Ginetta Junior Championship

Silverstone National Circuit continued to be an unhappy hunting ground for Daniel Lloyd, Sunday, 31st August, although the Ginetta Junior Championship racer did manage to salvage a top 10 finish from a very difficult outing.Hoping to bounce back nicely from the disappointment of being taken out of Saturday afternoon’s 19th round of the season – an incident which later resulted in a penalty for instigator Dominic Pettit – West Yorkshire based Daniel once again had the pace to win today during round 20.Immediately proving the point by climbing from seventh on the grid to second place with an awesome getaway, the 16-year-old from Scammonden looked likely to be the only driver able to mount a challenge on race leader, and pole-sitter, Dino Zamparelli.Unfortunately, Daniel came to grief at the end of lap one following a spin at Luffield on the slippery surface of the wet track. Although seriously delayed, he did manage to recover and started to eat in to the advantage held by the cars ahead.By lap three, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner had climbed back into 13th place and he gained two more positions before the end of the lap.Moving into the top 10 prior to the appearance of the Safety Car on lap seven, Daniel had a great chance to make up ground in double-quick time at the re-start but the cautionary period lasted until the start of lap 10 – the final lap as it turned out. With just one racing lap possible in the allotted time, competitors did set off for one more tour of the 1.64-mile track but officials soon elected to declare the result as per the race order at the end of lap nine, after 15 minutes of action. Therefore, Daniel was credited with 10th place.“It’s been a very disappointing event but that’s the way it happens sometimes, we expected more and it’s frustrating as I had the pace to at least take a couple of podiums which would have been great”, commented Daniel.Battling hard all weekend with an injury to the metacarpal bone in his right hand, the demands of the wet conditions did make it more difficult for the Huddersfield racer but he is sure normal service will be resumed at Mallory Park next weekend, 6th/7th September, during rounds 21 and 22 at the second ‘Ginetta Festival’ of the season.“We’ve got to look forward to Mallory Park now next weekend where we’ll hopefully get our championship moving in the right direction again”, he added, “Mallory is the first track I ever drove a car on but I haven’t been back since so it should be interesting to see what we can do.”Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd20):1st Dino Zamparelli, 528pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 489pts; 4th Daniel Lloyd, 338pts