Fresh from his latest outing in the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series over the weekend, Daniel Lloyd will make his eagerly awaited debut in the sister Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 25th May, where he will form part of the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing squad.
Marking yet another new challenge for the talented British racer, his arrival in the highly competitive Endurance Series – the world’s largest and most prestigious GT3 racing category – will be the biggest test of his career to date and certainly the most exciting opportunity so far.
Joining reigning British GT Champion, and Beechdean team principal, Andrew Howard, the duo will also be partnered for the Silverstone three-hour race by FIA World Endurance Championship Aston Martin racer Alex MacDowall.
While Howard, of course, and MacDowall are familiar with Aston Martin machinery, this weekend’s event will be the first for Daniel at the wheel of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3. He has, though, already had chance to test the car at Silverstone – an experience he described as “amazing”.
“I’m really, really excited about Silverstone”, said the West Yorkshireman, “It’s a new challenge, it’ll be my longest race so far, but it’s going to be great working with the Aston Martin Racing boys again. It’s going to be such an experience being part of the Beechdean team on a full race weekend, it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn and try and make a good impression.
“We’ll have to see what we can do, it’s not going to be easy, but the Aston is known to be strong around Silverstone so I’m really looking forward to it – I can’t wait to get started. It’s really nice to go to a circuit I know for my debut in the Endurance Series, we’ll have a lot of guests at Silverstone so it’s going to be a very big deal for us from the sponsorship side as well as the racing side.”
So popular is the high-profile Blancpain Endurance Series, the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing entry will form part of an incredible 45 car grid at the weekend. In addition to the overall battle, Daniel and his two team-mates will form part of the Pro-Am Cup class.
This coming weekend’s Beechdean debut marks the realisation of a golden opportunity for Daniel which first become a possibility at the end of last year. Through a special MSA Academy organised visit to Prodrive in Banbury, the company behind Aston Martin Racing’s sporting programme, the British driver was able to meet some influential figures.
“The chance to drive for Andrew’s team at the weekend all stems from that visit to Prodrive”, he explains, “I have to say a massive thank you to the MSA Academy for the invitation, it was a great day and without that I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet John Gaw who then put me in touch with Andrew. I want to repay the faith they’ve shown in me with a strong performance on Sunday.”
Following a series of practice sessions on Friday, 23rd May, and Saturday, 24th May, the qualifying session for the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series season will get underway at 09.00 on Sunday, 25th May. The Silverstone three-hour race will then begin at 14.55, with online streaming at http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live
In addition to the Silverstone race, Daniel will also form part of a four driver line-up at Beechdean for the Total 24 Hours of Spa at the famous Belgian track in July. He will join Howard, Jonny Adam and Le Mans 24 Hours podium finisher Stefan Mücke.
Source. Marc Orme