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British Touring Car aces hail 300 circuit

Thursday, March 17 2011

Following an unofficial test at the Snetterton 300 circuit this week, a number of front-running drivers from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship have hailed the new layout and its potential for overtaking.

The 2.99-mile configuration will host round six of the 2011 British Touring Car title fight this August, and several key drivers are keen to flex their racing muscles around the new Snetterton after their first taste of the reformed track layout.

"All of it is a challenge, but it's the first half of the lap where all the major changes have come," remarked Honda Racings Matt Neal, who narrowly missed out on the 2010 trophy to arch rival Jason Plato. "That infield section is a challenge all on its own. In a race situation its the sort of section where errors will creep in and lead to quite a bit of ganging up and lots of overtaking opportunities."

"Hats off to MotorSport Vision - they've done a fantastic job in providing an interesting circuit," commented Mat Jackson, who has joined Airwaves Racing to pilot a Ford Focus ST this year. "Snetterton used to be a power circuit and fast cars would always come here and dominate. Its still got fast elements, but now there's a technical side to it as well so you need to cover both of those areas with a good chassis and a good engine. You've got a lot of hard braking areas where you come from high to low speed and that will promote overtaking."

Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan added: "When I saw the pictures of the new circuit I thought it looked alright but, having now driven it, it's certainly challenging and it will make for good racing."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton on 6/7 August are now on sale from £25 for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.