Daniel Lloyd won his first ever British Touring Car race with a win in the third and final race at Croft.
Having been picked for pole thanks to the reverse grid draw, Daniel Lloyd got off to a great start and held the lead through the first corner.
Tom Chilton also got off to a fantastic start and went around the outside of former teammate Senna Proctor at turn one to go second.
Ashley Sutton was working his way through the field, going up the inside of Andrew Jordan at Sunny in on lap five with Colin Turkington following him through. Sutton was now running fifth and Turkington sixth, Jordan dropped to seventh.
Sutton then went up the inside of Matt Neal at the hairpin to grab fourth on lap eight, but Neal retaliated going up the inside at turn one. However, Sutton turned into the apex and was tagged by Neal on the right rear sending him through the gravel, dropping to seventh behind Andrew Jordan.
An aggrieved Ashley Sutton caught back up to Jordan and gave him a little nudge as they headed into the hairpin on lap twelve – moving him up to sixth. Jordan was unhappy with this move – flashing his lights trying to force Sutton into a mistake. However, Sutton kept a cool head and remained sixth. However, Sutton would go on to receive a time penalty dropping him to seventh and moving Jordan to sixth.
After falling a long way behind Tom Chilton in second, Senna Proctor managed to close the gap during the second half of the race but couldn’t get past the Shredded Wheat Focus RS.
After the race, Daniel Lloyd said, “I’m lost for words, I’m so happy. It means so much for the team, we didn’t even know if we’d be on the grid this weekend because of the damage from Oulton (Park). The boys have worked so hard, to do this is just amazing.”
He continued, “I wasn’t nervous what so ever, I know I can do it – put me in the right car at the right time and I know I can do the job, I’m so happy the way I won it as well – so credit to the team, to come out with a win is unbelievable.”
Second place finisher Tom Chilton commented, “It’s perfect isn’t it? Two race weekends and we’ve had three podiums so it’s fantastic. I can’t believe I started seventeenth at the start of the weekend, then we worked our way to fifteenth, then sixth and now second – it’s been a hell of a weekend. Thank you so much to Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher, without them this wouldn’t be possible. I can’t believe we recovered from where we qualified.”
Chilton also admitted that he thought there was a problem with the car that caused him to slow down in the final few laps. “I got a quality start – I knew I would because I wasn’t starting on the hard tyre. I thought he (Daniel Lloyd) might be a little bit inexperienced and use his tyres too hard and they might go off towards the end. But the extra weight I was carrying compared to Dan (Lloyd) hurt my tyres a lot more. I don’t know if I’m down to the canvas on my front left or whether it was a slow puncture, but I lost an awful lot over the last three or four laps – I was really worried. Thanks to Senna (Proctor) for driving cleanly.”
Senna Proctor admitted that he was happy to finish third, “Mid-race on the hard tyre I thought we were starting to lose the edge on them and the medium tyres were coming on strong. Dan (Lloyd) and Tom (Chilton) exploited me a bit at the start and worked to their advantages but I managed to catch back up, it just wasn’t enough to catch Tom (Chilton) – but another podium is just amazing.”
It was the first ever win in the British Touring Cars for both Daniel Lloyd and the BTC Norlin team – so a massive congratulations to them.
Colin Turkington still leads the championship as we head into a five-week summer break – where the action will resume at Snetterton with the 60th-anniversary meeting including a sixty-mile race, rather than the normal thirty that they all roughly are.
By Jordan Hollands