Liam roars in Spanish heat
RACING driver Liam McMillan secured his best individual result and a hat-trick of point-scoring finishes at a SEAT Supercopa race meeting in southern Spain at the weekend. In searing heat at Albacete he finished seventh and then sixth in rounds eight and
RACING driver Liam McMillan secured his best individual result and a hat-trick of point-scoring finishes at a SEAT Supercopa race meeting in southern Spain at the weekend.
In searing heat at Albacete he finished seventh and then sixth in rounds eight and nine on Sunday.
The previous day he secured his first points of the season, when he came 12th.
McMillan said: "We had an excellent race weekend at Albacete.
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"We'd lapped quicker there in testing, but the high temperatures made the track slower this time - yet we were still one of the fastest cars out on the circuit; only two other cars were able to set a better lap time."
Many cars suffered overheating problems in Saturday's opening race, but Wisbech-based McMillan was one of the fastest cars on the track, moving up from 14th to ninth.
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The 18-year-old lost ground when the hot exhaust gases from the car ahead, combined with the baking temperatures, forced his car to switch into safe mode and with only 50 per cent throttle he slipped to 12th.
In Sunday's first race, McMillan ran as high as fifth before finishing seventh after a good battle.
This result determined for grid for the final race of the weekend.
A good start saw McMillan running at sixth.
Despite a handling problem caused by a bent bottom arm in his car, he managed to hold onto that position, scoring his best ever Supercopa result and completing a hat-trick of points-scoring finishes.
McMillan's next race meeting will be the SEAT Leon Eurocup meeting at Brands Hatch on July 26-27.
This is a support race to the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
In preparation, McMillan took his first look at the famous former Formula 1 arena in Kent on a recent track day - driving his mother's Renault Clio road car.
He has also raced at Brands Hatch recently, this time on the shorter Indy Circuit.
He returned to the SAXMAX series for a race, and despite driving a junior formula car, which is 20brake horse power down on the Stockhatch machines, he still qualified fourth out of 67 cars and lead the race.
His driving skill enabled him to be quick around the corners, but the less powerful car was a sitting duck down the straights, and having been punted off, McMillan eventually finished fourth.
This meeting also saw seven other drivers from the Wisbech area compete.
Terry Roughton secured two second places, Maurice Hayden earned a third and a seventh, Shaun Hagen got one fourth, Ryan Bensley earned a sixth and a 19th Wayne Harris came 15th and an 18th, Robbie Boon secured a 16th, , while Liam's father, Joe McMillan failed to finish two races.