Daniel Lloyd scored his second win of the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in the final race of the season at Hockenheim.
Lloyd held on under pressure in a closely-fought race where the top four drivers ran nose-to-tail for the duration. The result allowed the 19-year-old to finish his first season of European competition third overall in the standings.
Lloyd qualified on the front row of the grid, starting alongside already-crowned champion Mateusz Lisowski. He held onto the Polish driver through the opening laps and later used the push-to-pass button to take the lead.
A lock up under breaking a few laps later allowed Lisowski back through, but Lloyd hit back almost immediately to move ahead again. The lead would change hands between the pair on one further occasion, ultimately allowing Dennis Trebing to move past both and into the lead.
Lloyd would take the lead back for good at the hairpin on lap eight, controlling the race from there through the closing laps.
With rival Ola Nilsson running fourth, Lloyd was set for the runner-up spot until the final lap when the Swede got up into third place.
“That was the best race I've ever had,” said the victorious Huddersfield racer. “To beat the champion at the last round is just perfect, I prefer to have won the race and finished third in the championship than finish second in the race and take second in the points. The race win was much more important to me. It would have been great to end the season second in the championship, don't get me wrong, but this win is mega.
“We came into the weekend hoping to end the year on a high and we've done that, I'm over the moon and so grateful to everyone who has made this season possible – my dad Neil, our fantastic sponsors, especially my main sponsor Andy Goddard at TNT Post, and my manager Tim Sugden. Thanks as well to the guys at Volkswagen Motorsport, it's been a great year with some absolutely amazing racing.”