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Fantastic Debut Scirocco Weekend For Lloyd

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Daniel Lloyd enjoyed a superb debut weekend in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim, taking pole position before finishing his first race in second position.

The 19-year-old Briton produced a stunning performance in the qualifying session to secure pole position, setting a time 0.6 seconds quicker than anybody else could manage.

Starting his first race at the venue of the German Grand Prix from the front, the Huddersfield racer got a little too much wheelspin off the line and was beaten into the first corner by fellow front-row starter Mateusz Lisowski.

Although he was unable to pass the Pole, Lloyd remained close throughout the race and crossed the finish line after 11 laps just 1.5 seconds behind. His second place was enough to give him the win in the Junior Cup class.

Lloyd also came within half of a tenth of a second of recording the fastest lap, which was instead posted by former DTM champion, Formula 1 and World Touring Car Championship driver Nicola Larini, who finished third as a guest legend driver.

Lloyd, who scored points on his debut appearance in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft last year, was delighted with his weekend.

“I'm over the moon to have finished second on my first weekend in the championship”, he said. “Obviously I am a little bit disappointed not to have won after starting on pole position but it's still a fantastic result and a brilliant way to start the season.

“I got a bit too much wheelspin at the start and couldn't get off the line as well as I wanted to, that was the difference in the end. I was fighting the car a bit from about six lap as I struck a kerb pretty hard and that made it a bit of a handful. All in all though, it was a fantastic first race.”

The next round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 4/5 June.

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