McLaren Driver Lloyd Relishing First UK Race Of Season‏

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit will host the second round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series next weekend, 17th/18th May, where Britain’s Daniel Lloyd is hoping for plenty of partisan support as he continues his progression in the prestigious international category.While happy with his pace on his series debut during the championship curtain-raiser in France last month, the Huddersfield racer knows there is much more performance to come as the Bhai Tech Racing team develops the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 he shares with Estonian driver Sten Pentus.Importantly, the 2.43-mile Brands Hatch GP configuration is expected to suit the McLaren far more than Nogaro, the venue for the opening round on Easter weekend, so Daniel is confident of making a challenge for his first points of the season on ‘home’ soil.“It’d be nice to get in the top 10 at Brands, the top six would be fantastic”, said the 22-year-old, “The main aim is to get our first points on the board, anything beyond that would be a big bonus but I am feeling pretty positive. We had a test earlier in the week in Italy with some of the McLaren guys and that’s helped to prepare us for Brands.”Although several issues across the first weekend of the season resulted in a 14th place finish in the main championship race, Daniel was happy with his transition to endurance-based competition from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship where he was a race winner in 2012 and 2013.The McLaren he is piloting this season in the Blancpain Sprint Series is a different animal than what he has been used to, but Daniel is quickly getting to grips with the driving style required to get the most out of the car.“It’s a completely different challenge to the Porsche I raced the last couple of years”, he added, “The McLaren GT3 has driver aids like ABS and traction control but you’ve got to make sure you use them at the right level, if you get it wrong they can actually cost you time and spoil the lap. It’s definitely a different ball game to what I’ve done before.“Everyone in the team is working really well together, I’m getting on really well with the guys there and the great thing is I’ve got a similar driving style to my team-mate Sten which makes things so much better working together on set-up. I can’t wait for next weekend, back racing on British soil.”On Saturday, 17th May, the opening 60-minute free practice session will begin at 10.00 with session two following at 12.45 ahead of qualifying at 17.30. On Sunday, 18th May, the qualifying race will begin at 10.30 with round two of the Blancpain Sprint Series season – which is set to be screened live on BT Sport – getting underway at 14.40.