Pole position for transformed Snetterton track
The new Snetterton 300 was personally designed by chief executive Jonathan Palmer of circuit owners Motorsport Vision, who drew inspiration from iconic sections of the world's foremost racetracks – including Monza's Parabolica, the Montreal Casino Hairpin and Imola's Rivazza.
Construction began in November 2010 and contractor the Buckingham Construction Group worked tirelessly, often in challenging weather conditions including heavy snowfall, to complete the project 10 weeks ahead of schedule.
The redeveloped circuit became operational on February 17, when the Williams F1-designed JPH1B Formula Two car became the first vehicle to lap the new layout.
The new configuration has since received rave reviews from competitors, the public and media alike.
Visitors to the new Snetterton will benefit not only from better racing on track but better viewing, as Motorsport Vision (MSV) has constructed three new elevated banking areas surrounding the infield section of the new circuit.
These offer unrivalled views of the action and there will be several big TV screens at the track during the British Superbikes weekend to ensure nothing is missed.
Earlier this year, MSV revealed the new corner names for its multi-configuration circuit, after inviting Snetterton fans to propose names for the new turns. More than 2,000 suggestions were received, and Jonathan Palmer made the final selection.
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From the top 20 most popular suggestions, three current and former F1 drivers – Lewis Hamilton, Martin Brundle and MSV chief executive Palmer – have been honoured. Sir Frank Williams CBE and legendary commentator Murray Walker OBE have also been included.
Several local heroes from the motorsport world and beyond have been immortalised too, including Admiral Nelson, who led Britain to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Turn four of the new 300 circuit pays tribute to arguably the greatest motorcycle racer in history, Giacomo Agostini, while the 800m back straight honours UK manufacturer and Le Mans winner Bentley.
Sir Peter Ogden, internationally renowned businessman and co-founder of MSV, is the inspiration behind Oggies – the new name for turn six.