TCR UK points leader Dan Lloyd was ‘over the moon’ to score his second successive pole position at Knockhill, as the WestCoast Racing driver held off a challenge from Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat to take the top spot.
Lloyd and Moffat will once again occupy the front row of the grid for the first race of a TCR UK weekend, although the Leeds-based racer admitted that he felt under pressure from the Scot throughout the session.
“It was mega – I’m over the moon with the actual lap itself,” said Lloyd. “Aiden put quite a bit of pressure on me and he was getting really close – he was around two hundredths behind me, so I needed to pull something out of the bag.
“I just pushed 100% and nailed every corner. I literally could not have gone quicker than that, so I’m really, really happy.”
For the reverse-grid second race Lloyd will start from ninth, after the top ten from drivers’ second-best laps were reversed.
Lloyd predicts that passing will be tough on the anti-clockwise configuration, and points to the start as being crucial in determining the outcome of the race.
“Pole is great, but obviously I’ve still got to get a good start. It’s important to be in the lead here and overtaking is going to be incredibly hard. In the second race I’m just going to have to get stuck in.”
He also told TouringCars.Net that should the weather turn wet for Sunday’s races then he expects rival Moffat to have an edge over him.
“If it’s wet then there’s a lot of kerbs out there and it will be quite interesting. I don’t know if Aiden has been around here in the wet before and if he has he will be at an advantage.”