Brands Hatch, 14 March 2017, Ginetta Media Day
We caught up with 2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship Winner Katie Milner at the Ginetta Media Day held at Brands Hatch last month for her thoughts on junior motorsport and her next step in the sport.
Q: What is your competitive motorsport experience to date?
I watched my Dad (Jonny Milner, British Rally Champion) compete from a very young age and was keen to do anything motorsport related, so at age 12 I began racing in Autograss, achieving 5 championship titles and then I progressed to the Junior Saloon Car Championship for 2 years winning the championship in 2016.
Q: Any advice for new junior racers this season?
Go for it! Don’t hesitate get out on track and enjoy it!
Q: What about anyone who hasn’t been on track before?
Get some time behind the wheel, e.g. skid pan or ice driving to help with car control it really helps when you’re finding the limits on the track.
Q: How have you balanced commitments outside the race circuit e.g. school and exams?
It’s tough especially when you’re doing well on track and need to work at it to keep performing. You just have to make sure you make every second count. During my last year with JSCC I took my laptop and books everywhere with me and any downtime on the circuit was spent keeping up with my revision during my GCSE’s, but sometimes it’s hard to prioritise.
Q: Like us you are also a fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust, please tell us how you managed to raise over £1000 for the charity last year.
At Croft on the weekend I was racing with the JSCC my Dad brought his WRC Corolla along and I sold draw tickets for a high speed passenger ride with him during the lunch time, luckily BARC and the marshals helped us to do this.
Q: Following on from your JSCC success you are competing in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year in a Ginetta G40, what are your goals for this season?
It’s going to be a massive learning curve but some podiums would be good.
Q: Do you think there is any opportunity to improve junior motorsport in any way to encourage more junior racers?
At school I felt few understood the sport and my peers couldn’t understand what I was doing and indeed why I was winning? So maybe there should be more motorsport interaction with schools. Motorsport isn’t really promoted as well as other sports in education.
Q: Future plans? What are you long term goals in motorsport?
I’d love to be a GT driver, the GT5 Challenge is such a great stepping stone for this as it’s on both BTCC and British GT fixtures which will help with my media coverage for sponsors. I would definitely like to go down the endurance route
Q: Who is your motorsport role model?
My Dad, his support has been incredible and I’m very grateful.
I’d also like to thank my sponsors for their help in getting me on the grid this season:
Everyone at Junior Torque would like to wish Katie all the best for her 2017 Ginetta GT5 Challenge Championship Season and we will be catching up with her again later in the year for her thoughts on her step up from junior motorsport so far.
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