Liam McMillan, the youngest driver in this year’s HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, has withdrawn from this weekend’s race meeting at his local Snetterton circuit.
The talented 19-year old driver from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire had planned to contest the event in his ex-Jason Plato SEAT Toledo, which is supported by Petronas Syntium, Cobra Engineering, EPM Technology and Proppa. He would, however, have had to use his less- powerful 20 value engine (as his 16 value unit isn’t fully rebuilt) and Liam is unwilling to race at the fast Snetterton track without a realistic chance of challenging for a top 10 finish.

In his first season of racing in the BTCC, and only his forth season in motor racing, Liam has demonstrated his potential by finishing just outside the top 10 three times and recording the second fastest time through a speed trap at Thruxton – clocking an impressive 127.1mph in the opening free practice session. The 2006 SAXMAX Champion now hopes to make at least one more BTCC appearance this season.

Liam McMillan: “Missing the BTCC race weekend at Snetterton was a difficult decision to make, but we haven’t let our hearts rule our heads and it’s definitely the correct thing to do.

“I know we can’t win with the equipment we have, but we want to put on a good show and do our best.  With a 16 valve engine we could challenge for a top ten result – but that engine isn’t fully rebuilt and we need to test it before we race it again.  With our 20 value engine, which was our only option for Snetterton, we’d be confined to the back of the field, and that isn’t good for my career.  I never want to be on track, just to make up the numbers.

“I’m hoping we’ll be able to test the 16 value engine soon and then we’ll make a decision as to which circuits will suit the Toledo the best and go from there.”