New formula goes great off the grid

PUBLISHED: 12:58 19 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010

Action on the track

Action on the track

THE inaugural season of SaxMax, the new motor racing formula designed for young drivers and the brainchild of Wisbech s Paul McMillan, got off the grid at Donington Park at the weekend. And fittingly, it was Paul s son, Liam, who took the honours to win t

Andy Tibbs

THE inaugural season of SaxMax, the new motor racing formula designed for young drivers and the brainchild of Wisbech's Paul McMillan, got off the grid at Donington Park at the weekend.

And fittingly, it was Paul's son, Liam, who took the honours to win the very first SaxMax race.

Liam, 16, dominated Sunday's first round by setting the fastest qualifying time and taking pole position with a lap time of 1:33.99.

Joe McMillan, also 16, also qualified well, taking third place on the grid with a time of 1:34.66 and the top 10 also included Wisbech racers Andrew Tibbs, 14, (fourth) and Henry King, 16, (seventh).

And in the first ever SaxMax final, Liam held his position under strong pressure from Daniel Brown to win the eight-lap race.

Andrew Tibbs came through to take third but Joe McMillan failed to finish and Henry King was disqualified.

Wisbech also provided the highest finisher in the third round of the 750 Motor Club's Stock Hatch season.

Maurice Hayden set the third fastest qualifying time ahead of fellow Wisbech racers, Martin Boon (seventh), Terry Roughton (14th) and Gareth Wright (29th).

However, Hayden was the only Fenland racer to qualify for Saturday's final after his third place finish in heat one.

Starting from fifth on the grid, Hayden moved up to finish fourth in the final just 2.17 seconds behind race winner John Hemming.

Benwick's Pete Richards, driving a Clan Crusader, finished 23rd in Saturday's Roadsports and 7s race.

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