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Your guide to a British GT lap of Snetterton

Sunday, May 15 2011

This weekend's British F3 and GT Championships mark the first major event at Snetterton since the circuit's multi-million pound redevelopment. British GT driver Aaron Scott discusses a lap of the new 300 configuration in his Mtech Racing Ferrari 430.

"Over the start finish line, the first corner hasn't changed in profile from last season so we go down to fourth gear for Riches. It's a fast corner and has always been ballsy, then its back on the power and into a really tight slow, second gear hairpin at Montreal. It's quite a tricky corner but should provide a good opportunity to outbrake the car in front and try to overtake.

"Out of Montreal, you head into a quite a fast corner Palmer, which is a long left and is quite tricky. We'll take it in fourth gear and try to carry as much speed as we can for the straight into the Agostini hairpin. It's another tight corner with a good opportunity to pass under brakes. We go down to second gear there to slow it up. It's bumpy in the braking area so you need to be careful.

"From there, we go back up the gears to fourth for Hamilton, which is a tricky left hander that will sort the men from the boys. It's a lot faster than it initially looks so you can try to carry as much speed as you can, but it's very easy to run off the road and I think you could see a few cars going through the gravel on the exit.

"Oggies is a tight right-hander that we'll take in second or third gear depending on the lap and the condition of the tyres. It's bumpy in the braking area and there are some bumps on the exit, which unsettle the car so you tend to get a bit of oversteer on the exit. Then you go into Williams, which is quite a fast corner, entering in third gear and getting up to fourth very early to head onto the back straight. With the new GT3 cars, they look a bit quicker there as they have the additional aero and can carry more speed.

"The back straight is familiar territory but I'd say the speed at the end isn't quite as high as you don't have the run onto the straight that there was in the past.

"You brake as late as you can through the left-hander at Brundle and then it's the tight right-hander at Nelson, which is a familiar corner again. We'll take it in third in the Ferrari but it might be second in the Porsche and a few of the newer cars. Up to fourth into the Bombhole, you roll in as much speed as you can. The corner hasn't changed and it's one that the drivers have enjoyed in the past. It's quite challenging and you always feel you can carry a bit more speed through there so it tests the bravery.

"The entry to Coram is pretty much as it was before, but then the corner really tightens up on you as you go into the tight left hander in the Chicane so you need to strike the balance between going in too quick and running out of road, or slowing it up a bit too much. You always feel like you want to carry more speed, but discipline is the name of the game to get a clean run through the Chicane onto the pit straight.

"Some of the challenge at Coram and the Chicane, Murrays, has been taken away with the changes but it's a circuit where the more laps you do, the more enjoyable it gets."

Snetterton will host a two-hour British GT race at 1.15pm on Sunday, featuring mandatory pit stops, driver changes and refuelling.

Tickets for the British F3 and GT Championships at Snetterton on Sunday 15 May cost £21 on the gate for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.