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Austrian Challenge Ahead For Daniel Lloyd

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After a successful season opener at Hockeheim Daniel Lloyd is to face another new challenge when he and the rest of the VW Scirocco RCup paddock heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Briton dominated qualifying at Hockenheim, securing pole position by over half a second, before finishing second in the race on his first competitive weekend at the track .

“I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be up there like we were at Hockenheim, I didn't know the track and we still did a really good job so everything is the same for me on that front,” said Daniel. “I don't think any of the others should really have any experience of the track this time. That wasn't the case in Germany but, even so, we still managed to have a really strong weekend.”

“You can't start holding back and playing tactics so early in the season so I'll go out and give it my all in the first race and then see what happens for race two. One thing we will have to be sensible with though is tyres, it'll be really important to look after them. I have had a look at the track on the i-Zone simulator and it does seem quite tricky, it should be a great challenge.”

Like the opening weekend, only half points are available from the first race of the double header at the Red Bull Ring – an initiative from Volkswagen Motorsport to ensure no driver builds an unassailable advantage early in the season.

The second race, however, offers maximum points, making it the most important race yet for Lloyd's title ambitions.

As is normal in the series the regular racers will be joined by a number of Legends – non-scoring guest drivers – and the races in Austria bring a number of Olympians onto the grid. Former Alpine downhill World Champion Michael Walchofer and 1998 Olympic Super-G silver medallist Hans Knauß will lead a number of men more at home on the nation's ski-slopes than the race track.

The weekend's first race will be shown live in the UK at 3:55pm on MotorsTV on June 4, with the second race screened delayed as-live at 8:10pm.

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