Snetterton
- Norfolk

  • Circuit Information

    Snetterton has enjoyed a renaissance since MSV took over the circuit in 2004, and the venue was majorly redeveloped in 2011 with the creation of a brand new 3 mile circuit configuration to transform it into one of the best tracks in the UK.

    One of Britain's fastest and longest circuits, the Norfolk venue is located 10 miles north-east of Thetford on the A11.

    First used for motor racing in 1951, Snetterton has become renowned over the past half century for its long straights and high speed corners. Cars and bikes are often up to four abreast down the famous Bentley Straight!

    Highlights on the circuits race calendar include annual visits from the British Superbike, British Touring Car and British Truck championships, and there are also two and four wheel club meetings most weekends during the season.

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  • Snetterton Circuit History

    Snetterton's original purpose was as an RAF airfield, designated for use by the 96th United States Air Force Bomber Group between May 1943 and November 1948. The circuit itself was created in 1951 from the network of remaining runways and its first race event was held in the same year by the Aston Martin Owner's Club.

    The circuit configuration has changed several times during Snetterton's 60 year history. In the 1960s and early 70s it was 2.7 miles in length and during this period Russell Bend was added as the final corner of the track, in order to slow race vehicles as they approached the pits. Since the 1970s, however, the lap was shortened considerably to just under two miles until 2010, when circuit owner MSV announced the greatest redevelopment in the venue's history to create a new multi-configuration layout, completed in February 2011.

    Snetterton has hosted many significant events over the past six decades, including non-championship F1 encounters, the first Formula Ford events and the UK's first ever 24 hour race, the Willhire 24 Hour, which ran from 1980 to 1994. It is also a renowned testing venue and has contributed to the development of many race winning cars, including those from the Lotus factory such as the DFV-powered 49 and the Indy 500-winning 38. Most recently, a host of Le Mans 24 Hour cars have been developed at the Norfolk track, including Bentley's first Le Mans car for 70 years, the EXP Speed Eight. The all-conquering Audi R8 and Williams BMW LMP were also spotted first at Snetterton.

  • Snetterton Circuit Configurations
    300 Circuit
    - 3 miles
    200 Circuit
    - 2 miles
    100 Circuit
    - 1 mile
    Snetterton circuit configurations
Contact Us

Snetterton
Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2JU
Tel: 01953 887 303
Fax: 01953 888 220
snetterton@msv.com

Accommodation

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How to find Snetterton

You'll find the circuit 10 miles north-east of Thetford on the A11 from London to Norwich.