Andreas Bäckman prevented his WestCoast Racing teammate Dan Lloyd from taking a clean sweep in today’s test sessions at Knockhill when the Swede went fastest in the fourth and final session. Bäckman was a mere seven-hundredths of a second quicker than his English colleague, with ten cars covered by less than nine-tenths of a second.
In the first session of the day, Lloyd’s Volkswagen Golf GTI was three-tenths faster than the Honda Civic of Ollie Taylor, with Bäckman, Finlay Crocker (Honda Civic) and Darelle Wilson (Vauxhall Astra) completing the top five.
The second session then saw Lloyd just seven-hundredths of a second faster than Bäckman, while Josh Price – making his debut in the series in the BMR Autoglym Academy Honda – went third quickest. Lap times were improving thoughout the eleven-car field, with the top seven drivers separated by a little over six-tenths. Aiden Moffatt (Alfa Romeo Giulietta) went off at the chicane and damaged the car’s radiator and front bumper, with the Laser Tools team electing to miss the third test in order to complete the repairs.
In the early afternoon, Lloyd then headed Taylor, Price, Bäckman and Lewis Kent (Hyundai i30 N TCR), while Andreas’ sister Jessica was seventh fastest in the other WestCoast Racing VW, having improved her lap time to a little under nine-tenths of a second of Lloyd’s time.
In the final session, TCR UK Drivers’ Championship leader Lloyd looked to be on course to set yet another quickest time when he was beaten by Bäckman with around six minutes remaining. Any hopes that either driver would improve their time were then dashed when Sean Walkinshaw (Honda Civic) went off just after the chicane when a suspension joint broke, bringing out the red flags.
Saturday’s action gets underway with Free Practice at 09.55, with the thirty-minute Qualifying session beginning at 14.55.