Back at the Sharp End!
It was another solid points-scoring weekend for Katie Milner and her Merlin International Ginetta GT5 at Snetterton.
She qualified fifth for the first race, part of a group of five drivers who were within a couple of tenths of third.
She dropped one place on her opening lap to Ryan Firth but soon repassed him for fifth spot and never looked back. Snetterton’s long straights allowed the cars to spread out quite widely in a short race and Katie kept Firth behind her the whole way, despite his best attempts to better her in their two-car group, two seconds ahead of their nearest challengers.
Race One was interrupted by a red flag on the second lap, after three drivers further back on the grid collided with each other, but this did nothing to put Katie off her stride. She did lose the small gap she had eked out from Firth after the restart, but she did enough to keep him where she needed him; behind her. In a race of relatively heavy attrition, she kept her head and her fifth place in the eight-lap sprint that followed.
Race Two was much less incident-filled, with only two retirements. Katie finished seventh, less than a tenth behind Firth, who only managed to pass her on the final lap. She had started in ninth and leapt up to seventh on the first lap, passing Abbi Pulling and Gus Bowers and then setting up a decent gap of 1.5s to Bowers. She continued to hold position and trade lap times with Firth, taking it in turns to take tenths out of each other. It could have easily gone either way, but a last-lap shuffle for positions in the top ten put Katie in a solid and creditable seventh place, having fought extremely hard.
"It was great to be up at the front battling both the leading pack, we picked up a good haul of points and climbed a few places in the championship. We only have one round left now at the end of September! A huge thank you to my sponsors, Snap On, Richardson Transport, Autocool Radiators, 9 Group and Reis Motorsport Insurance."