Daniel Lloyd‘s mid-season slump in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship continued at Snetterton, failing to finish the 12th round of the season.
Lloyd had been a strong contender for pole position right up until the closing stages of Saturday’s qualifying session, eventually having to settle for fourth place on the grid, just 0.042 off the front row.
The Huddersfield-based driver dropped down to fifth off the start in round 11, but was back in to the top four on lap three after pole-sitter Michael Meadows was handed a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. Lloyd was then glued to the rear of Rory Butcher‘s third placed Porsche, but was unable to find a way through, with overtaking at Snetterton difficult to come by, having to settle for fourth at the finish.
The Team Parker Racing driver made a fantastic getaway from third on the grid for round 12, potentially passing Meadows around the outside of the opening corner, Riches. However, both cars ran deep, allowing Dean Stoneman to get a run on the pair, something Lloyd didn’t notice as he moved back to take his line, pitching him in to a spin and down twelfth.
Lloyd battled back to fifth place by the end of lap 10, but the damage from the contact finally took its toll and he was forced to retire with a broken driveshaft.
“Race one was so close, it was unbelievably tight in qualifying and in the races it was exactly the same – it was so hard to try and overtake”, commented Lloyd, “In race two, I thought Dean was behind me so I didn’t see him and his front end just skimmed my car. I came across, it turned me around, and that was it. It was a very fine touch and it was my fault – I just didn’t see him there The car was mega quick though, Team Parker did a great job with the set-up, and I was coming back through really well. Then we had the driveshaft go which wasn’t what we needed, obviously. I think a bit of good luck for a change would be nice!”