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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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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.

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.

Daniel LloydWith only four races remaining in the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, Daniel Lloyd is focused on gaining as much experience as possible during rounds 17 and 18 of his maiden season at Silverstone next weekend, 6th/7th October, after a tough event at Rockingham last time out.

Remaining in Northamptonshire for the penultimate race meeting of the campaign, the Huddersfield 20-year-old is looking to bounce-back strongly and aims to use the final four rounds of the championship as a positive springboard into the 2013 season.

Having become a race winner in his first year of sportscar action, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar has certainly shown he has what it takes to be a consistent front-runner in the series and going into the two Silverstone races he is sixth in the championship, 23 points clear of his nearest pursuer.

“I’m looking forward to Silverstone, especially as Rockingham was so disappointing, and I’m hoping we can just have two consistent races and pick up some good points”, commented the TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire-supported racer, “It’ll be important to bounce back strongly so hopefully it’ll be a smooth weekend for me and the team.”

Daniel, of course, will be the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar in 2013 as well after the manufacturer took the unprecedented step mid-season of choosing to extend its hugely successful scholarship into a two-year programme for the first time. Therefore the West Yorkshireman is focused on continuing to learn as much as possible during the remainder of his rookie year.

“It’s important to keep gaining as much experience as possible, you always want to go into the winter off the back of some strong results to keep the confidence high”, he added, “It’s been a good season overall and the main thing now is to consolidate that over the last few rounds. I really want to use the Silverstone races, and the final ones at Brands Hatch, as a real springboard into next year.”

Officially timed testing for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship’s visit to Silverstone will take place next Friday, 5th October, with qualifying for rounds 17 and 18 following at 12.55 on Saturday, 6th October. Race one of the weekend will begin at 09.00 on Sunday, 7th October, with race two, which will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, set to get underway at 15.45.

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Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

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.

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

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.

Daniel LloydRockingham International Sportscar Circuit hosts rounds 15 and 16 of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season next weekend, 22nd/23rd September, where impressive category rookie Daniel Lloyd aims to move further into contention for the coveted top three in the championship.

Achieving the fourth podium of his maiden Porsche campaign at Knockhill in Scotland three weeks ago, the 20-year-old Huddersfield racer’s first visit to the rostrum since winning round six, Daniel is confident he can continue his renewed momentum into the final three events of the season.

“Knockhill was decent enough, being back on the podium was what we needed and the consistent points we scored were good for the championship as well”, said the 2012 and 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, “We’ve got a test on Tuesday at Rockingham so hopefully that’ll go well, it’ll be my first time there in the Porsche but I’m sure Team Parker will have a great set-up from the off.”

With the Northamptonshire venue’s 1.94-mile track configuration renowned for its abrasive nature, getting the most out of the Michelin tyres will be crucial to qualifying success and then looking after the rubber in race conditions will be absolutely essential.

Rockingham is a circuit where the TNT Post, TSD, Creechurch Private Wealth, Propack and TPA Yorkshire-supported driver has enjoyed good success in the past though – not least in 2009 when he won his first car racing title in the ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup.

“In qualifying I would think we’re going to have to be on it on the second and third lap of each run otherwise you’ll lose your chance and won’t get the time you need”, explained Daniel, “The track surface at Rockingham is rough and it eats away at the tyres very quickly.

“I’m just looking for more podiums next weekend. It’s really close in the championship, we’re not far off third and pretty close to second place actually. We’ve got to rack up as many points as we can in these last few races. It’d be amazing to end the year in the championship top three and we definitely have a great chance to still make that happen, that’s what I’m aiming for.”

Official testing at Rockingham will take place next Friday, 21st September, with qualifying for rounds 15 and 16 following on Saturday, 22nd September, at 13.55. On Sunday, 23rd September, race one is scheduled to commence at 10.40 with race two, which will be screened live on ITV4, on ITV4 HD and streamed online at the www.itv.com/btcc website, getting underway at 15.50.

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2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Driver Standings (after Rd14):
1st Michael Meadows, 239pts; 5th Daniel Lloyd, 168pts

Photo by Malcolm Griffiths.