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Katie Milner And Team Merlin International Set For Third Ginetta GT5 Challenge Campaign

7th February 2019 • Simon Paice

Katie Milner will contest her third season in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge in 2019 with Team Merlin International.

The Yorkshire-based driver made her Ginetta racing debut in the 2016 Junior Winter Series, shortly after becoming the first female driver to win the Junior Saloon Car Championship. She has since competed in the GT5 Challenge for the last two years with her family team.

Milner, who is a former winner of the prestigious British Women Racing Drivers Club GoldStar award, has been a consistent front-runner in the series on her way to two consecutive top ten championship finishes, with a best race finish of fourth on three occasions.

Katie Milner: Myself and the team are entering this season feeling confident that we can achieve a top-three finish. To be the best, you need to beat the best, so I am looking forward to racing new people and further developing my skills in one of the UK’s most competitive one-make series.

With two years of experience in the series as well as a fantastic team behind me in Merlin International, I am in an excellent position to stir up the competition whilst also flying the flag for female representation in the sport.”

Alongside her racing, Milner is a prominent advocate for widening representation in motorsport. She serves as an ambassador for the Dare To Be Different foundation, which inspires diversity in motorsport and encourages females to become involved in the sport at all levels.

The Merlin International team will be backed by key sponsors Swift Caravans, Snap-On Tools UK, Richardson Transport, LMA Aerosols, Reis Motorsport Insurance and Harc Health in 2019, while Milner will be mentored by Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith.

Packed grids and close racing makes the Ginetta GT5 Challenge a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers. In 2019, the series will join the British GT Championship at five meetings and make two outings on the British Touring Car Championship support bill.