Snetterton’s original purpose was as an RAF airfield, designated for use by the 96th United States Air Force Bomber Group between May 1943 and November 1948. The circuit itself was created in 1951 from the network of remaining runways and its first race event was held in the same year by the Aston Martin Owner’s Club.
The circuit configuration has changed several times during Snetterton’s 60 year history. In the 1960s and early 70s it was 2.7 miles in length and during this period Russell Bend was added as the final corner of the track, in order to slow race vehicles as they approached the pits. Since the 1970s, however, the lap was shortened considerably to just under two miles until 2010, when circuit owner MSV announced the greatest redevelopment in the venue’s history to create a new multi-configuration layout, completed in February 2011.
Snetterton has hosted many significant events over the past six decades, including non-championship F1 encounters, the first Formula Ford events and the UK’s first ever 24 hour race, the Willhire 24 Hour, which ran from 1980 to 1994. It is also a renowned testing venue and has contributed to the development of many race winning cars, including those from the Lotus factory such as the DFV-powered 49 and the Indy 500-winning 38. Most recently, a host of Le Mans 24 Hour cars have been developed at the Norfolk track, including Bentley’s first Le Mans car for 70 years, the EXP Speed Eight. The all-conquering Audi R8 and Williams BMW LMP were also spotted first at Snetterton.
Snetterton has undergone somewhat of a renaissance during the past two years following a multi-million pound redevelopment project at the start of 2011, which was met with rave reviews from both spectators and competitors alike.
Drawing inspiration from iconic motorsport corners such as Monza’s Parabolica and the Montreal Hairpin, the Snetterton 300 circuit hosts the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship and British F3 and GT Championships.
There’s a packed club racing programme too, which includes the annual Citroen 2CV 24 hour race and an eclectic range of car and bike action on the three circuit configurations. In addition to the 300, the 200’s layout retains the old circuit’s character and can be run simultaneously with the short 100 loop.
In addition to racing, Snetterton is a popular test track and has been used to develop a host of vehicles including the Williams F1-designed Formula Two car and various Le Mans machinery including the iconic Deltawing.
7/8 June HSCC Historic Car Championships
13/15 June MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
21/22 June British F3/GT Championships
28/29 June Superbike Live
5 July Modified Live
12/13 July BRSCC Club Car Championships
19/20 July MSVR Club Car Championships
26/27 July Hottrax Club Bike Championships
2/3 August DUNLOP MSA British Touring Car Championship
9 August Britcar Club Car Championships
16 August 360 MRC Club Car Championships
30/31 August BARC Club Car Championships
6/7 September BMCRC Club Bike Championships
13/14 September British Truck Racing Championship
27 September Aston Martin Raceday
28 September The Snetterton Vintage Festival
4/5 October MG Car Club Championships
11/12 October CRMC Classic Bike Championships
18/19 October CSCC Classic Car Championships
25/26 October BRDC F4 Championship
1 November MSVR Club Car Championships
8/9 November Formula 4 Winter Series