Dan Lloyd takes crucial pole for Donington Park finale

Dan Lloyd takes crucial pole for Donington Park finale

Photo: TCR UK

Dan Lloyd claimed a crucial pole position for the TCR UK Touring Car Championship season finale at Donington Park, with chief title rival Ollie Taylor only fourth behind a WestCoast Racing 1-2-3.

Lloyd’s quickest time of 1:10.358 – the best of the weekend thus far around the 1.97 mile East Midlands circuit – proved enough to edge out team mate Andreas Backman and his sibling Jessica by around half a second apiece.

With Pyro Motorsport’s Taylor just fourth behind – and another 11 points for Lloyd’s championship effort with pole – the British Touring Car Championship race winner needs only a 6-point swing in the opening race to be crowned the series’ inaugural Champion.

Taylor – twice a race winner in 2018 at Castle Combe and Croft – will need to overturn the trio if he is to take the race down to the wire, with expected heavy rain set to potentially play into his favour on Sunday.

Stewart Lines rounded out the top five after a strong day for the CUPRA, with team mate Carl Swift eighth behind the Vauxhall Astra of Darelle Wilson and the second Pyro-run Honda Civic Type R FK7 of Finlay Crocker.

Lewis Kent put a frustrating warm-up and practice result behind him to put his Hyundai i30 N TCR into ninth, with the returning Josh Price rounding out the top ten.

Sean Walkinshaw’s difficult weekend behind the wheel of the Honda Civic FK2 continued, as he rounded out the field in 11th, a second adrift of Price as his nearest rival.

The penultimate race of the season is due to get underway at 13:15 BST tomorrow [14th October].

Qualifying result (race one grid)

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 23 Dan LLOYD WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 1:10.358 0.000
2 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 1:10.683 0.325
3 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 1:10.893 0.535
4 32 Oliver TAYLOR Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 16 1:11.157 0.799
5 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR V3 DSG 19 1:11.649 1.291
6 50 Darelle WILSON DW Racing Vauxhall Astra TCR 16 1:11.746 1.388
7 8 Finlay CROCKER Verizon Connect Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 1:11.831 1.473
8 45 Carl SWIFT Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR 13 1:11.895 1.537
9 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 1:11.920 1.562
10 28 Josh PRICE JP Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 11 1:11.969 1.611
11 55 Sean WALKINSHAW Sean Walkinshaw Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 16 1:12.999 2.641

Second-fastest times reversed (race two grid)

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 45 Carl SWIFT Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR 13 1:13.034 2.579
2 28 Josh PRICE JP Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 11 1:12.036 1.581
3 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 18 1:11.926 1.471
4 8 Finlay CROCKER Verizon Connect Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 15 1:11.898 1.443
5 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR V3 DSG 19 1:11.789 1.334
6 50 Darelle WILSON DW Racing Vauxhall Astra TCR 16 1:11.785 1.330
7 32 Oliver TAYLOR Pyro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR 16 1:11.249 0.794
8 26 Jessica BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 1:11.238 0.783
9 19 Andreas BÄCKMAN WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 17 1:10.765 0.310
10 23 Dan LLOYD WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 16 1:10.455
11 55 Sean WALKINSHAW Sean Walkinshaw Racing Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 16 1:13.098 0.064