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Rupert Svendsen-Cook eyeing home victory at Snetterton

Monday, May 09 2011

Ipswich racer Rupert Svendsen-Cook is hoping to christen the new Snetterton 300 circuit with a home win this weekend (14/15 May), when the Norfolk track hosts round three of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.

20-year-old Svendsen-Cook - who races for the Carlin Motorsport team - is currently the top performing UK driver in British F3, lying fifth in the overall points table after securing a commanding victory in the opening round of the 2011 season at Monza, Italy last month.

Svendsen-Cook will be one of 21 international young talents competing over three races at Snetterton this weekend, including six British drivers. The Ipswich racer is hoping success on home ground will help him to follow in the footsteps of former Carlin drivers Jaime Alguersuari, who took the 2008 British F3 title and now drives for the Toro Rosso F1 team, and 2009 title holder Daniel Ricciardo - now an official test driver for the Red Bull Grand Prix squad.

Although the Norfolk circuit has undergone radical changes since British F3 raced in East Anglia last year, Rupert experienced the new 2.99-mile layout during an official British F3 test last month, where he set the fifth fastest time over the two day outing.

"I really like the new Snetterton circuit and I'm a big fan of turn six, Oggies," he said. "For turn five, Hamilton, you are flat out and very quickly arrive at Oggies. You then have to go back to the left hand side and turn down a gear, ensuring you get a good entry. You exit on a long straight into Williams and an adverse camber pushes the car to have understeer, which makes it a challenging course.

"I'm really looking forward to the weekend and being at my home circuit," he concluded.

Motorsport fans will be able to meet Rupert and the other stars of the British F3 Championship during a free of charge pit lane walkabout and driver autograph session on Sunday lunch time.

In addition to a trio of British F3 races, Snetterton will also host a two-hour race from the Avon Tyres British GT Championship on Sunday - featuring 27 sportscars including Ferrari 458s, Audi R8s and Norfolk's Lotus Evora.

There will also be support action from the Ginetta Challenge, Caterham R300 Championship, British Formula Ford and Volkswagen Racing Cup, along with family entertainment away from the track including an F1 simulator and children's trampolines and water zorbing.

Discounted tickets - saving you up to £12 on the gate entry price - are on sale until midday Thursday. Anyone who books tickets will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a VIP hospitality upgrade.

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on 14/15 May are available in advance from £17 for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.