In late , it was confirmed by the BTCC that Snetterton will host an inaugural shootout session during qualifying in ’s campaign. The system is utilised in many other forms of motorsport across the globe, but will be a first for the British Touring Cars. However, this will not be the first time Snetterton has [ ]. carl on board with team hard for btcc tyre test! Jul 6, | News, BTCC As the week’s countdown until the Legendary Dunlop MSA, British Touring Car Series arrives at Norfolks Snetterton Circuit for Round six of the Championship Series on 28 th & 29 th July, BTCC’s popular Team Hard will be staging a Tyre Test at the hugely popular. Jul 16, · Official BTCC Dunlop tyre test today at Snetterton, was glorious weather and they was really going for it. I have put all together the "raw" footage as some of .
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However, the weather had other plans, and although the changeable conditions may have not been what some of the spectators were expecting, it did make things interesting on track for both the touring car drivers, and also the support races in the Clio Cup , British F4 , Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Ginetta Juniors and the Porsche Carrera Cup. Friday night saw thunderstorms and some flooding across the UK, and parts of East Anglia, the region in which Snetterton is located, was lit up like a fireworks display at times given the number of lightning strikes that were happening in the area.
However, the rain and clouds quickly cleared on Saturday morning, and although the circuit was very windy, it was sunny and bright. The first free practice session saw Matt Simpson top the times from Chris Smiley, with an impressive performance from Mike Bushell putting the Team Hard driver in third place. Second free practice saw Jack Goff at the top of the table, followed by Dam Cammish and Simpson, with another impressive drive from Bushell putting him in fourth place.
Qualifying was different from normal, with the third race of the weekend being the Diamond Double celebration of the 60 years of the BTCC formerly the British Saloon Car Championship having their own qualifying session, with no success ballast for any of the cars, either in qualifying or the race.
The race was a double length, 60 mile race, with double points to be awarded. The first qualifying session saw Goff take pole from Cammish and Simpson, with the second qualifying for the Diamond Double race again seeing Goff at the top of the table ahead of Matt Neal and Tom Chilton.
Sunday saw a very wet start, with the early races of the day in the support series looking very damp and featuring cars with their lights on. The rain was still falling by the first touring car race, but had eased off a little.
It was a fantastic race filled with overtaking and close battles, including right at the front, with pole sitter Goff being challenged by Ash Sutton who had a terrific start to the race from seventh place.
Sutton put in fastest laps to catch the leader, and the last two laps saw them fight for position. Sutton passed Goff, but Goff fought back and took the lead, with the race finishing with the cars racing along the main straight to reach the flag. Goff took the win from Sutton by 0. Could he manage his ambition for the weekend and score a point? By the time the second race came, the rain had stopped but the track was not yet dry.
A normal race round at Snetterton is 12 laps and the Diamond Jubilee mile race will be contested over 20 laps. The teams will need to work on their set-up; with no success ballast for race three, which will help with less loading on the tyres, they will still need to manage tyre usage, especially when it comes to camber, toe and spring rates.
As for which of the two races drivers and teams will select to use the Option-Soft this weekend, well that makes for interesting reading. Adam Morgan has already selected the option tyre three times in race one, so will have no choice but to use the Option-Soft in the second race at Snetterton. Rory Butcher, Chris Smiley, Jack Goff, Tom Ingram and Sam Tordoff have already chosen the option tyre twice in race one, so it will be interesting to see their decisions come Saturday evening.
Looking ahead to the long-distance race we tested the hard compound at the Snetterton test last year and ran the medium tyre at the mid-season test there earlier this month, where five or six cars completed full 20 lap race runs and the pace was exceptional.