Lloyd Eases To Debut Ginetta Victory

British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner Daniel Lloyd cruised to his first ever victory in cars at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire Saturday afternoon during the 11th round of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship.Maintaining the tremendous form he produced during pre-event practice on Friday, Daniel qualified on the front row of the grid for today’s race with a time of 1m 43.822 seconds (73.68mph). The Huddersfield 16-year-old’s incredible consistency was such though that his second best qualifying time in the 15-minute session, 1m 43.976 seconds, was good enough to take pole position for Sunday afternoon’s 12th round of the campaign.At the start of today’s race, the Tockwith Motorsport driver made a great getaway from the front row and after edging ahead of pole-sitter Dominic Pettit into Clervaux for the first time, Daniel was never headed on his way to the chequered flag which he took on lap eight just under five seconds clear of his closest challenger.Lapping four 10ths of a second under the previous lap record and just seven 100ths of a second shy of George Richardson’s new benchmark time of 1m 43.221 seconds (74.11mph), the Huddersfield Grammar School student was utterly dominant today and is looking to double-up with a second win in as many races during tomorrow’s outing.“I got a good break at the start, banged in some quick times over the first three or four laps and then I felt comfortable through to the end of the race”, said a delighted Daniel at the conclusion of round 11, “The car was very good, we haven’t changed a thing this weekend. Since the first lap in practice on Friday we were quick, I’m really happy.“It’s a great feeling having won my first race in cars, I can’t believe it really! I did a couple of driving days four or five months ago at Croft and I wasn’t quick at all – the difference is just phenomenal. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race now, it’s my sort of track and being on pole we’ll hopefully be able to fight for the win again. I’ll be trying hard that’s for sure.”The 12th round of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship is timetabled to start at around 17.20 tomorrow, Sunday, 1st June, at Croft Circuit near Darlington.Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd11)1st Dino Zamparelli, 351pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 258pts; 3rd Daniel Lloyd, 218pts