Katie Milner’s 2017 season has got off to the best possible start after receiving the BWRDC Goldstar award at the Autosport show last weekend. Katie was up against promising karter Abbi Pulling and hillclimbing veteran Trish Cecile-Pritchard but took the award following her record-breaking 2016 season where she was crowned Junior Saloon Car Series Champion, in addition to becoming the most successful British junior female racing driver in history.
In a year of unprecedented success for British female talent, it shows the level of Katie’s achievements to be shortlisted for the award which has previously been won by former GP3 driver Alice Powell, among others. Milner’s incredible comeback in the final race of the Junior Saloon Car Series Championship, where she claimed the title with a final lap pass, was a fitting way to end a year which featured eight victories and an array of pole positions and fastest laps.
Katie’s achievements were extremely impressive taking into account she was competing in a one-make series alongside some of the most talented young drivers in the country. However, the BWRDC Goldstar judging panel was spoiled for choice with drivers from two other forms of motorsport also nominated. Abbi Pulling is one of the most successful British karters in recent years with six podiums from six races in the Super One British Championships, while almost securing the TKM British Championship. On the other hand, Trish Cecile-Pritchard was another strong contender having excelled in a range of hillclimb events, competing in her Austin Healey. Even with this level of talent on show, Katie shone through to take the prestigious honour and will be looking ahead to an exciting 2017 season.
After securing one championship competing in a single-make series, Katie will be targeting another having signed up for the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. With a number of differences between the Citroen Saxo and Ginetta G40, it will be a steep learning curve for Milner but she will benefit from the fact that she has race experience under her belt, having contested the Ginetta Junior Winter Series for Elite Motorsport. It is sure to be a learning year for Katie as she adapts to the new car but with a strong team around her, anything is possible for the newly crowned BWRDC Goldstar winner.