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Liam McMillan, the youngest driver in this year’s HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, has withdrawn from this weekend’s race meeting at his local Snetterton circuit.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.”

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.”