Stepps stock car driver George MacMillan Jnr looked back on his year as world champion - and says he has been “living the dream.”
George admitted that he has had a whale of a time since he won the Formula II World Championship at Cowdenbeath in 2014.
He said: “Once I came back down to earth I decided that I would be showing off my gold roof as often as possible at as many tracks as I could.
“One easy decision was to change my racing number from 100 to 1. It is not often you get the chance to be the World Champion and to be able to race as number one - it was an obvious choice.”
“Unfortunately I lost the title at Hednesford this year but was then caught up in a fierce battle for the National Points title, which in the end I won by 45 points! It really got close during the latter part and at one time I thought that I had lost it.”
“I made it a point of showing the gold roof at every track in Britain and Northern Ireland, something that recent World Champions haven’t done and at Venray in Holland where I raced for the World Cup. It was very very wet there, conditions that I am not normally good in, but in the end I picked up a fifth place. I was really very pleased especially as I had started from well down the grid!”
“I raced at most of the World Championship qualifying rounds and was pleased with how things went.”
“Next season the World is on shale at Mildenhall and I hope to get a few meetings in there before the World. My shale car is up for sale and once it is sold we will build a new one. If it doesn’t sell then we will use that next year. I won’t sell my tarmac car – the one I became World Champion in – I will keep it somewhere! High on my priority list is to get the World Title back – I loved being the World Champion!”
“After the World Championship I was determined to win the National Points. At one time I had a lead of over 200 points but after the World it was down to 128. Chris Burgoyne had started to whittle away at my lead and whilst there were still a lot of meetings remaining it was a case of doing everyone possible. The lead continued to drop and at one Cowdenbeath meeting Chris sent me crashing into the wall pretty hard! However despite that we continued to speak to each other. At one Northampton meeting I had crashed out and he pushed me off the track and into the pits so it was still friendly rivalry.”
“Chris then missed one Barford meeting where he usually scored well but there the gap was down to around thirty. However the gap rose to just over 50 points with two meetings remaining and on the same day, one at Barford and the other at Belle Vue, so I felt that the pressure was on Chris.
“It rained and I am not too good in the rain so after Chris had scored well in the heats it was getting down to the nitty gritty! If Chris had won the final he would get double points in the Grand National and I figured he could finish in the top three so he could have scored 26 points or more.
“That would have made it too close for my liking so I took him out of the race not long after it had started. Chris repaid the compliment at the start to the Grand National so it was all to play for at Belle Vue.
“ The mechanics loaded up my tarmac car as we set off to Belle Vue where the shale car had been taken, usually when we are on a trip there is always someone sleeping in the car or van but this time we were all wide awake and basically realized that the title was ours.
“As it was Chris headed home. I managed about four laps at Belle Vue before the car broke down but there was so much water on the track that the formula II racing was abandoned.
“I was drookit but happy and was the National Points Champion after a long hard season so in 2016 will be racing with the silver roof. Will I be able to defend the title? Well we will have to wait and see how the season starts and what my sponsors decide.
“It is the usual saying that without sponsorship I couldn’t have had such an exciting season and it is true. I have to thank D. Polley Motorsport and Polleysport.com, Sibbald Training, Tyldesley Recovery, CWS Windows, Doors and Conservatories, Lyndale racing, McGill Motorsport and J. Davidson scrap for their support and to my hard working mechanics including crew chief David Polley, Richard, Brian, Stuart, Craig and Stuart S for their hard work over the year.”