Daniel Lloyd claimed the first victory in the new for 2018 TCR UK championship with a lights to flag victory at Silverstone.
Lloyd took pole the previous day ahead of Aiden Moffat in the Laser Tools Racing Alfa Romeo. The two drivers shot off into the lead and quickly built up an advantage. The fast starting Oliver Taylor driving the Pyro run Honda Civic was third keeping the pressure on.
The action was frantic in the pack a Lewis Kent lost ground with turbo issues and desperately tried to keep positions which lead to contact with the Vauxhall Astra of Darelle Wilson, the latter ending up in the gravel but thankfully with no damage and was able to make the start of race two.
Once the drivers had settled it looked like a straight fight between Lloyd and Moffat for the win until Taylor began to reel them in bringing the second West Coast Racing Volkswagen Golf of Andreas Bӓckman with him. Bӓckman was showing impressive pace and matching the leaders times.
Lloyd seemed to have it all under control until the flag as Moffat fought with worn tyres on his Alfa Romeo in order to maintain the gap ahead of Taylor.
Lloyd made TCR UK history to become the first ever victor “It feels awesome, I’m really over the moon with that. It was a tough race. I did a good job at the start and got a gap and then just controlled the pace from there”.
Moffat and Taylor joined Lloyd on the podium in second and third respectively.
Daniel Lloyd secured a second victory in race two at Silverstone.
The reverse grid saw a frantic first three laps but it did not take long for the cream to rise to the top as race one podium finishes Lloyd, Moffat and Taylor found themselves chasing leader Andreas Bӓckman.
Lloyd showed his pace from race one was not a fluke as he reeled in his West Coast Racing teammate and passed him to take lead which he kept until the end.
Moffat also found a way passed Bӓckman but Golf driver fought hard to regain his second place which he was eventually rewarded with as Moffat suffered an engine problem on the last lap.
This promoted Oliver Taylor to secure his second podium of the day in third place.
Lloyd commented “I owe a massive thanks to West Coast Racing; they’ve done an awesome job. This opportunity was a late deal, we’re really pushing to carry on but I’m over the moon with this weekend”.
The TCR UK series has had a brilliant start with a varied and quality grid of cars which is sure to grow in popularity. The racing was frantic but fair and the atmosphere in the paddock a mix of welcoming and excitement at the start of what is sure to be a UK racing success.
Chris Brown (@cbrownmsport)