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Supercars set for high speed battle at Snetterton this weekend

Monday, June 16 2014

Hot on the heels of last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hour race, the world's best supercars will head to Snetterton on 21/22 June for the latest round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, an event that will also feature present and future sporting heroes, including Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy.

After Britain's Aston Martin faced opposition from Ferraris and Porsches in France, battle between the legendary marques will be resumed on the long straights and tight turns of the Snetterton 300 circuit, which should test both speed and agility, and provide a soundtrack to savour. More than 30 teams featuring cars from Mercedes, McLaren, Audi and newcomers Bentley will also be represented on the multi-million pound grid for the fourth round of the 2014 championship.

Both Aston Martin and Ferrari squads have taken victories in the opening rounds, but it's the Ecurie Ecosse BMW that leads the standings by just 2.5 points. Reigning champion team Beechdean's Aston Martin and the similar car of Oman Racing Team lead the opposition.

However, all eyes will be on the Nissan GT-R driven by Hoy, who made his British GT debut earlier this year. The Scotsman has his sights set on a future appearance at Le Mans, and his early results in the championship have been encouraging, with a top ten finish last time out.

An equally competitive GT4 class for production-based supercars includes the local Lotus marque, with Lotus Racing Technical Manager Gavan Kershaw teaming up with Oz Yusuf. They will face stiff opposition from a contingent of cars including Aston Martin and Ginetta racers. Both categories are expected to provide extremely close racing over two one-hour races that will also feature drama-filled pitstops for driver changes.

The weekend will also include high-profile single seater action showcasing the stars of tomorrow. The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series has nurtured the careers of many drivers, including Canadian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo, who was the 2009 champion. The BRDC Formula 4 Championship is also expected to provide plenty of excitement, with many competitors making their first steps in car racing.

Meanwhile there will be plenty to entertain fans of sportscars and saloons with the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, VW Racing Cup and Power Maxed MINI Challenge completing a fantastic bill throughout the weekend. With panoramic spectator banks and an open paddock, Snetterton is one of the best venues to see these great cars driven to their limits.

Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Snetterton on 21/22 June are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, or to book tickets click here.