Final flourish in slow lane
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010
LIAM McMillan ended the 20th and final round of the 2007 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship by crossing the finish line in the pit lane - emulating the way Michael Schumacher finished the 1998 British Grand Prix. Both were extremely clever motorsport move
LIAM McMillan ended the 20th and final round of the 2007 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship by crossing the finish line in the pit lane - emulating the way Michael Schumacher finished the 1998 British Grand Prix.
Both were extremely clever motorsport moves, and whilst the seven-time Formula 1 world champion did it to take a stop-and-go penalty without losing any places, Liam ensured that a fuel pump problem didn't leave him stranded out on the long Thruxton circuit.
The slightly odd ending summed up a strange weekend for the talented 17-year-old driver from Wisbech.
His team had experienced a fuel pressure problem in testing at Donington Park, and two new fuel pumps had initially solved the problem. But in qualifying the problem returned.
Yet in early unimpeded laps Liam qualified in ninth for both Rounds 19 and 20 of the SEAT Cupra Championship.
A huge crowd had gathered at the fast Hampshire circuit for the season finale.
Liam started the penultimate round of the year well, but a puncture forced him to come into the pits for a tyre change, before a fuel problem returned and on one lap his car cut out for seven seconds.
Wanting to finish the race, Liam came into the pits on the final lap to take the chequered flag in the pit lane and claim a 9th place finish. Out of 28 cars that contested the SEAT series, Liam, the youngest driver ever to contest the SEAT Cupra Championship, finished 12th in the New Leon Cupra class, having scored 49 points in 13 of the 18 races he was allowed to score points in.
Minor modifications to his car did not conform to the UK regulations meant that Liam, who is sponsored by the Wisbech Standard, had to race the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya as a non-points scoring guest.