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Britain’s biggest car championships head to Snetterton this August

Tuesday, June 26 2012

Britain's big three car racing championships will race at Snetterton over successive weekends this summer as the British F3 and GT Championships (4/5 August) and British Touring Car Championship (11/12 August) brings a festival of racing action to Norfolk.

The stars of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship return to Snetterton after their summer break, to resume a thrilling season that has seen four drivers head the title chase in the opening rounds. After a successful weekend at Croft, reigning champion Matt Neal leads the standings by just two points from Honda racing team mate Gordon Shedden. However Matt's bitter rival Jason Plato will head to Norfolk off the back of a win and is not much further behind in the championship race.

In addition to the top three, wins have also been claimed by Redstone Racing's Mat Jackson and eBay Motors' Rob Collard, whilst at least five more drivers have a chance of victory. Amongst those racing on the Snetterton 300 circuit that received huge praise from the field on its introduction last year, is Attleborough-based Ollie Jackson. The 28-year-old is competing in his first full season with the AmD Milltek team and is seeking his first top ten finish in the championship, after coming close on several occasions.

GT EvoraJackson made his BTCC debut last year, dovetailing this with his commitments for the Lotus Sport team in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. The Evoras will be racing on the 300 circuit the weekend before and their driving strength includes another man who has raced in both championships; Phil Glew. Indeed several drivers in the current British GT field have cut their teeth in the cut-and-thrust of touring car racing: Tim Harvey is a former BTCC champion and Luke Hines has won races, whilst Michael Caine and Jonathan Adam once raced for Motorbase, who field cars in both series.

With a bumper entry for 2012, the first six races of the season have been won by six different driving crews, with Ferrari, Porsche, Nissan, Mercedes and Audi represented on the grid. The strength of this year's championship was proven by a thrilling race last time out at Brands Hatch that saw a stunning drive from Adam. Clawing back a 20 second deficit in his Aston Martin, Adam claimed second place on the penultimate lap and just failed to out-drag Jann Mardenborough's Nissan to the line after two hours of action.

Harvey F3The GT racers are joined by the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, a championship that has nurtured Formula 1 heroes from Stirling Moss to Jenson Button. Another British victory is on the cards as Jack Harvey aims to add to the five wins he has amassed up to the end of June. However Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar and Red Bull-backed driver Carlos Sainz Jr are also fighting for a championship that has recently propelled Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne to the top of the sport.

Both weekends are also packed with support races, with the BTCC bill featuring the Renault Clio Cup, in which Lewis Hamilton's brother Nicolas currently races. The British Ginetta Sportscar manufacturer is also well-represented, with the Ginetta GT Supercup and Juniors joining the touring cars, whilst their GT5 series will appear with the F3/GT racers, as will the popular Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford Championship.

Tickets for the British F3/GT Championships at Snetterton are available in advance from £17, whilst tickets for the British Touring Car Championship are available in advance from £25. Both events are free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here for F3/GT and here for the BTCC.