- Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit
Name = Snetterton Race Circuit | Location =
British Touring Car Championship, British F3, British Superbikes
Length_km = 3.123
Length_mi = 1.952
Turns = 7
Record_time = 0:56.095
Record_class = EuroBoss Super Prix
Record_team = Ascari-
Record_year = 2007
Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit is a
motor racingcircuit in Norfolk, England. It is situated on the A11 roadsome 20 km north-east of the town of Thetfordand 30 km south-west of the city of Norwich. The circuit is named after the village of Snetterton, which lies about 2 km to the north-west of the circuit, although much of the circuit is actually in the adjoining civil parish of Quidenham.Ordnance Survey (1999). "OS Explorer Map 237 - Norwich". ISBN 0-319-21868-6.]
In October 2005, it was announced by the owner of the circuit; Jonathan Palmer of MotorSport Vision, that the circuit would undergo extensive rebuilding work, in order to lengthen the circuit, and improve its facilities.
Snetterton originally started off life as an RAF airfield (
RAF Snetterton Heath) which was then designated for use by the United States Army Air Force. The airfield was opened in May 1943 and closed down in November 1948.
As Snetterton was originally an airfield, most of the lap is spent going at full throttle in a straight line. Although this is great for testing, spectators will not be able to see all of the cars and bikes most of the time. The current lap record officially stands at 56.095 (125.27 mph) set by
Klaas Zwart, during a BRSCC meeting in August 2007. He was even faster in qualifying, setting an unofficial lap record of 54.687 (128.50 mph).
In the 1960s and early 70's the circuit was 2.7 miles in length. Sears corner was 80 m further from Ritches corner and led onto the "Norwich Straight" clearly visible in satellite maps and currently used by a Sunday market. The straight ended in a hairpin bend leading to Home Straight which joined the existing track at the Esses but is now a main access road for the circuit. Russells bend was added in the 70's and named after Jim Russell who ran a racing drivers school at the circuit. Initially added to improve safety by slowing vehicles as they approached the pits, Russells bend was the scene of many accidents and was later altered to its present configuration.
The circuit hosts races from series including the
British Touring Car Championship, British Formula Three Championshipand British Superbikes. From 1980 to 1994, the track hosted the UK's first 24-hour race, the Willhire 24 Hour.
Noise Nuisance Order
Snetterton has recently come under fire for producing excessive noise. Environmental Health of Breckland Council have served a Noise Abatement Order against the circuit, which the owner Jonathan Palmer is currently appealing. The claim is that the circuit has increased its level of noise to be of an excessive nuisance to residents, especially under the ownership of Jonathan Palmer.Fact|date=September 2007
An agreement has now been reached between MSV and Breckland Council, which requires MSV to implement a range of measures to control noise caused by the running of unsilenced vehicles at the circuit, these being the noisiest vehicles that use the track. Steps agreed include limiting the number of weekends of unsilenced racing, limiting the number of unsilenced vehicles on circuit at any one time, limiting the operating times of unsilenced vehicles, building a noise barrier and improving communications with local residents. The agreement reached between Breckland Council and MSV will bring an end to legal proceedings in relation to a Noise Abatement Notice served by Breckland Council in February 2007. As a result of this Agreement (which takes the form of a ‘Statement of Best Practicable Means’), Breckland Council will withdraw this Noise Abatement Notice and MSV will withdraw its appeal.
* [http://www.btccaction.co.uk/circuits/snetterton/index.php btcc:action Circuit Guide]
*oscoor|TM003892_region:GB_scale:100000|Map sources for Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit.
* [http://www.motorsportvision.co.uk/snetterton/index.asp Snetterton Race Circuit web site] .
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