A Brief History of the Track itself.

Snetterton Circuit, situated in Norfolk, England, boasts a storied history that spans several decades.

Originally established on the grounds of the former RAF Snetterton Heath airfield, Snetterton Circuit began as a modest track configuration. The initial layout featured a simple track configuration utilizing sections of the airfield's runways and perimeter roads.

Snetterton Circuit has a unique origin, initially serving as an RAF airfield designated for use by the 96th United States Air Force Bomber Group between May 1943 and November 1948. After the airfield's military use ceased, the network of remaining runways provided the foundation for the creation of the racing circuit. In 1951, the transformation of the former airfield into a racing venue began, with the existing runways and infrastructure repurposed to form the circuit layout. This marked the birth of Snetterton Circuit as a motorsport facility. The circuit wasted no time in making its debut, with its inaugural race event held in the same year by the Aston Martin Owner's Club. This event signaled the start of Snetterton's journey as a racing venue and laid the groundwork for its future development into one of the UK's most renowned circuits.

Throughout its 60-year history, Snetterton Circuit has undergone several changes to its configuration, reflecting the evolution of motorsport and the ongoing efforts to improve the racing experience. In the 1960s and early 1970s, Snetterton Circuit measured approximately 2.7 miles in length. During this period, Russell Bend was added as the final corner of the track. This modification was intended to slow race vehicles as they approached the pits, enhancing safety and facilitating smoother pit stops.

1980s-1990s: Further developments are made to Snetterton Circuit to enhance safety and facilities, including the addition of new track configurations and upgrades to spectator amenities. This revised layout remained in place for several decades, accommodating a wide range of racing events and competitions.

In 2004 Snetterton, along with Oulton Park, Brands Hatch, and Cadwell Park, is acquired by MotorSport Vision (MSV). Under MSV ownership, the circuit undergoes significant modernization and renovation efforts to bring it up to contemporary standards.

In 2010, Snetterton Circuit entered a new chapter in its history with the announcement of the greatest redevelopment in the venue's history. Under the ownership of MSV, plans were unveiled to create a new multi-configuration layout aimed at enhancing the circuit's versatility and appeal to competitors and spectators alike. The redevelopment project was completed in February 2011, marking the debut of the new Snetterton Circuit layout. This updated configuration offered multiple track configurations, allowing for greater flexibility in hosting a variety of racing events and providing drivers with new challenges and opportunities on the track.

Overall, these changes reflect Snetterton Circuit's commitment to innovation and progress, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of British motorsport and continues to captivate racing enthusiasts for years to come.

Over the past six decades, Snetterton has played host to numerous significant events and has left an indelible mark on the motorsport landscape. Snetterton has been the stage for non-championship Formula One encounters, providing a platform for drivers to showcase their skills outside of the official championship rounds. The circuit also witnessed the inaugural Formula Ford events, and landmark events was the Willhire 24 Hour, the UK's first-ever 24-hour race, which ran from 1980 to 1994.

Snetterton has also gained renown as a premier testing venue, contributing to the development of race-winning cars. The Lotus factory, in particular, utilized the circuit for testing iconic models such as the DFV-powered 49 and the Indy 500-winning 38.It has served as the testing ground for a host of Le Mans 24 Hour cars, including Bentley's return to Le Mans with the EXP Speed Eight, marking the brand's first entry in 70 years. Additionally, the circuit has seen the development of legendary cars like the Audi R8 and the Williams BMW LMP, which made their debuts at Snetterton before going on to achieve success on the international stage.

Present: Snetterton Circuit remains a popular venue for motorsport events, hosting a diverse array of races, including British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), British Superbike Championship (BSB), and club-level competitions. Its modern facilities, challenging layout, and strategic location make it a favored destination for drivers and spectators alike. Throughout its history, Snetterton Circuit has played a significant role in British motorsport, serving as a testing ground for aspiring racers and a battleground for top-tier championships. Its evolution from a former airfield to a world-class racing circuit reflects the enduring passion for motorsport in the UK and the dedication of those who have contributed to its success.

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How to get there.

You'll find the circuit 10 miles north-east of Thetford on the A11 from London to Norwich.
From the south, leave the M11 at junction 9 and follow the A11.
From the north or west, use the M11/A11 and join the A11 after Newmarket.
The nearest international airport is London's Standsted, approximately 65 miles away. Norwich Airport is closer and offers flights to a range of European and domestic destinations.

Eccles Road, Attleborough and Thetford stations are on the main Cambridge to Norwich line. Eccles Road is closest at two miles, and is about 40 minute's walk to the circuit.

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    Disabled Access Information.

    Carers of our disabled guests may be entitled to free admission at MSV’s race events, however this must be arranged prior to the event. Anyone turning up on the day will not be able to obtain a free carer ticket.

    To apply for a free carer ticket we shall require one of the following documents as proof:

  • A copy of your most recent DLA letter for care and/or mobility.
  • Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) showing your current entitlement.
  • A copy of your Attendance Allowance.
  • To apply for a carer ticket you can either send in a copy by post to the address below, contact our call centre on 0343 453 9000 or email carer@msv.com at least one week prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

    Please note that anyone under the age of 13 will be admitted free of charge and will not be eligible for a free carer ticket.

    If you have any queries please contact our call centre on 0343 453 9000 for further information.

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