Perfect Start To Weekend

For Pace-Setter Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd made a sensational start to this weekend’s Ginetta Junior Championship race meeting during pre-event practice at Croft Circuit near Darlington yesterday afternoon, Friday, 30th May – the teenager setting the fastest time of all.The Huddersfield based 16-year-old, who is third in the driver standings heading into this weekend’s 11th and 12th rounds of the season, was in scintillating form today and ended the 50-minute session with a best lap of 1m 44.223 seconds (73.39mph).Placing Daniel a full half second ahead of championship rival Thomas Carnaby and current series leader Dino Zamparelli, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner is brimming with confidence as he now looks forward to qualifying tomorrow, Saturday, 31st May, and the first of the weekend’s Ginetta races.“Today’s test was absolutely mint for me”, said the delighted racer, “I’m really happy with the way everything went this afternoon. The car felt brilliant, it gave me the confidence to be totally committed and to push all the way through the session. The track was a little bit slippery in places where it was still a bit damp but overall conditions were good.”Earlier in the day, Daniel was interviewed live from Croft for the mid-afternoon show on BBC Radio Leeds where he talked about his season so far, combining a racing career with his GCSE exams at Huddersfield Grammar School and plans for the future.Qualifying for the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship will take place at 13.50 tomorrow, Saturday, 31st May, with the first race of the weekend getting underway at around 17.15. Round 12 is timetabled to begin at approximately 13.50 on Sunday, 1st June.Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd10)1st Dino Zamparelli, 320pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 232pts; 3rd Daniel Lloyd, 183pts