Liam McMillan will be forced to miss the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race meeting at Oulton Park this weekend, as his engine builder has failed to return any of his units that were to power his Maxtreme SEAT Toledo.

Engine problems have blighted all three of Liam’s BTCC race weekend’s so far this season, as a newly-built 16v Toledo engine expired at Brands Hatch and at Thruxton (both after just 40 miles of running), leaving the 19-year old driver from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire to struggle with an underpowered and older 20v unit on race day. He also had to use the 20v engine at Donington Park, despite it having clocked-up twice the recommended number of racing miles without a rebuild.

Liam’s dream of completing his maiden BTCC season look on hold, as French motorsport specialists Oreca has failed to return all three of his 16v engines – despite having them for a considerable amount of time.

Oulton Park is one of Liam’s favourite race tracks and he knows it well, having won all three races there in his SAXMAX title winning season in 2006. Despite having one of the oldest cars on the grid, Liam was hoping to go well at the Cheshire circuit and was aiming to get his Petronas Syntium/Cobra Engineering/EPM Technology/Proppa-supported Toledo into the top 10.

Liam said: “I’m bitterly disappointed to be missing Oulton Park. We sent our engines away in good time and in good faith to be rebuilt by Oreca, but they haven’t been returned. It hasn’t anything to do with myself or the Maxtreme team, but there appears to be an outstanding issue between Oreca and BTC Racing, the team who raced the Toledos last year and who we bought the cars off. We seem to be stuck in the middle of an on-going dispute and our engines, which we own, appear to being held as ransom. We have done all we can, and now it’s up to others to do the honourable thing.”