Daniel Lloyd wins 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship

Huddersfield’s Daniel Lloyd will compete in the prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship next year after today, Friday, 4th November, being named the 2012 ‘Scholarship’ winner – a prize which guarantees the teenage racer £80,000 towards the budget for his first season in the category.Named as one of four finalists for the Scholarship last month, Daniel went on to excel during an intense evaluation at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone this past Monday, 31st October, where he and his fellow competitors faced a series of varied challenges.Ranging from media interviews and a judging panel assessment to a gruelling fitness test and timed laps in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, the 19-year-old shone in all aspects of the scholarship test to secure one of the biggest and most highly sought after prizes in British motorsport.In a unique change to the way of revealing the 2012 Scholarship result, Porsche GB posted a video highlights package on the http://origin.porsche.com/uk website at 10.00 this morning in which the winner was named so the candidates had to nervously await the outcome sat at their computers...“Finding out like that was so weird, I felt like I was on X-Factor or something waiting for the results!”, said Daniel, “It was a really good way to do it though, I can’t explain what an awesome feeling it is to win. I just burst into tears as soon as I found out.“The whole assessment was mega tough, every aspect of it was unbelievably challenging but we put in so much effort. I’ve got so many people to thank, especially my mum and dad, for all of the support over the years since we started out in karting. All of the effort we’ve put in has really paid off.”Graduating from a successful karting career at the beginning of 2008, thanks to a Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship, Daniel made his car racing debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship and took three wins in his maiden season. Stepping-up into the ELF Renault Clio Cup in 2009, he rapidly emerged as a front-running force and went on to win his first car racing title during the Winter Series.At the beginning of 2010 he travelled to America and debuted in the Skip Barber single-seater series but returned to the UK during the middle part of the year when an opportunity to race in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship arose.Starring on his maiden outing in the BTCC at the wheel of a Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Vectra, Daniel posted two tremendous points finishes from the three races contested. From there, he went on to debut in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship three months later where he took the G4 Class victory on his first competitive weekend at the wheel of a Ginetta G50.In November 2010, the West Yorkshireman embarked on a two-day assessment at Oschersleben in Germany with Volkswagen Motorsport where he earned a place on the grid for this year’s VW Scirocco R-Cup. Seriously impressing throughout the season, Daniel concluded the campaign third overall in the driver standings with two race victories and three podiums in total from the 10 rounds.Winning the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Scholarship really is the icing on the cake of a truly fantastic 2011 for Daniel. Now he can’t wait for his first ‘official’ test in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he’ll race next year in the globally renowned sportscar category which runs as support to the BTCC and benefits from live television coverage throughout the year on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.“The Porsche is the quickest and most impressive car I’ve ever been in, it’s an incredible piece of kit and I can’t wait to race it next year”, he added, “I felt really comfortable as soon as I got in the car so to feel like that gave me a lot of confidence. “It really is the most amazing feeling to have won such an incredible prize – a massive thank you to Porsche GB for giving me this career-changing opportunity. I’ll be pushing as hard as I can next year to repay the faith everyone at Porsche has put in me.”