Racing driver Katie Milner, a pupil at Woldgate School, has made history by winning her first national Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC). Following in the footsteps of dad Jonny, a two-times British Rally Champion, she led the first day’s racing at the Pembrey Circuit in Wales.
In her blue and green Citroen Saxo, number 50, race-prepped by Jonny himself, she also set two other records in this second JSCC meeting of the season.
The 16-year-old GCSE student was the first girl ever to take pole position in both the Saturday races, as well as going on to win. She also set a record by recording the fastest lap in Sunday’s competition.
Coming fifth overall on Sunday, her overall score in this first event of the motorsport season will stand her in good stead towards her ambition of winning the JSCC Championships in 2016. She has ranked second in the UK for the past three years.
Thrilled at her first-ever circuit racing victory, Katie said: “I had high hopes for this race as Pembrey is one of my favourite tracks. I’d made eighth and ninth place in the opening rounds at Oulton Park earlier in the month, and I was hoping to push further up the field.
“Engine problems had slowed me down at Oulton Park and I knew we’d resolved those to give me better chance, but winning exceeded all my expectations, I’m absolutely over the moon.
“My car felt amazing this weekend. We found out the cause of the engine problems I’d had at Oulton Park and we’d improved the brakes so that I could brake as late as possible.
“I completed my pre-race testing on my own this time, so all my gains were self-taught.
“It actually helped having more time in the car by myself, as I could get the confidence to really push into the corners.
“The first race was tough but it was amazing to fight back to the front and get my first win. I feel that I now know what I’m capable of and people are starting to take me seriously as a competitor – rather than just seeing me as a girl who races.”
Her next JSCC rounds will take place at Snetterton on May 7 and 8. Katie and her two sporting sisters are a female force to be reckoned with.
Oldest sister Laura, 21, is a GB dressage rider, while middle sibling Steph represents her country in international carriage riding competitions, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Prince Harry.