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Snetterton race circuit to undergo major redevelopment

Thursday, September 23 2010

Snetterton race circuit is to undergo major redevelopment before the 2011 season with the objective of transforming it to become the best circuit in the UK through a combination of driver exhilaration, spectator entertainment and safety. CLICK HERE for more details and circuit plans.

A new 3 mile circuit is being created - Snetterton 300 - which incorporates a completely new infield section of approximately 1 mile integrated with a revised version of the original Snetterton circuit. Snetterton 300 will become the newest circuit in the UK and the second longest in the country, and has been designed as an international circuit with the target of achieving an FIA Grade 2 licence.

For MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer this has been a project of great personal interest. "With Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park we have three outstanding circuits with immense driver/rider appeal. Snetterton has its own character and great features of long straights and superb high speed corners but overall has lagged behind the other MSV circuits in terms of driver/rider appeal and spectator entertainment. Now that will all change and many will regard Snetterton as being the best circuit in the country for these crucial elements.

"Circuit layout is something I am passionate about and I have enjoyed designing the new Snetterton circuits. It was important to combine the best features of old Snetterton with the elimination of its weaknesses and the addition of a major new section to expand it and make it a real competitors' and spectators' favourite. I wanted every corner to either be a really exciting driver/rider challenge, or produce a good overtaking opportunity."

Three different circuits

Snetterton 300 is the longest layout at 3 miles and is expected to be used for not only the major British Superbike and British Touring Car events but also many national and club events. Snetterton 200 is the closest to the original circuit but evolved to provide much better overtaking opportunities with the new turn 2 and turn 13. Snetterton 200 is expected to be used for some club race events and on such occasions it will be possible to use the Snetterton 100 circuit simultaneously for trackday type activities as well as enable spectators to take their cars and bikes onto the track on a pay per lap basis. Snetterton 100 will also be used for race school and testing activities.

The new track width will be 10m, an increase from the 9m of most of the existing track, and similar to many F1 tracks. As part of the redevelopment all of the remaining original circuit will also be resurfaced. Furthermore there will be an increased track width of 12m at turns 2 and 13 to further facilitate overtaking.

Superbly exciting to drive and ride on

Jonathan Palmer talks through the rationale behind each of the corners on the Snetterton 300 circuit:

"Turn 1 is the existing super fast Riches, one of the best corners on any track, and this remains unchanged.

Turn 2 is very different from the old Sear, a corner that produced little overtaking, was not particularly challenging and inevitably featured cars running onto scruffy exit concrete beyond the track. This is replaced with a tight hairpin modelled on one of the best overtaking points on F1 circuits - the Montreal hairpin. Cars and bikes can often close through Riches, and this will create a superb overtaking opportunity.

Turn 3 is designed to be an exhilarating driver/rider challenge and features the exact radius of Monzas Parabolica - a fantastic sweeping corner.

The straight from Turn 3 to Turn 4 runs right past what will be a new extensive garden terrace area at the back of Tyrrells restau