Dan Lloyd converts reverse grid pole into maiden BTCC victory

Dan Lloyd converts reverse grid pole into maiden BTCC victory

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Daniel Lloyd claimed his maiden victory in the British Touring Car Championship in the final race at Croft.

Starting on pole position due to a reversed top-nine, Lloyd weathered an early challenge from Motorbase’s Tom Chilton and eased clear to win by X seconds.

It not only marks his first race win in the category after only rejoining in the Honda Civic Type R two weeks ago at Oulton Park, but also the maiden race victory for Bert Taylor’s BTC Norlin Racing outfit.

Chilton duly came home in second in the Ford Focus RS, though Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor kept him honest to the chequered flag to complete the rostrum.

The battle for fourth proved a thrilling scrap, in a sequence of events triggered by a bold overtaking move by double Croft race-winner Ash Sutton on Matt Neal at the Hairpin.

The two then made contact again disputing the position on the following run down to Clervaux, with the Subaru forced wide into the gravel and skimming the tyre barriers before rejoining at the rear of the four-car scrap.

Though he would re-pass Andrew Jordan, Sutton was powerless to prevent points leader Colin Turkington taking fifth, and with it extending his title advantage to 19 points heading into the summer break.

Sam Tordoff could do nothing to challenge the quartet but rounded out a strong weekend for Team GardX Racing in eighth ahead of Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis and a weekend-best showing for Tom Oliphant and Ciceley Motorsport in tenth.

Dan Cammish wasn’t quite able to replicate his team-mate’s form in 11th but held off a charging Rob Collard behind.

Adam Morgan finally salvaged some points from a miserable venture to the 2.1 mile Yorkshire circuit to keep himself in the championship frame with 13th.

Rory Butcher took points for the third successive race in 14th, with Matt Simpson rounding out the top 15.

Jason Plato looked a dark horse in the midfield with no ballast but ultimately wasn’t able to mount a challenge and took the chequered flag 19th.

So as the championship heads into a 6-week break before heading to Snetterton on 28-29 July, it’s Team BMW’s Colin Turkington who holds a 19 point advantage.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 26 Daniel LLOYD BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 21:59.346 1:26.213 1
2 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 5.835 1:26.262 4
3 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 6.326 1:26.686 2
4 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 7.775 1:26.491 3
5 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 8.172 1:26.512 7
6 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 8.739 1:26.462 9
7 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 8.906 1:26.481 5
8 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 15 14.33 1:27.006 6
9 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 15 14.427 1:26.499 8
10 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 15.304 1:26.818 13
11 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 15.602 1:27.265 11
12 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 15 19.657 1:26.666 28
13 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 19.797 1:27.485 19
14 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 24.733 1:26.926 10
15 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 24.923 1:27.193 17
16 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 24.955 1:27.549 20
17 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 25.208 1:27.261 16
18 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 25.228 1:27.766 32
19 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 28.177 1:27.300 14
20 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 30.536 1:27.581 23
21 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 30.928 1:28.198 27
22 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 35.055 1:28.216 25
23 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 15 35.882 1:28.171 31
24 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 15 36.361 1:27.986 29
25 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 15 38.767 1:27.952 26
26 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 40.137 1:27.826 24
27 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 15 41.919 1:27.582 30
28 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 15 46.227 1:28.249 21
R 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 10 DNF 1:27.776 18
R 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 7 DNF 1:27.186 15
R 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 DNF 1:26.676 12
R 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 5 DNF 1:27.922 22