Team One Call driver Katie Milner has enjoyed another positive round of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, this time at the historic Silverstone GP circuit. Milner relished the challenge of learning the circuit and continued to improve throughout the weekend, underlining her sustained development in the Ginetta G40. After qualifying in 17th, Katie finished the opening race in 10th, followed by a hard-fought 11th place result in race two. The final race of the weekend was shortened to only three laps, nonetheless, Milner showed her talents by coming through from the sixth row of the grid to finish eighth on the road, a result which turned into sixth once penalties were applied.
Katie was ready to tackle qualifying on Saturday morning after a test session leading up to the weekend in order to familiarise herself with this historic circuit. With almost 50 Ginetta G40’s on track, getting a clear lap would be a challenge especially with the speed differential of some GRDC+ runners in comparison to their GT5 Challenge counterparts. Katie set a number of consistent lap times during the 20 minute session to set the 17th fastest lap, less than a second away from the top-10. Despite the series visiting the longest circuit on the calendar, the top-20 drivers were covered by just over three seconds which shows the close and competitive nature of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
Lining up on the eighth row of the grid for race one, Katie made a fantastic start utilising the wide track layout to make up a number to places to end the opening lap in 12th position. On lap two, Milner passed the Richardson Racing car of Alex Toth-Jones before capitalising on Ollie Wilkinson dropping down the field shortly after. Now inside the top-10, Katie was looking to gain further places and moved into ninth on lap five as she anticipated two more laps would remain in the race. Unfortunately, a red flag was displayed which brought an early end to the race, with the result counted back a lap which meant Katie finished in tenth position.
Starting from tenth position in race two courtesy of her finish from the previous day, Milner continued her record of impressive starts gaining two positions on the opening lap. Despite losing a position to Richard Evans on lap two, Katie was holding her own in a strong pack of drivers who were all hunting down a podium place. Milner was shuffled back to 11th on lap four, but she was determined to battle hard and learn all she could ahead of the final race of the weekend. Finishing in 11th was a little unlucky for Katie as she just missed out on the reverse grid for the final race, nevertheless, it was another good points haul at a circuit which Milner had not competed at before.
Due to the races being rescheduled after a dispute after the finishing order of race one, the third race at Silverstone was set to be a shortened one with Katie starting from the sixth row of the grid. Gaining positions on the opening lap for the third race in a row, Milner was up inside the top-10 after the first lap and was in contention with the leading group. Despite remaining in tenth by the end of lap two, it was a frantic lap which saw positions change hands a number of times. On the third and final lap, Katie pulled off a fantastic opportunistic move to cross the line in eighth position. Subsequently, Milner was promoted to sixth after penalties for drivers ahead which rounded-off an extremely positive weekend for the Team One Call driver at Silverstone.
Once again Katie showed her skills by learning another new circuit and improving significantly between qualifying and the final race of the weekend. With over 40 cars on the circuit during the meeting, Milner could improve her track management and develop her racecraft as she made her way through the field. The Ginetta GT5 Challenge now takes a short break before making a trip overseas to the Zandvoort circuit, a new track which will test the drivers to the maximum.
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