BFREN: Lloyd declared Snetterton round two winner

Alex Lloyd won an eventful Formula Renault race at Snetterton. One single lap saw Lloyd move up from fifth to second and, with leader Tom Sisley already hit with a 10 second penalty, Lloyd held on to second place and got promoted to winner as he crossed the line.

Alex Lloyd.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.

The single qualifying session meant that drivers' fastest times were used to determine the grid for race one and the drivers' next fastest times were used to determine the grid for race two. Mike Conway therefore started from pole position with Tom Sisley alongside him, Tom Spencer in third and James Lewis Hamilton fourth.

The practice of drivers creeping during the red light is an unfortunate part of lower formula racing - sometimes drivers benefit from it whereas sometimes they get caught out. Tom Sisley, starting from second place, was initially a beneficiary of it as he made a flying start to get alongside Mike Conway along the pit straight and then into the lead at the first corner. Spencer meanwhile made a slow start and dropped back to fifth behind Hamilton and Lloyd.

Sisley's flying start, however, did not go unnoticed by the officials and the leader was quickly awarded a 10 second penalty, to be added to his race time. This effectively put Sisley out of the running and promoted Conway to the lead.

Spencer overtook Lloyd on lap four and moved up to fourth place. Then Hamilton, who had be closely trailing Conway for several laps, saw an opportunity and pulled alongside and ahead of lap ten. Conway had been unaware of Sisley's time penalty and made a mistake while pushing hard to catch the leader.

Mike Conway.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.

The race changed totally on lap eleven. Spencer got caught out by Conway's slipstream and ran over the final chicane to avoid running wide into Hamilton who was alongside him. This caused Hamilton to back off he was subsequently passed by Conway. Alex Lloyd, meanwhile, who had been minding his own business in fifth place, suddenly found himself in second.

Sisley set about lapping as fast as possible in order to recover as much of the 10-second deficit. He crossed the line in the lead but was eventually relegated to seventh place, thus handing the win to a delighted Alex Lloyd. Mike Conway finished second, annoyed that not knowing about Sisley's penalty could have cost him the win, and Hamilton finished in third place, having been blocked by other drivers for the second time over the weekend.

Round three of the championship will take place at Brands Hatch after the Champ Car race on May 5th.

Conway wins first round at Snetterton