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Snetterton to celebrate 70th anniversary this August

Thursday, July 22 2021

Norfolk's Snetterton circuit celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and the milestone will be marked by a special 'old meets new' race programme at the Intelligent Money British GT Championship round on 7/8 August.

The meeting on the full 300 circuit, which itself celebrates its 10th birthday this year, will host a superb programme across two days which celebrates the venue's past and present. British GT will formally headline the event with a pair of one-hour races featuring machinery from many of the globe's most exotic marques.

Amongst the cars starring in British GT, there will be modern GT3 and GT4 cars from Aston Martin, a manufacturer whose relationship with the former airbase near Thetford dates back to the very first race event in October 1951. The inaugural meeting was operated by the Aston Martin Owners' Club (AMOC) around a fast, 2.71-mile layout around RAF Snetterton Heath's runways and access roads.

That heritage will be celebrated at this meeting with racing from the AMOC Dudley Coram Commemorative Race, named in honour of the club's former Executive President, a key figure in establishing Snetterton as a motor racing venue. Stunning vintage automobiles on display will include machinery traditionally raced in the AMOC Pre-War Team Challenge.

The celebrations will also note the contribution one of Snetterton's most famous figures to the venue's history. Jim Russell, who passed away early in 2019, founded the world's first racing school at the venue and will be celebrated with on-track action from the 500 Owners Association Championship.

Prior to establishing his school, Russell was a successful driver at F3 level, winning countless races and multiple titles during the class's 500cc era. The 500 Owners Association recreates that period, with small, open-wheel racers from manufacturers like Cooper, with which Russell was most commonly associated as a competitor.

The 500cc cars will run alongside modern Formula 3 machinery for the first time, with a trio of BRDC British F3 Championship races to take place across the weekend.

East Anglia's local automotive industry will be part of the celebrations too, including in the MSVR Elise Trophy for lightweight Lotus track cars. The iconic Colin Chapman-founded sports car manufacturer is headquartered in Hethel, just 15 miles away from Snetterton by road.

The line-up will be completed by the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and Ginetta Academy, both regular series on the British GT package. Ginetta is another manufacturer with its roots firmly in the east of England, originally conceived by the Walklett brothers in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

MSV Motorsport Events Manager David Willey said: "I'm delighted to confirm the full race line-up for Snetterton's 70th anniversary celebrations at the upcoming August round of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship. From its past as a US Air Force base, to the major redevelopments and construction of the 300 circuit, Snetterton is a venue with a unique history and we're proud to celebrate the past 70 years this summer.

"It's an enormous privilege to welcome the 500 Owners Association, which will pay homage to one of the circuit's most significant figures in Snetterton's past in Jim Russell. I'm delighted too that the Aston Martin Owners' Club will join us at the racing circuit they helped to found in 1951, whilst the presence of the MSVR Elise Trophy allows us to celebrate an iconic local manufacturer."

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