Hockenheim in Germany hosts the final round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup on Saturday where Daniel Lloyd will be aiming to end his first season of pan-European competition on a high as he bids to seal a top three championship finish.
Planning to uphold British honour by challenging for victory at the wheel of his 2.0-litre bio-CNG VW, the Scammonden teenager goes into the 10th round of the campaign just three points shy of third place in the driver standings and within reach of the coveted Vice-Champion’s position.
Although a race winner from earlier in the season, Lloyd has unfinished business where the top step of the podium is concerned – he was robbed of a second 2011 victory during the previous event at Oschersleben when punted out of the lead of round nine on the penultimate lap.
Driving superbly in very difficult wet conditions, Lloyd once again proved his class and thoroughly deserved, what would have been, his rightful win. That’s in the past though – the talented Briton’s sole focus now is on Hockenheim and a memorable conclusion to what has been a superb season.
“It really has been a fantastic season so far, the championship is so professional and really well run by the guys at Volkswagen Motorsport”, said Lloyd,
“The racing has been absolutely mega all year, especially in the last race at Oschersleben. Obviously, it was frustrating to be taken out of the lead but we showed again we’ve got the pace to win in this championship – hopefully we can at Hockenheim.”
The world-famous German track played host to the opening round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup back in April, an event in which Lloyd raised plenty of eyebrows by scorching to pole position on his maiden appearance in the DTM-supporting category...by a full 0.6 seconds.
Unfortunate wheelspin at the start of his first ever race in VW’s flagship series meant the difference between challenging for victory and finishing in, a nonetheless superb, second place. With a full year’s experience behind him, and familiarity with the 4.57-kilometre circuit, Lloyd is sure a strong weekend is on the cards to cap a terrific campaign.
“You always want to end each season as strongly as you can to carry the momentum through the winter”, he added, “Hockenheim went fantastically well for us during the first round back in April, if we can repeat that level of performance again I’ll be really happy.”