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BTCC Croft: Lloyd beats Turkington for emotional win in Race 1

Autosport logo Autosport 26/6/2022 Marcus Simmons

Both drivers bounced back from their massive accident at Oulton Park to provide a compelling opener on the North Yorkshire circuit, from which Lloyd prevailed to claim his second BTCC race win.

Key to Lloyd’s win was a superb opening lap. From third on the grid, his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N slipped down the inside of Dan Rowbottom’s Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R for second at the first turn at Clervaux.

Turkington’s West Surrey Racing BMW 330e M Sport had converted pole into the lead, but the rear-wheel-drive cars take longer to warm their tyres, and Lloyd drew to the outside into Tower bend.

He then got a cutback on exit, and Lloyd completed his pass for the lead by holding a slide around the outside into the Jim Clark Esses.

An early safety car, caused by Ollie Jackson’s Ford becoming embedded in the tyre wall at Sunny Out, eliminated Lloyd’s advantage, and he then faced seven laps of Turkington breathing down his neck until a second neutralisation, triggered by Aron Taylor-Smith spinning his Team Hard Cupra into the barriers on the exit of the chicane.

There were three laps of racing to go when the race went green, and Lloyd had to resist Turkington, 13 times a winner at this circuit.

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport © Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport

Colin Turkington, Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

Turkington’s final gambit was to draw to the outside into the complex on the last lap, but somehow Lloyd held on and took the flag 0.377 seconds in front.

“Oh my God, I’m an emotional wreck, I really am,” said a tearful Lloyd.

“The last two weeks have been hell, and to come back and do that after the team have rebuilt the car, I’m just lost for words.

“It was really hard work. I said I’d give it my all and that first lap was the representation of it.

“After that we didn’t have the ultimate pace, especially in the final sector.”

Turkington was not only attacking but defending through the middle portion of the race, with Rowbottom right on his bootlid.

But a messy final restart from Rowbottom sent the Honda through the gravel at Clervaux, and from then to the finish he had to concentrate on fending off the second Excelr8 Hyundai of Tom Ingram, who set fastest lap in the early stages as he latched onto the leading trio.

Jake Hill in his WSR BMW completed the five-car train for the lead during the middle of the race, but a lock-up entering the complex on the penultimate lap dropped him away from Ingram and into the clutches of Ash Sutton’s Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, which he narrowly beat to fifth.

Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 Hyundai i30N © Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 Hyundai i30N

Tom Ingram, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 Hyundai i30N

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

Rory Butcher made good progress early on from outside the top 10 to take seventh in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla ahead of Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50), George Gamble (Ciceley Motorsport BMW) and Tom Chilton (Excelr8 Hyundai).

Gordon Shedden went out on the first lap with suspension damage to his Dynamics Honda, while championship leader Josh Cook was a lowly 15th in his BTC Racing Honda.

BTCC Croft - Race 1 Results

ClaDriver ChassisLapsInterval                                                                   
1 Daniel Lloyd 18
2 Colin Turkington 18
3 Daniel Rowbottom 18 0.402
4 Tom Ingram 18 0.388
5 Jake Hill 18 1.042
6 Ashley Sutton 18 0.525
7 Rory Butcher 18 0.713
8 Aiden Moffat 18 0.300
9George Gamble18 0.598
10 Tom Chilton 18 1.049
11 Stephen Jelley 18 0.275
12Bobby Thompson18 0.693
13 Dan Cammish 18 0.412
14James Gornall18 0.621
15 Josh Cook 18 0.504
16Michael Crees18 1.050
17 Jason Plato 18 1.156
18 Ash Hand 18 0.629
19 Adam Morgan 18 0.274
20Dexter Patterson18 0.173
21 Sam Osborne 18 2.255
22 Jade Edwards 18 0.829
23 Nicolas Hamilton 18 1.422
24 Ricky Collard 17
Aron Taylor-Smith 12
Will Powell11
Ollie Jackson 1
Gordon Shedden 1
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