Liam McMillan was able to walk away uninjured from a high-speed accident during the second rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.
The teenager qualified in 20th place after suffering from a cracked sump during the qualifying session, but was forced to retire from the opening race when he suffered an engine failure after just five laps.
It forced the team to switch to a less powerful back-up motor for the second race and McMillan ran as high as 13th place before slipping back down the order to finish 19th.
It was the third race however where things went wrong in dramatic fashion for the Maxtreme driver, when he suffered a suspected rear axle failure going through the right-hander at Allard. It forced the ex-Jason Plato SEAT Toledo to snap left with the car taking the grass before spinning back across the circuit and hitting the barrier on the infield.
The impact ripped the engine, gearbox, rear axle and sub-frame from the car, although McMillan himself was able to walk away.
“I felt something let go on the rear axle and the car snapped to the left as I was coming out of Allard's,” he said. “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.
“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. I'm in a lot better shape than the car is, that's for sure, and luckily we have two spare shells and plenty of spares.
“I'm more disappointed that our newly rebuilt engine failed in race one. We had exactly the same problem as we had at Brands Hatch and for it to happen again after so few miles is very frustrating.”