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BTCC Croft: Lloyd doubles up to beat Ingram in Hyundai 1-2

Dan Lloyd made it two wins out of two at the Croft round of the British Touring Car Championship by leading home Tom Ingram for an Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai 1-2.

Daniel Lloyd, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

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Lloyd made a relative scorcher of a start from pole, such that the rear-wheel-drive West Surrey Racing BMW 330e M Sport of outside front-row starter Colin Turkington could make no impression on him.

Ingram then emulated Lloyd’s first-race move on Turkington by drawing to the outside of the BMW into Tower, then getting a cutback on the exit and sweeping around the outside of the Jim Clark Esses to take second position.

Another of the Excelr8 Hyundais caused an early safety car. James Gornall, standing in for Jack Butel for this round only, has performed extremely creditably all weekend, but his Hyundai hit the barriers at Hawthorns.

After the restart Ingram was soon on Lloyd’s case, and in turn Turkington got close to the leading Hyundai i30 Ns.

Lloyd then pulled out a small gap, only for Ingram to reel him back in with a couple of laps remaining.

With a lap to go the two Hyundais were right together, but Lloyd held on his second win of the day by 0.634 seconds, and the third of his BTCC career.

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“The red light stayed on forever and I really bogged,” explained Lloyd of the start. “But other people must have had a bit of a ’mare.

“We made a big improvement to the car from race one and it paid off – it just made it much more easy to handle out the back. Then it was a case of managing the hybrid – obviously it’s the first time I’ve had such little use of it.”

Daniel Lloyd, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

Daniel Lloyd, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30N

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Behind Turkington, Jake Hill made it a WSR BMW 3-4, courtesy of a sweet move around the outside of Dan Rowbottom into the Jim Clark Esses at half-distance.

Hill then gained on the leading trio, but could not make a serious impression on them.

Rowbottom’s Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R had Ash Sutton close at hand, with the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus driver claiming his second sixth place of the day.

The next two positions were also duplicated from earlier on, with Rory Butcher (Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla) leading Aiden Moffat, whose Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 fell away late on.

Tom Chilton took his second top-10 finish of the day with ninth in his Excelr8 Hyundai, with the WSR BMW of Stephen Jelley completing the top 10.

Josh Cook made progress to finish 11th in his BTC Racing Honda, but has now lost the championship lead to Ingram.

Gordon Shedden, meanwhile, charged from the back of the grid to 12th in his Dynamics Honda, and has been rewarded with pole for the reversed-grid race.

George Gamble should have been in the top 10, but the Ciceley BMW rookie slowed from ninth at half-distance and rejoined after a pitstop.

BTCC Croft - Race 2 Results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Gap Interval
1 United Kingdom Daniel Lloyd   18    
2 United Kingdom Tom Ingram   18    
3 United Kingdom Colin Turkington   18   0.522
4 United Kingdom Jake Hill   18   1.334
5 United Kingdom Daniel Rowbottom   18   2.096
6 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton   18   0.930
7 United Kingdom Rory Butcher   18   1.203
8 United Kingdom Aiden Moffat   18   3.186
9 United Kingdom Tom Chilton   18   1.537
10 United Kingdom Stephen Jelley   18   0.400
11 United Kingdom Josh Cook   18   0.615
12 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden   18   0.426
13 United Kingdom Dan Cammish   18   1.501
14 Bobby Thompson   18   0.382
15 United Kingdom Adam Morgan   18   0.309
16 United Kingdom Ash Hand   18   2.789
17 United Kingdom Jason Plato   18   3.380
18 Dexter Patterson   18   2.165
19 Sam Osborne   18   1.594
20 United Kingdom Ollie Jackson   18   1.001
21 Ireland Aron Taylor-Smith   18   0.568
22 Nicolas Hamilton   18   5.104
23 Jade Edwards   18   0.853
24 Will Powell   18   8.353
25 George Gamble   16    
26 United Kingdom Ricky Collard   16    
  James Gornall   3    
  Michael Crees   3    

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