Katie Milner maintained her excellent form in the Junior Saloon Car Championship with another brilliant weekend, this time at Snetterton. Following on from her maiden victory at Pembrey, Milner was hunting further silverware as the championship arrived at Snetterton for the third round of the season. Katie’s pace was consistently good throughout the meeting as she finished inside the top-5 during both races, narrowly missing out a podium position. This has further strengthened her position in the championship as she now sits fourth in the overall standings, just 19 points behind leader Ed Moore.
With the meeting at Snetterton taking place over just one day, it was set to be a hectic schedule for all Junior Saloon Car Championship drivers. Testing took place on the week leading up to the event with bright and dry conditions enabling drivers to familiarise themselves with the circuit ahead of qualifying and both races on Saturday. Qualifying took place on Saturday morning with all drivers just given six laps to set two quick lap times which would set the starting order for both races. The lengthy nature of the Snetterton track meant that any mistakes would be punished with little time to start a fresh lap. Katie was on the pace straight away and vaulted into provisional pole position after her first flying lap. Consistency was vital with Milner setting four of her six laps within one second of each other to qualify fourth for the first race of the weekend and sixth for race two.
Due to a penalty being applied to a driver ahead of her, Katie started the opening race from third position, two rows ahead of championship leader George Sutton. Milner made a fantastic start and jumped to second after the first lap, passing former karter Matt Round-Garrido. Her rival found a way past on lap two but Katie was setting competitive lap times and was still within five seconds of race leader Ed Moore. On the penultimate lap of the race, Charlie Kennedy took third away from Milner after a close battle with neither driver wanting to give away their chance of silverware. Despite Katie’s best efforts, she was unable to re-pass Kennedy who finished the six lap contest in third; nevertheless, fourth place was a great way to start the weekend with valuable championship points earned in process.
Race two of the weekend took place later in the afternoon with Milner facing a tougher test starting from the third row of grid. Once again, Katie made a fantastic start which moved her inside the top-5 after the opening lap and just three seconds off the race lead. On lap two Milner lost out to Round-Garrido who was showing excellent race pace this weekend, with Callum Jenkins also closing in on her after setting the fastest lap of the race. Katie kept her composure during the middle portion of the race before passing Ethan Hammerton on lap five to lift her into fifth position. With an extra lap added to the second race, Milner had a great chance to take fourth away from Adam Batty, but despite some great side-by-side racing, Batty held onto the position with Katie finishing in a highly credible fifth in tough conditions at Snetterton.
Katie’s progress over the opening three races of the season has been terrific with the young driver finishing inside the top-5 in the last four races, one of only three drivers to do so. Milner’s excellent qualifying performances, coupled with her mature racecraft, will serve her well during the remaining races of the season with a busy schedule over the next couple of months. The Junior Saloon Car Championship returns in three weeks’ time as the series heads to Rockingham before visiting Donington Park the following week with Katie aiming to further strengthen her title challenge.
Katie would like to thank Nimbus Motorsport, Torco, Merlin International Trading, Autocool Radiators and Myprotein for all their continued support.
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