Taylor reignites TCR UK title tilt with Race 2 victory
09 September 2018
Oliver Taylor reignited his championship challenge in the TCR UK series at Croft with a lights-to-flag victory in the reverse-grid second race, as his main rival Daniel Lloyd retired on the opening lap.
Pyro Motorsport’s Taylor started the from pole position and led into the first corner from Finlay Crocker and Andreas Bäckman, whilst further back Lloyd had hauled his Volkswagen into fourth after the first two corners. Disaster then struck for Lloyd at the chicane, as he thumped the kerbs and his car speared off the circuit onto the infield with suspension damage, forcing him out of the race. Lloyd could then only watch as Taylor went on to secure his second win of the season, slashing Lloyd’s championship advantage to 31 points with only two races left to run.
Crocker took his best-ever TCR result, making it a 1-2 for the Pyro-run Honda Civic FK7 cars, whilst WestCoast Racing’s Andreas Bäckman and his Civic FK2 made it a podium lock-out for Honda in third. Jessica Bäckman was the leading Volkswagen driver in fourth. Stewart Lines brought his Maximum Motorsport CUPRA home in fifth, whilst Essex & Kent Motorsport’s Lewis Kent was the last of the classified finishers in sixth after pitting for a new tyre after picking up a puncture early in the race.
DW Racing’s Darelle Wilson failed to take the start after his recurring steering rack problems returned in race one, ruling his Vauxhall Astra out of the second encounter in Yorkshire.
The final TCR UK round takes place at Donington Park on the 13-14 October.
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