Liam roars at Brands Hatch
RACING driver Liam McMillan continues to impress on the international stage. He was the youngest driver to contest the two SEAT Eurocup races at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit last weekend, but gave many top European drivers a racing lesson. He finis
RACING driver Liam McMillan continues to impress on the international stage.
He was the youngest driver to contest the two SEAT Eurocup races at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit last weekend, but gave many top European drivers a racing lesson.
He finished 12th then eighth with two excellent performances.
A regular competitor in the Spanish Supercopa, the 18-year-old from Wisbech added the British round of the new SEAT Eurocup to his programme.
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This was the first time McMillan had raced on the nine-corner 2.3-mile circuit.
He said afterwards: "It was great to be racing back on home soil and it was extra special to race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit for the first time.
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"Rob Huff (Chevrolet World Touring Car driver) gave me some advice on how to take a particular corner, and it made a big difference.
"Unfortunately I was held up by slower cars in qualifying, and was disappointed to end the session in 12th because I knew I could have gone faster."
In a field of 25 cars, McMillan qualified just 0.887 seconds adrift of pole-sitter Norbert Michelisz, from Hungary.
After a rolling start in searing heat, McMillan made a spectacular move around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend to move up to sixth place at the first turn, but was hit hard from behind by Spain's Diego Puyo at the next corner and spun onto the grass.
McMillan rejoined the race in last place and fought his way back up to 12th by the chequered flag.
Race two saw a more traditional standing start, and from 12th McMillan pushed hard. He held the fastest lap for much of the race, eventually setting the second best lap time, and was soon embroiled in a battle with fellow countryman Tom Boardman and the winner of race one, Eoin Murray, from Ireland.
McMillan overtook both to move up to sixth, but finished eighth behind Murray and Boardman.
McMillan said: "I had a great battle with Tom Boardman and Eoin Murray. Both these drivers have raced in the British Touring Car Championship and have a lot more experience than me, so I was pleased that I could overtake and then stay ahead of both of them.
"I let Tom go past because he's a team-mate and he's contesting all the Eurocup series and I'm not, and even though I'd dropped to eighth by the chequered flag I was very pleased. All in all it was a very good race weekend."
Huff, from Red Lodge near Newmarket raced at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
He was leading the pack and one lap away from securing a dream win on his 100th race as a professional touring car driver, when the first puncture in his 10-year racing career forced him into the pits.
Huff finished 21st.