formula One driver, World Touring Car Championship front-runner and former DTM star Nicola Larini – who, incidentally, finished behind Daniel in third position.

Marking the first ‘double-header’ of the season, only half-points will be available during round two next weekend – as was the case at Hockenheim – as part of a move by Volkswagen Motorsport to ensure no driver starts the year with a significant advantage.

In round three though, maximum points will be up for grabs for the first time making it the most important race yet of 2011. With the finishing order of the first encounter setting the grid for the second though – with the exception of the top eight which will be reversed – anything could happen!

Daniel adds: “You can’t start holding back and playing tactics so early in the season so I’ll go out and give it my all in the first race and then see what happens for race two. One thing we will have to be sensible with though is tyres, it’ll be really important to look after them. I have had a look at the track on the i-Zone simulator and it does seem quite tricky, it should be a great challenge.”

To add extra flavour, the non-scoring ‘Legends’ class will feature some stars of the ski-slope rather than the race track. Olympians Sven Hannawald, Thomas Morgenstern and Adam Malysz will join the grid along with Alpine downhill World Champion Michael Walchhofer and Super G Olympic silver medallist Hans Knauß. Hannawald – the latter a car racer in his own right in the ADAC GT Masters.

Following free practice on Friday, 3rd June, qualifying and round two are scheduled to take place on Saturday, 4th June, at 12.10 (local time) and 17.10 respectively with round three following on Sunday, 5th June, at 16.10.

Round two will be screened live on digital satellite and cable channel Motors TV from 15.55 UK time on the Saturday with round three on the Sunday to be shown delayed as-live at 20.10. Please check listings and for up-to-date broadcast schedules.

To keep up with all the latest news regarding Daniel’s participation in the VW Scirocco R-Cup, please visit his official website, follow him on Twitter @Daniellloyd23 and check out his exclusive blog at the Motors TV website

Provisional 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Driver Standings (after Rd1):
1st Mateusz Lisowski, 30pts; 2nd Daniel Lloyd, 24pts

Photo by Volkswagen Motorsport.