Porsche Scholar Aims To End Second Season In Style

Race-winning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship driver Daniel Lloyd is focused on enjoying a successful conclusion to his second season in the category when the final two rounds of the 2013 campaign take place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit next weekend, 12th/13th October.After another impressive year as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, the 21-year-old goes into the season finale fourth in the standings with one victory and eight other podiums to his credit and still has the chance to end the campaign inside the coveted championship top three.Daniel will arrive at the Kent venue next weekend having finished on the podium at each of the last three events, four rostrum visits from six races to be exact, and the Huddersfield driver is confident he can take his tally of podiums into double figures when rounds 19 and 20 take place.“Brands Hatch should be good, it's a great track and I enjoy racing there”, said the Team Parker Racing driver, “We’re fifteen points behind third place at the minute and that is a lot to make up in Porsche, especially if nobody has any dramas. Hopefully we can be on the podium in both races though.”Having begun his second year of top-line sportscar racing with the disappointment of a non-finish after contact in the opening race of the season at Brands Hatch’s shorter Indy Circuit configuration, Daniel bounced back perfectly in the second outing of the weekend to open his podium account.Claiming a memorable victory at Thruxton during round five, precisely one year on from his first ever Porsche Carrera Cup GB race victory which also came at the ultra-fast Hampshire track, he added a runner-up spot in the second race to really get his season moving.After another double podium at Oulton Park, mid-season misfortune struck at Croft and Snetterton but, since then, he has returned to the sort of consistency which could help secure third position in the standings in his final year as the Scholar. As the first driver in history to be awarded the accolade for two successive seasons, Daniel is determined to bow-out in style.“The last two years have been a huge learning curve, when you’ve raced in the championship you can understand why people respect Porsche GB so much”, he said, “The standard is so high, it’s such a tough championship but it teaches you so much as well.“In my second year as the Porsche Scholar I’ve had more roles to do, which has been fantastic, and it’s really helped to raise my profile. Whether I’ve been talking to guests from Porsche dealerships, being involved in a new car launch or having more of a role at Goodwood [Festival of Speed], it has all been massive for my career – I really can’t thank Porsche GB enough.”Officially timed testing at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit will take place on Friday, 11th October, with qualifying scheduled for 14.25 on Saturday, 12th October. Both races will follow on Sunday, 13th October, with round 19 beginning at 10.00 and round 20 set to start at around 15.35 – the final race of the season will be broadcast live on ITV4, ITV4 HD and streamed online at www.itv.com/btcc