Huggate’s junior racing driver Katie Milner won both her races at the Croft circuit this weekend and earned a place in the history books for the most individual wins by a girl in UK junior racing championships.
Starting in pole position and cheered on by friends and family, she notched up two decisive first places to extend her overall lead in the Championship.
She had entered Sunday’s race in Lincolnshire with a 19 point lead. This means Katie has surpassed Sarah Moore’s record as the only female to have won five races in national junior racing competitions with six wins under her belt so far.
It also means that her dreams of being the first girl ever to win the national Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) have moved another step closer.
The 16-year-old started in pole position in both of Sunday’s races. She maintained her lead in race one from the outset and pulled it back in race two, after momentarily dropping back to 3rd place.
She said: “After being so close to winning both races in previous meets and narrowly missing out, it means so much to me to have won both times this weekend.
“I was so overwhelmed afterwards that I couldn’t speak or take it in. I was amazed by the amount of family and friends who turned out to watch and support me. I can’t tell them how much I appreciate that – it’s really helping to spur me on.”
Katie’s Team Merlin Motorsport team mate Ollie Willmott also came second to Katie in both races, meaning it was a real team achievement.
Ollie took the fastest lap in race one, while Katie was fastest in race two, meaning more points for their team entry too.
Katie has two more heats and four more races to go, to secure the title. The next leg takes place at Knock Hill in Scotland, on 10 and 11 September.
Seventeen in November, this will be her last year in the JSCC and she is already setting her sights on moving up to the Mini Challenge competition, catering for the 17 and upwards age group, in 2017.
Her ultimate dream is to eventually compete in the adult British Touring Car Championships.
Katie is following in the footsteps of dad Jonny, two-times British Rally Champion, driving her blue and green Citroen Saxo, number 50, race-prepped by Jonny himself.
She is being mentored by retired former Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff, who is campaigning for better access to motorsport among women.
Her sponsors include :-
- Nimbus Motorsport
- Autocool Radiators
- Women in Motorsport
- Dare To Be Different