WISBECH: McMillan in 130mph crash at British Touring Cars race in Thruxton
LIAM MCMILLAN amazingly walked away with just minor injuries after destroying his car in a 130mph accident. The Wisbech driver suffered the biggest smash of his career in the last lap of round six of the British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton. His
LIAM MCMILLAN amazingly walked away with just minor injuries after destroying his car in a 130mph accident.
The Wisbech driver suffered the biggest smash of his career in the last lap of round six of the British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton.
His SEAT Toledo unexpectedly snapped to the left as he was going around the first right-hand turn.
The car took to the grass on the outside of the track, before spinning across the circuit and slamming sideways into a metal crash barrier on the infield section.
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The impact ripped the engine, gearbox, rear axle and sub-frame, but the cockpit safety equipment saved McMillan, 19, from serious injury.
He said: "I felt something let go on the rear axle and the car snapped to the left as I was coming out of Allard's. I kept my foot down on the accelerator to try and keep away from the crash barriers on the outside of the corner, and having done that I jumped on the brakes to try and stop hitting the barriers on the inside.
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"As the car spun across the track I was looking for a run-off area or gravel trap to head for, but instead I hit the barriers pretty hard.
"I was a bit bruised and have a headache, but apart from that I'm fine."
McMillan was forced to retire from the first race of the weekend due to engine failure and he finished 19th in race two.
n There was more success at Thruxton for Upwell's Jake Giddings.
The 14-year-old picked up two points in the Junior Ginetta Championships, a support event to the BTCC, finishing 17th and 18th.