Croft Double For Lloyd

AS ZAMPARELLI CRASHES OUTGinetta Junior Championship rookie Daniel Lloyd capped off a perfect weekend during round 12 of the season at Croft Circuit, Sunday, 1st June, the 16-year-old easing to a memorable double success at the North Yorkshire venue.Although the brace of victories doesn’t see the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner gain positions in the championship standings, he has closed to within 21 points of second placed Tom Carnaby.For runaway series leader Dino Zamparelli, the race was one to forget as he crashed out on the opening lap when attempting to pass Lloyd at Tower Bend. Nonetheless, even with his two closest title rivals scoring well, Zamparelli still holds a very comfortable 77 point lead over Carnaby.Qualifying for today’s eight-lap encounter on pole position, Lloyd made a good start and held his advantage through Clervaux for the first time with Dominic Pettit holding on to his starting position of second ahead of a fast starting Zamparelli who rocketed from fourth on the grid past George Richardson.As the leaders negotiated the first sequence of turns well, further behind Alice Powell, Jake Rattenbury and Alex Austin had a coming together at Clervaux and all three ended up out of the race. Powell did recover onto the circuit and returned to the pits but the damage to her car was too severe to allow her to rejoin the race.Back at the front, Zamparelli tried to pass Lloyd up the inside into Tower and after contact between the pair, the championship leader slid across the grass and into retirement. Later in the lap, Richardson also came to grief with a spin on the exit of Sunny Out. This allowed Josh Hill to move into third ahead of Carnaby while Richardson recovered down in 13th position. Due to Zamparelli’s stricken car sitting in a dangerous position at Tower, the Ginetta G50 Safety Car was deployed but at the re-start on lap four, Lloyd opened up a huge advantage immediately.Jake Farndon, who started ninth on the grid, passed Ashley Craig for fifth at Tower on the fourth tour and proceeded to reel-in the trio of Pettit, Hill and Carnaby who were all battling over second position and, in turn, holding each other up.While Lloyd continued to extend his lead at the front, the fight over the remaining rostrum positions offered incredible entertainment and in the end saw Fergus Walkinshaw come through to take second place, having started 10th on the grid, for his first podium. Contact from Walkinshaw on Pettit at Sunny In on lap seven also allowed Farndon to nip through into third.Pettit did recover to finish in fourth position, Ashley Craig was fifth and the battle-scarred Richardson came back into the top six ahead of team-mate Carnaby – the latter having his own moment at Tower on the penultimate lap. Casey Watson was the top female finisher in eighth place, having started 12th on the grid.“I got a good start initially and after the Safety Car I got a great run off the hairpin and from there just pulled away”, said race winner Lloyd, “I let everyone else battle among themselves behind me and then just concentrated on putting in good laps and trying to extend my lead which I did. “There is now a lengthy break of six weeks for the Ginetta Junior Championship drivers ahead of the 13th and 14th rounds of the season which will take place on 12th/13th July at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.Before then, Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4 will screen footage from the sixth round of the Ginetta Junior series – which was held at Northamptonshire venue Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit – this Tuesday, 3rd June, at 16.00Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd12)1st Dino Zamparelli, 351pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 274pts; 3rd Daniel Lloyd, 253pts; 4th Dominic Pettit, 212pts; 5th Jake Farndon, 208pts; 6th Josh Hill, 204

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