The Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup makes its annual visit to the UK this weekend at Brands Hatch and with it comes British ace Daniel Lloyd, who is aiming for a big result on home soil as he aims to continue his title charge in the one-make series.
Lloyd, the only Brit in the DTM-supporting championship, is hoping for plenty of home support as he aims to close the 47 point deficit he has to current series leader Mateusz Lisowski. The Huddersfield driver will have a 75-strong group of sponsors, guests and family cheering him on as he looks for victory in Round seven of the 10 race series.
19 year old Lloyd, who has taken one win and two other podiums so far in his first season of racing in Europe, commented: “I'm really looking forward to the weekend, it's fantastic to be back racing at home. I want to go out there and win, that's my focus for the rest of the season – just try and win every race as the points gap to Mateusz is quite big. I'm preparing as hard as I can, in the gym and with the guys at iZone Performance, to make sure I'm on top form for my home race.
“There will be a lot of pressure on at Brands and loads to do out of the car as well as we'll have 75 guests there on raceday. I'm determined to try and have our best weekend yet as without the amazing support of my sponsors – especially Andy Goddard at TNT Post, Chris Brooks at TSD, Justin from The Print Academy and the guys from Balreed and Propack – I wouldn't be racing at all.”
At the beginning of the season, Lloyd, who made a guest appearance in the BTCC in 2010 and previously competing in the Renault Clio Cup UK, made the tough choice to move into the Scirocco Cup, but he's happy he made the move, adding: “The Scirocco is a great car, I'm having a fantastic time this season racing it and one of the best and most important things is that all of the cars are exactly the same. There are loads of one-make championships out there but this one really is down to your own performance and ability. The guys at Volkswagen Motorsport do an amazing job, it's great being able to work with them.
“Even though it is only my first year in the R-Cup I will be disappointed if I don't win the championship, that's my goal but it is going to be very tough. All things considered though I think we've had a really fantastic year and I'm loving every minute of it.”