Daniel Lloyd marked his Avon Tyres British GT Championship debut at Brands Hatch on Sunday with a G4 class victory in the second of the weekend’s two endurance races.
Lloyd took the wheel from team mate Julien Draper for the second half of the race in his Ginetta G50 run by the crack Barwell Motorsport squad. He joined the track fourth in class but moved quickly into third. Daniel’s progress was temporarily halted by a safety car but from the restart, his charge continued. He claimed second place from Jamie Stanley, also driving a G50, at the Druids hairpin. He took the lead on lap 22 at Graham Hill Bend when then leader Vibe Smed got out of shape at the exit. Once Lloyd had seized the lead he never relinquished it and won the class by almost seven seconds.
This remarkable victory followed what had already been an impressive debut by Lloyd and Draper as they had claimed third in class in the first race of the weekend, round 11 of the championship. In this race it was Lloyd who took the wheel first, and from third on the grid, moved into the lead of his class within the first four corners after an exciting duel with Jamie Stanley. After building a comfortable cushion, he opted to stay out longer than most of his competitors who pitted to make driver changes. This meant he took the lead of the race outright for two laps before handing over to Draper. Although he slipped back slightly, he was able to bring the car home third in class, a very solid result.
Speaking after the event Lloyd said, “It’s been an absolutely fantastic weekend, we wanted to try and push for a podium but to actually take two, including a win, was unbelievable”, said Daniel, “I’ve had an amazing time and I want to say a huge thank you to Julien (Draper), Mark Lemmer and Chris Needell at Barwell, and to my manager Tim Sugden for helping put the deal together. Julien did a great job, especially in the second race; we couldn’t have wished for a better debut in GTs.”
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