Lloyd wins at ThruxtonDaniel Lloyd made a piece of Porsche Carrera Cup GB history at Thruxton (29 April) when he became the first Carrera Cup GB Scholarship driver to score a race victory in his Scholarship season.
 
Just six races into his Scholarship year, Lloyd swept to a sensational victory in truly challenging conditions. It was a performance that caught the attention of many experts, including ITV4 commentator Toby Moody, who described the race live. "The second Carrera Cup race at Thruxton was one of the best races I've commentated on for a while because it was in damp conditions with the guys on slick tyres,” said Moody. “For a Scholarship winner to win during his third race weekend was a little piece of history I was privileged enough to witness."
 
For Huddersfield-based Lloyd (20), it was a landmark result. Former Scholarship drivers Michael Meadows and Euan Hankey both won races in the season following their Scholarship year, and Meadows currently leads the 2012 title race, but no Scholar has won as early in their Carrera Cup career as Lloyd.
 
“We’ve had massive ups and downs over the first three race weekends,” said Lloyd. “Everything is positive with my pace and how I’ve done, but we’ve yet to have that solid weekend. Again at Thruxton we didn’t think it was going to happen, because it just hasn’t been going our way.
 
“Going into the second race at Thruxton we went on slicks and the conditions were tough,” continued Lloyd. “But I got a fantastic start and went from eighth to second on the first lap. On lap five I lost my splitter just as it began to dry a bit and Michael Meadows began to catch me. Then it started raining again quite heavily, which evened things out a bit. It was just a hard race. All credit to Rory Butcher, he did a fantastic job leading without having anyone to chase. To bring the win home was just fantastic. It’s been an amazing start to the Carrera Cup. Everyone at Team Parker Racing has been unbelievable and everything is going really well.”
 
During the six-week break until the Oulton Park race weekend (9/10 June), Dan will take part in the Leeds Half Marathon on 13 May for his nominated charity, the Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice in Huddersfield. “It’s my first half-marathon,” said Lloyd. “I’ve run 10km before, so this will be the furthest I’ve ever run. It’s for a great local charity and it makes you realise how lucky you are.”