Daniel Lloyd has been announced as the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship winner. The former Ginetta, Renault and BTCC racer beat off competition from three other drivers to win the prestigious award.
Lloyd, along with Tom Ingram, Jody Fannin and Ollie Millroy, headed to the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone earlier in the week for a extensive assessment programme, testing their media skills, fitness and driving ability, the drivers getting to test the latest Porsche Carrera Cup car around a wet Silverstone National circuit. Lloyd came out on top, winning £80,000 towards his 2012 budget.
Lloyd started his car racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2008, before going on to win the 2009 Renault Clio Winter Series after finishing eleventh in the main championship. 2010 saw him made a one-weekend appearance in the British Touring Car Championship before this season saw him head to Germany to compete in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, the 19 year old taking two race wins on his way to third in the championship.
“I really can't stress how much this will change my life and career. Ever since I started racing on the BTCC package when I was 15, I always looked up to the Carrera Cup and thought it was what I wanted to do. Without the Scholarship we wouldn't be able to do the Carrera Cup next season, so it really does mean the world to me.
“To get to where I am today has been a real team effort and I couldn't have done it without the support of my parents. It will mean everything to them as well; they are very supportive and they'd love to see me succeed in the Carrera Cup.”
Carrera Cup manager Marion Barnaby added: “The four finalists were all excellent candidates. It was a very tough decision for the judging panel but Daniel impressed in all areas and I believe he will be a very worthy 2012 Scholar.”