16 October 2015
Stepping into the Dunlop Series whilst being the leader of the current Kumho V8 Touring Car Series was always going to be a big moment for Liam and a big test. The youngster from Queensland had set himself a top 15 goal knowing that the step was a huge one and the level of competition was high being amongst 22 other drivers all fighting for the ultimate goal. With the wise and sensible advice from Ben Eggleston and the entire team at Eggleston Motorsport, it was game on for Thursday's practice. Liam showed his characteristically high levels of maturity and did a sensible but fast coverage of the mountain with some very impressive displays of speed and control. In qualifying on Friday Liam cracked into the 2.09 bracket and finished the session in P15. This was a great result for the first time in a V8 at Mount Panorama.
Saturday afternoon saw ominous dark clouds begin to surround the mountain. The race started in dry conditions and Liam struggled with high fuel load and a high differential ratio resulting in a poor start slipping back to P21. With determination he fought his way back to P15 and then the rain came to the mountain. With a wet mountain and a dry front section of the track the team decided for him to stay out on slicks as this was the tyre of choice for all the front runners. In these conditions Liam excelled and moved up to P11 and during the semi wet conditions he was fourth fastest in the entire field. Liam held on to finish 11th and in doing so impressed the team, commentators and fans alike. Liam competes next at SMSP in his final round of the Kumho Series and is then off the the DVS round at Homebush in December. Thanks again to the great team at Eggleston Motorsport and all our sponsors including Coates Hire, YRPS, iPAS, Evans Petersen Healthcare, Productivity Boot Camp, All Star Group and Australian Civil Haulage.