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DOWN THE WITH JON MILICEVIC

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He’s been rac­ing most of his adult life “I started kart­ing in 1978 and pro­gressed through to Min­is­tox. We had a few years off rac­ing when we had the children and worked on the busi­ness from 2000 to about 2006. Then I got the bug again and the kids were grown up a bit so we could get a mo­torhome and go rac­ing again.”

He had a lot of wins in For­mula Ju­nior “For­mula Ju­nior was fan­tas­tic and we made a lot of friends. I built a Mini for last year and I’m still go­ing to race it but the For­mula 3 Brab­ham came up and the cars look fan­tas­tic. It’s a sim­i­lar for­mat to the Ju­nior and I can fit it in the trailer. From rac­ing it at Sil­ver­stone and Cad­well Park, it is phe­nom­e­nal.” “The car was ini­tially Dean For­ward’s car and we bought it from him. The orig­i­nal driver in pe­riod was Mike Keens un­der P&M Rac­ing Prepa­ra­tions. We have put it back to his orig­i­nal blue colour. I’ve got to get used to the clutch starts and ev­ery­thing is a learn­ing curve. You’ve got less power, one gear less and more grip than with a Ju­nior and, roughly, it’s about the same sort of lap time.”

He’s en­joy­ing Historic F3 “Ap­par­ently the tyres last for 12 months, so that’ll be a sav­ing. To get a com­pet­i­tive rear-en­gined Ju­nior these days you need £100,000, but for half the money you can have a com­pet­i­tive 1-litre F3 car. We’ve had a lot of help from Keith Messer who runs the cat­e­gory. He’s given me all the in­for­ma­tion like gear ra­tios and you couldn’t ask for more. They’ve been very help­ful and very wel­com­ing.”

He’d love to race at Good­wood “A lot of the pe­riod driv­ers are still about and I’ve been given a lot of ad­vice on how to set it up and drive it. It’s been great and some re­ally big names drove them. If they run the race at Good­wood again next year, it would be nice to get an in­vite. I’ve got all the kit!”

It is a fam­ily sport “My daugh­ter Josie, who is 16, has just fin­ished school and we’ve got her a grasstrack car so the plan was to do some of those and we’ll fit in my races in be­tween.”

F3 is a thrill for Milicevic

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