Snetterton reveal new corner names based on Norfolk motorsport legends

16 03 2011

Snetterton 300 Corner Names

Snetterton 300 with corner names and corresponding numbers (click to enlarge)

The new Snetterton 300 revealed the names of the new corners ahead of its debut on the British GT calendar.

The names suggested by fans of the circuit are steeped in motorsport, and more specifically Norfolk history. Among those honoured are Lewis Hamilton, Martin Brundle, Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer.

The new circuit which has excited the British GT drivers ahead of the season, has added a more complex infield that organisers hope will spice up the racing on show for the viewers.

Below is a concise list of the new corners around the track and their significance to Snetterton and motorsport.

3. Palmer – named after MotorSportVision Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, who also achieved a number of podiums at the Norfolk track in British F3.

4. Agostini – arguably the greatest motorcycle racer of all time, Giacomo Agostini, has the most Grand Prix wins and multiple world championships to his name. He won at Snetterton in the 1970s on both two wheels and four on his Formula One debut.

5. Hamilton – named after Britain’s star racing driver of the current era, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton won many podiums in Formula Renault at Snetterton.

6. Oggies – Turn Six pays homage to international businessman and co-founder of MotorSportVision, Sir Peter Ogden.

7. Williams – Sir Frank Williams designed the Williams JPH1 Formula Two car for Palmer’s series and it was developed mainly at the Norfolk base. The JPH1B, the successor of the Formula Two car, was the first to lap the new Snetterton.

Bentley Straight – Snetterton is a track synonymous with GT racing and Bentley’s Le Mans conquering Speed 8 prototype was developed heavily on the track. The 800 metre straight between Turns Seven and Eight is dedicated to the British car manufacturer.

8. Brundle – Hailing from nearby King’s Lynn, Martin Brundle and current BBC Formula One commentator was a hero in Norfolk as he made his way to the very top of motor racing. Brundle won the most votes from the public for a corner to be named after him.

9. Nelson – Away from motorsport, Turn Nine is named after a national hero. Admiral Nelson, who led Britain to her greatest ever naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is honoured in his home county of Norfolk.

12. Murrays – A name that every motorsport fan thinks over when commentating is mentioned, Murray Walker, has been given the final turn of the new layout. He oversaw many of the great British Touring Car races at Snetterton in the 1980s and 1990s.

What do you think of the new corner names? What would you had called them? Have your say below…