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Snetterton circuit redevelopment receives overwhelming fans' support

Monday, October 18 2010

MotorSport Vision's recent announcement that Snetterton will undergo a major redevelopment ahead of the 2011 season has received overwhelming support throughout the motorsport community, with more than 1,500 fans already casting their opinion on potential corner names for the new '300' circuit.

The multi-million pound redevelopment of the circuit has earned plaudits from some of the leading personalities in the sport, including 2010 British Touring Car champion Jason Plato and British Superbike frontrunner Tommy Hill. This has been echoed among the fan community, with scores of Norfolk residents and loyal spectators applauding the circuit's forthcoming transformation:

"As a local resident to this track I am so proud and pleased about what Jonathan Palmer and his team have put together," said Trevor Dowse. "It looks great and what a variety of motorsport we will be able to host."

"I absolutely can't wait to hit each of the three circuits with my bike," added trackday fan Lee Norris. "Lots of variation in comparison to the old track and that's got to be good."

Thousands of names put forward for new corners

MSV has also invited fans to become involved in the redevelopment project by suggesting names for the thirteen corners on the new circuit, and more than 1,500 suggestions have already been lodged via the snettertonnames.com website.

Many of the names honour motorsport heroes past and present, with Jackie Stewart, Murray Walker, Nigel Mansell, Andy Rouse, Valentino Rossi, MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer and nearby King's Lynn racer Martin Brundle among the personalities nominated on the current list.

Several fans have also paid tribute to Norfolk's racing heritage, with 'Lotus' and 'Chapman' after Lotus founder Colin Chapman among the corner suggestions. Motorsport company Van Dieman, founded at Snetterton, has also received multiple nominations.

Equally, there is strong support for celebrating Snetterton's history as a military airfield. Proposed names include 'B17' for Turn 8 in honour of the B17 Flying Fortress bombers that flew from the airfield in World War Two, and 'Woodrow' for Turn 3 after Taylor Woodrow Ltd, who constructed the original airfield. In addition, there has been strong support for retaining some of the circuit's existing corner names, including the Bomb Hole, Esses and Coram.

The 300 circuit's new features have also attracted great attention, with suggestions including 'The Sweeper' for Turn 12 due to its long, sweeping right hander, and 'Stadium' for Turn 4 because of the elevated spectator banking that will surround it.

There have also been several lighthearted suggestions put forward, including naming the Turns 4, 5 and 6 sequence 'Emerson, Lake and Palmer', or 'Ploughmans' for Turn 1 those who have driven beyond their limits have sometimes found themselves in a farmer's field beyond the run-off!

It has even been suggested that one corner is named 'Old Shuck', after the Norse legend that a black dog of the same name roams the Norfolk area around Snetterton.

Fans have the opportunity to cast their opinion on the new Snetterton circuit corner names until midnight on Sunday 31 October. For more information visit www.snettertonnames.com or click the link below.