Katie Milner has extended her lead atop the Junior Saloon Car Championship with another impressive weekend, this time coming at Knockhill. The Yorkshire based driver qualified an superb third before going onto claim victory in the opening race of the weekend, also collecting valuable championship points by finishing a hard-fought fourth in race two. This mean that Milner’s lead over second placed driver George Sutton is now over 40 points with one round remaining which takes place at Silverstone next month.
After a long break out of the car, Katie was glad to be back behind the wheel of her Citroen Saxo for testing on Friday leading up to the weekend. Cold and damp conditions graced the Scottish track for the majority of the day but Katie got to grips with the changeable conditions and was confident heading into morning practice the following day. With a close and competitive field of 20 cars at Knockhill, times tumbled during practice with Milner finishing the session with the fifth fastest time.
Qualifying took place later in the afternoon with dry conditions for all drivers as they aimed for the perfect lap time. Katie immediately found her feet by setting a top-5 lap time early on in the session. With many drivers experiencing very little dry weather running at Knockhill, times improved significantly during the second half of the session with Katie’s best lap time good enough for 3rd place on the grid for race one. Milner’s consistency was rewarded as her second fastest lap time was good enough for a front row starting spot for race two.
The opening race of the weekend began on Saturday afternoon with Katie starting from a promising position. After the opening lap she made her way into second and began to hunt down race leader Matteo Zanetti. On lap six Milner made a move on her rival and took the lead, just opening up enough of a gap behind her. Zanetti continued to apply the pressure during the latter stages of the race but Katie held on to take her seventh victory of the season.
Looking for another victory in the second race of the weekend, Milner’s task appeared easier on paper with her front row grid slot. Katie made a solid start and held her position for the opening lap of the race. Unfortunately, she slipped to third after lap two as championship rival Sutton found a way past, with Milner now under pressure from the driver behind her. By lap five Katie was into her rhythm and set the fastest lap of the race in pursuit of the lead pair and backed this up with consecutive fastest laps soon after. Running right on the tail of her rival for the second half of the race, Katie held her position with the championship picture firmly in her mind. Despite losing out on a podium place late on, Milner crossed the line in fourth place to collect vital points for her championship challenge.
Katie should be extremely pleased with her performances at Knockhill where she extended her championship lead and picked up her seventh victory of the 2016 season. Milner’s lead atop the standings is over 40 points ahead of nearest competitor George Sutton. With one round remaining in this year’s Junior Saloon Car Championship season, Katie’s lead is mightily impressive but not unassailable with a large number of points still available to the drivers in the final two races at Silverstone. Two solid finishes at the home of British Motorsport will seal the title and ensure Katie is remembered as the most successful female junior driver in the country.
Katie would like to thank Nimbus Motorsport, Richardson Transport, Torco, Merlin International Trading, Autocool Radiators and Myprotein for all their continued support.
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