Lloyd Consolidates Championship Top 3

AT SNETTERTONBritish Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner Daniel Lloyd consolidated his place in the Ginetta Junior Championship top three at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk yesterdat afternoon, Saturday, 12th July, after fighting his way through from sixth on the grid to fourth position during the 13th round of the season.At the wheel of his Tockwith Motorsport run car, the Huddersfield 16-year-old headed into this morning’s 15-minute qualifying session confident of a good performance having earlier topped the free practice times.Unfortunately for Daniel, qualifying didn’t quite go as he had hoped and he ended the session with the sixth fastest time of 1m 29.013 seconds (78.94mph). Nonetheless, he was confident of a good race performance during the afternoon’s nine lap encounter.At the start of round 13, Daniel maintained sixth position although there was some shuffling of the order on the opening tour as Aaron Williamson got ahead into fifth place while Dominic Pettit crashed out.Drama for championship leader Dino Zamparelli at the end of lap two saw him spin out of fourth position so Daniel gladly moved into the top five and continued to pursue Williamson ahead. Into lap four, Daniel took a look to the inside as the cars passed through Riches Corner but he had to tuck back in behind his rival.Glued to the rear of Williamson’s car for the next couple of laps, Daniel was clearly quicker and managed to make a successful pass midway through lap six. Instantly pulling clear of the pursuing pack, Daniel tried to make inroads to the top three but having been held up for the first two thirds of the race he had a mountain to climb.At the chequered flag on lap nine, the West Yorkshire racer crossed the line in fourth place almost nine seconds shy of the top three but 1.5 seconds ahead of the recovering Zamparelli in fifth position.Speaking after the race, Daniel said: “I got an average start really but I caught Aaron Williamson quickly. I finally got by him on lap six and I was able to pull away as soon as I had gone through into fourth place. I was catching the three in front, and leaving the ones behind, but I made a mistake at the chicane which put me back a bit.“The leaders had too much of a gap, I couldn’t do anything about it with the time we had left so I just held on to fourth. It’s disappointing as I wanted a podium at least but we’ve scored more good points for the championship. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll make a good start and have the chance to finish in the top three.”The 14th round of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship is timetabled to take place at 15.05 today, Sunday, 13th July. Daniel will begin the second race of the weekend from the third row of the grid in sixth position.Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd13):1st Dino Zamparelli, 372pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 309pts; 3rd Daniel Lloyd, 276pts


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