Katie Milner had a dream start to her Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 weekend at Thruxton, earning her first pole position in the championship.
She put her Merlin International car at the front by fifteen hundredths of a second, ahead of Gordie Mutch and David Ellesley.
Pole position in a Ginetta, especially at a fast and flowing circuit like Thruxton, can be a curse as much as a blessing. Although the polesitter has the advantage of a clear track, they also have to contend with their rivals behind them slipstreaming, effectively using the leader as a tow car.
She had had a strong start from pole, leaving behind her earlier, measured approach, but was muscled out of the way by Malin and Adam Smalley. Nicosia also got through in a multiway scrum at Club.
Bowers recovered quickly from the coming-together, but Katie was not so fortunate. She dropped down to fifteenth place but never gave up, making up three places in the final two laps to finish eleventh, two-thirds of a second from the top ten and Connor Grady. Her last lap was the second-fastest that time round and her quickest of the race.