New Snetterton track layout excites drivers for British GT 2011 Championship

8 03 2011

Snetterton 300

Designers hope new lay-out will mean more exciting racing (Click to enlarge)

THE new Snetterton circuit had its first track day at the end of last month and the British GT drivers just can’t wait to give it a go.

Having undergone a £3.5 million re-development to make the track more exciting and increase overtaking opportunities, Snetterton hosted a media day and it received rave reviews with the new infield loop increasing the Snetterton 300 lay-out to 2.99 miles long.

The current crop of British GT racers are eager to give it a go and hope that with the addition of new viewing platforms and paddocks it will be a great racing spectacle.

Rookie driver Dan Denis told BritishGT: “I’ve seen pictures of the new layout it looks interesting. It should make it better than it was before. It was quite hard to overtake and now there is a lot more opportunity.”

Experienced British GT racer, Aaron Scott also told BritishGT: “I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve seen some on board footage on You Tube and it looks good.

“I’ll be there in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to it. It’s what the track needed and should make the races more exciting this season for teams and drivers.”

Piers Johnson, added to BritishGT: “We’ve got a test booked there in April to learn all about it for the second race and I’m looking forward to it.

“I always liked Snetterton anyway and hopefully now it’ll be a little bit more technical.”

Ex-Le Mans driver, Gregor Fisken, told BritishGT: “It’s obviously a big revision and we’re very excited.

“It’s brilliant to see what’s happening and I can’t wait to drive on the new track.

“It might just be one of those things that adds a bit of mileage onto an already a great circuit. Snetterton is favourite of mine so I’m hoping the good just got better.”

MotorsportVision, who are behind the revamp, released a simulation of what they wanted the track to look like before the work started.

Alongside the on-board camera from the last month’s track day you can see how accurate the redevelopment has been.

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Rookie Dan Denis can’t wait for endurance races in G4 title battle

3 03 2011

Dan Denis

Youngster Dan Denis can't wait for debut season © Jakob Ebrey

BRITISH GT rookie Dan Denis has his sights firmly set on G4 glory this year as he makes the step up from the Ginetta Cup.

Driving for Scuderia Vittoria in a Ginetta G50, Denis, 19, from West Sussex can’t wait to get to grips with the longer endurance events which attracted him to the British GT series.

He told BritishGT: “This is my first year in British GT, but I hope to be challenging for the G4 title.

“I’ve done a year in the Ginetta last year in the G50 Cup but the endurance racing was quite appealing to me, especially this year because they have changed the races to make them longer now with two hour races.

“I’m running with Piers Masarati for Scuderia Vittoria this year and I’m testing his Ferrari later in the year.

“The plan is to challenge in G4 this year and hopefully win that and then move into GT3 with him next year.”

And Denis is well aware of the increased pressures that come with the longer distances but feels he is adequately prepared despite his relative inexperience.

He explained: “The challenge of the longer race and maintaining concentration and the strategy and pit stops involved really appeals to me.

“I’ve done some fitness training in the gym and do quite a lot of swimming to get myself up to fitness so I feel as though I am ready.”

Denis does not have a co-driver yet but revealed that an announcement by Piers Masarati, Scuderia Vittoira Team Manager, is imminent with a Formula Renault driver being lined up.

Dan Denis Ginetta G50

Denis will be driving the Ginetta G50 this year © Jakob Ebrey

One advantage that Denis has over some of his rivals that are running with a new car for the 2011 season is that he will be racing in his Ginetta from last year where he feels right at home.

He revealed: “It’s the same car I used in the G50 Cup but it’s been upgraded for G4 racing.

“The rear wing has been taken off, a different air box has been put on and the wheels are bigger than they were before but the car itself is the same.

“I’ve not had a chance to test it yet but hopefully after the Media Day I’ll have quite a lot of test days.

“I’d like to do some stuff at Silverstone and the new Snetterton layout which looks really interesting.”