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Lloyd holds off Moffat to win action-packed inaugural TCR UK race

Daniel Lloyd put in a composed performance to convert the first ever TCR UK Series pole position into the inaugural race victory behind the wheel of a WestCoast Racing-run Volkswagen Golf GTi.

The former British Touring Car Championship racer made a textbook start and eased into the lead, trading lap times with Aiden Moffat’s Alfa Romeo Guilietta TCR until the chequered flag to continue his perfect start to the season.

Moffat looked to have secured the runner-up spot, but a dramatic five second penalty for exceeding track limits on the final lap looked to have dropped the Laser Tools Racing driver to fourth behind Pyro Motorsport’s Ollie Taylor and WestCoast’s Andreas Backman.

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The penalty, however, was removed shortly after the race ended, ensuring the Scotsman still finished as the runner-up, with Taylor completing the podium ahead of Backman.

Howard Fuller (Sean Walkinshaw Racing) held Finlay Crocker’s Honda Civic Type R FK8 at bay despite some dramatic side-by-side racing through the complex at Brooklands, Luffield and Woodcote, but another track limits penalty for the latter eased the pressure as they finished fifth and sixth.

LMS Racing’s Olli Kangas recovered from contact with Lewis Kent through Copse to finish seventh on the road as the highest-placed CUPRA TCR, holding off pressure from Andreas’ sibling Jessica in the final WestCoast VW.

Stewart Lines claimed the DSG Trophy honours in ninth in the Maximum Motorsport CUPRA, though had Carl Swift not spun at Brooklands in the early stages it might have panned out differently.

Kent struggled to recover from some lively door-to-door action at the start and eventually rounded out the field in eleventh.

One of those incidents left Darelle Wilson’s Vauxhall Astra in the gravel after contact under braking at Beckett’s, whilst the sister Alfa Romeo Guilietta of Derek Palmer Jnr was forced to retire at half distance with an engine issue after a spirited fightback from the rear of the field.

The second TCR UK Series race will get underway at 16:05.

Race result

1 23 Dan LLOYD WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 31 30:43.226 58.951 1
2 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 31 2.255 59.131 2
3 32 Oliver TAYLOR Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R TCR 31 6.642 59.122 5
4 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 31 7.129 58.947 8
5 65 Howard FULLER Sean Walkinshaw Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 31 25.320 59.751 3
6 8 Finlay CROCKER Verizon Connect Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR 31 30.519 59.579 11
7 44 Olli KANGAS LMS Racing CUPRA TCR 31 32.170 59.657 9
8 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 31 33.272 59.454 10
9 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR V3 DSG 31 44.115 1:00.069 12
10 45 Carl SWIFT Endurance Financial Racing CUPRA TCR V3 DSG 31 53.044 1:00.000 6
11 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 31 53.742 1:00.066 4
R 61 Derek PALMER Laser Tools Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR 14 DNF 59.397 13
R 50 Darelle WILSON DW Racing Vauxhall Astra TCR 6 DNF 59.698 7
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