40 Cars Max
Since its redevelopment in 2011, Snetterton's fast flowing sections and complex layout across three miles has proven a popular choice for track days and race events.
It isn’t difficult to see why. Competitors and spectators alike can enjoy the winding layout of this Norfolk circuit. The raised banks offer some of the best race viewing in the country, and the track itself blends some incredible bends with speedy straights. It’s all there for you to enjoy.
40 cars can be on the track at any one time, with the three-mile circuit being one of the longest on our calendar.
If you’re looking to spend a day out in the area, the English Whisky Company is located less than two miles from the track, although we of course would recommend visiting after you have been behind the wheel!
Within ten miles of the circuit you’ll find the stunning Diss Mere, Bressingham Steam Museum, a paintballing forest, and a zoo.
If you’re not from around the area, we would strongly recommend an overnight stay. Take on the track, and then take in the surrounding areas, you won’t be disappointed.
As for the track itself, Snetterton is also a popular test track and has been used as a proving ground for a number of high-profile racing cars.
Address: Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk NR16 2JU
Circuit Type: Permanent road closure
The British Touring Car Championship has a Snetterton leg, as do the British Superbike Championship and British GT Championship and countless other historic tours on both two and four wheels.
Why? It’s simple. Speed! With one of the corners named after Lewis Hamilton himself, it is imperative that Snetterton lives up to its reputation as one of the fastest circuits on our shores, and it really does.
Much like other tracks in the UK, Snettertron is an ex-airfield that has been re-developed in the post-war era. More of that shortly.
Located just ten miles north-east of Thetford on the A11 from London to Norwich, Snetterton is nice and easy to get to.
Arriving from the south, you’ll want to leave the M11 at junction 9, following the A11. From the north, or even the west, join the A11 from the M11 after Newmarket. The circuit is based parallel to the A11.
Norwich airport is nearby, while London Stansted is just 65 miles away. Eccles Road train station is two miles away from the track, and can be walked in 40 minutes.
Initially opened in 1943 as an RAF-base, Snetterton Heath, as it was then known, provided a home for the US Army Air Force’s 96th Bomb Group – quite a mouthful, we know.
During World War II, Snetterton Heath actually lost 900 aircrew and 250 aircraft. It really is steeped in history.
In 1951, after much persuasion from Oliver Sear and Dudley Corman, Fred Riches agreed to allow motor racing on site.
A signature feature was the near mile-long ‘Norwich Straight’, which, as previously mentioned, runs parallel to the A11 road. It ends with a tight hairpin bend, which is something that drivers must have in mind while going flat out down the straight.
In 1965, due to safety concerns, a chicane was inserted at the end of the Paddock Corner, and named after Jim Russell, who was famous for starting up the world’s first racing driver circuit at the circuit the decade prior.
Despite its reputation for high speed, Snetterton remained one of the safer tracks around, partly due to its open space providing very little to hit should a car find itself off the track.
Snetterton became the home of a British first in 1980, when its shorter track hosted the first ever 24-hour race. This became a popular event, and would run until 1994.
Three variations of the circuit can now be used. The newest, known as Snetterton 300, is the longest and involves most of the original short course.
The aforementioned chicane, named after Jim Russell, has been replaced with a new right-hand bend. In spite of the changes, Snetterton has managed to keep hold of its traditions.
A fantastic history and a reputation for its speed. Snetterton truly is one to tick off the list.
If you’re looking to book a track day with more pace than the rest, Snetterton is the choice for you. As a circuit, it truly does maximise your top speed, boasting the longest straights in the UK.
The track demands your respect with bomb hole and corum sections complimenting the challenging layout.
There is just one annual Open Pit Lane day with want2race, so be sure you don’t miss out on this extravaganza of speed.
If you’d like to visit Snetterton, or indeed any of our premium track days, head on over to our calendar and see which dates work best for you.