Advantages Fantastic layout and great racing
Disadvantages Night racing could be scrapped for next year
Before I write this I may run the risk of talking about something people aren't interested in any more. But I'll try anyway! This is an op based on the time I went to Snetterton this year for rounds 15 and 16 of the British Touring car championship - but the twist is it is run in the dark! Hope you enjoy this...WHERE IS SNETTERTON?
It has to be said that it is actually in the middle of no where. The main road into East Anglia is the A14 but that doesn't run through Norfolk. I live in Bury St Edmunds, in central Suffolk and as Snettereton is on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk that is why I'm an often visitor. Take a trip through the country lanes and think about following other traffic. Thetford is quite near so if you look on the mao you should see Snetterton marked on it. Warning! Even though we have been a few times the different roads can send you the wrong way and traffic is a problem as the road isn't the most swift especially if it is being inundated by traffic.THE TRACK
Compared to say... Silverstone and Donington Park, Snetterton looks quite sparse. The track is essentially an old airfield in the middle of the Norfolk countryside surrounded by potato fields. The layout is simple but very exhilarating. The first right hander can be taken quickly and that is followed by slower 90 degree right hander which leads onto the mega-fast Revett straight. It may be straight but its seen its fair share of the action. The next corner, the bombhole, is probably the most spectator packed corner on the track. It has been transformed over the years and it is slower now as it includes one of the tightest corners on the UK tracks. This goes stright into Coram which is a fast right hander which leads nicely into the most important corner on the track, the Russell chicane. This tight right, left turn sets you up for a drag down the home straight and into another lap.FIRST RACE
It isn't hard to wonder who lined up on the first 2 rows. Once again Vauxhall had dominated with the Astra cars up front. Although the first race isn't meant to be in darkness, the bad weather and the drizzle meant the cars were run in the twilight of the low cloud. It was quite a stunning view. I and my Dad stood at the final Russell chicane corner, eager for some of the action. The race started under dim lights and unsurprisingly the 3 Vauxhalls sped away from the field with Jason Plato leading the field. Yvan Muller and James Thompson followed behind. Pole sitter Phil Bennett had pulled out with a blown engine The first race has 8 main works cars from Vauxhall, Lexus, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo (although the latter didn't start thanks to engine problems!). These are then followed by the slower, less experianced drivers in the privateers class. Their cars have less modifications. Rules for the year 2001 meant the Privateers start a lap ahead for the first race and the works class have to catch them up before the end of the race. This makes the end of the race great fun to watch. Indeed the action down below was even better and with several bumps and barges involving the Peugeots, Hondas and Fords.
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