Mid-Season misfortune continues for Daniel Lloyd at Snetterton

Daniel Lloyd continues to try and shake-off the bad luck which has so far blighted the middle part of his Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship campaign after a character building outing at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 3rd/4th August.While claiming important championship points for a competitive top four finish during round 11 of the season on Sunday morning, where he ran within just 0.2 seconds of fastest lap pace, the Team Parker Racing driver was forced to retire from an action-packed 12th round with a broken driveshaft.Although the end result of the second Snetterton encounter was incredibly disappointing, Daniel was again able to show his podium potential with a quickest lap time a mere four hundredths of a second outside the best of the race.Beginning the weekend very strongly in pre-event testing on Friday, 2nd August, with the quickest lap of the day, the 21-year-old Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar was in the fight for pole position during Saturdays session right into the closing stages.In the end, he had to settle for fourth on the grid for round 11 in an unbelievably closely contested run with a time a mere 0.042 seconds shy of the front row. Delivering very strong consistency, as is the norm for the West Yorkshireman, his second best time bagged third on the grid for round 12.Although slipping to fifth place at the first corner in the weekends opening race, Daniel moved back into the top four at the end of lap three when pole-position qualifier Michael Meadows was served with a drive-through penalty, having been adjudged to have made a jump start.Glued to the rear of Rory Butchers third placed Porsche midway through lap four, Daniel pressured hard and by lap eight the gap was down to just 0.2 seconds. With overtaking at a premium though around the 2.97-mile Norfolk track, he had to settle for fourth.Determined to make a return to the podium in round 12, Daniel made a good getaway from third on the grid which enabled him to try and usurp series leader Meadows into the first corner, Riches, on the outside line.As both drivers ran a little too deep into the turn, Dean Stoneman was able to get a run on the pair and as Daniel moved across to take his line he didnt see his rivals car just nosing alongsidethe lightest of touches then pitched Daniel into a high-speed spin.Recovering incredibly well, he fought his way through superbly from 12th position into fifth place by the end of lap 10 but on the very next tour the driveshaft on his Porsche expired, a result of the lap one tangle.Race one was so close, it was unbelievably tight in qualifying and in the races it was exactly the sameit was so hard to try and overtake, he commented, In race two, I thought Dean [Stoneman] was behind me so I didnt see him and his front end just skimmed my car. I came across, it turned me around, and that was it. It was a very fine touch and it was my faultI just didnt see him there.The car was mega quick though, Team Parker did a great job with the set-up, and I was coming back through really well. Then we had the driveshaft go which wasnt what we needed, obviously. I think a bit of good luck for a change would be nice!Next on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship calendar is the annual visit north of the border, to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland, over the weekend 24th/25th August.