Dan Lloyd made it two pole positions out of two events by securing the top time in qualifying for the TCR UK series at Knockhill, as local racer Aiden Moffat also qualified on the front row of the grid.
Championship leader Lloyd had earlier topped Friday’s test day and Saturday morning’s practice session and the WestCoast Racing driver went to the top of the times after eight minutes. But with Moffat getting ever-quicker, Lloyd had to improve throughout the session, eventually setting a time of 50.823 to claim pole position for the first race.
Laser Tools Racing’s Moffat ended up two and a half tenths back having posted his best lap time of 51.074. Lloyd’s Volkswagen and Moffat’s Alfa Romeo were followed by the Honda Civic of Ollie Taylor (Pyro Motorsport) in third; Taylor improved his time twice in the final ten minutes (51.304). Swedish racer Andreas Bäckman was fourth fastest (51.507).
TCR newcomer Josh Price (BMR Autoglym Academy) overcame an engine failure in practice to take to the circuit with seconds to spare at the beginning of the half-hour session; he qualified his Honda Civic in fifth (51.578), ahead of the 2018-specification Honda of Scottish racer Finlay Crocker (Verizon Connect Racing) in sixth (51.638).
The grid for the second race, which is based on a reversal of the top ten drivers’ second fastest laps, will see Sean Walkinshaw start from pole position with Darelle Wilson alongside.
Lloyd said: “It was mega! I’m over the moon with the actual lap itself. 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, so I just pushed 100% and nailed every corner. I literally could not have gone quicker than that, so I’m really, really happy.”
The first of tomorrow’s two races will start at 10:25 local time (11:25 CET) and will be streamed live at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.
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