Lloyd loses potential podium

Daniel Lloyd’s bid for an Oulton Park podium ended all too prematurely yesterday afternoon, Sunday, 27th July, during round 16 of the Ginetta Junior Championship – contact on lap two from rival Aaron Williamson ending the Huddersfield racer’s front-running challenge.Having qualified seventh on the grid for the second race of the weekend, Daniel had plenty of work to do but off the start he immediately gained a couple of positions and looked comfortably on course to challenge for his fourth podium visit of the campaign.Slipping to sixth at the hairpin on lap one behind Fergus Walkinshaw, Daniel wasn’t fazed and was confident he had the pace to work his way through into the top three over the remaining seven and a half laps.On lap two at the hairpin, however, Williamson tagged the rear of the West Yorkshire star’s car as he rounded the corner and the net result saw the 16-year-old pitched into a spin. Dropping way down the order, Daniel had a huge task on his hands to catch the front-runners but he worked hard to do just that.Into 13th place on lap three, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner had made his way back into the top 10 by lap four but was some 4.4 seconds shy of ninth placed Ashley Craig at that point.By the end of the eight lap race, Daniel had closed to within less than a 10th of a second of Craig and so finished in 10th position. However, a post-race decision by the Clerk of the Course to take away Williamson’s fifth place – due to contact after the chequered flag with Walkinshaw – meant Daniel was promoted into ninth.Disappointed to lose ground in the championship, Daniel has already put this weekend’s less than favourable event behind him and is now looking forward to his first ever visit to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland three weeks from now, 16th/17th August, for the 17th and 18th rounds of the Ginetta Junior season.“I was really looking forward to this weekend’s event so it’s very disappointing to have come away without a podium finish at least”, said Daniel at the end of round 16, “We had such high hopes to begin with but qualifying didn’t work out for us and then I was hit by (Aaron) Williamson on lap two. By the time I recovered, the front-runners had long gone.“It’s a shame but I did as much as I could to fight back into the top 10. We need to look ahead now though to the next races at Knockhill. I’ve never been there before so I don’t know what to expect but hopefully we’ll be back at the front and fighting for the podium.”Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd16):1st Dino Zamparelli, 417pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 415pts; 4th Daniel Lloyd, 291pts

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