Redstone Racing driver takes us on a virtual lap of Snetterton ahead of the next round in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The Snetterton 300 layout is still new to the BTCC calendar after opening in 2011. We've done some testing on the track over the mid-season break and I had a great weekend here last year with two top six finishes and a win in the final race and came away leading the overall Championship. Let's just hope that 2012 proves to be as successful!
A good start off the line is crucial here on the long Senna Straight as you need to be pretty committed with hard breaking dropping down from sixth to fifth heading into the first corner Riches. Then it's crucial to get a good run into the Montreal hairpin as this provides one of the best overtaking opportunities on the lap – it's all the way down to second through here then up through to fourth on the short run into Palmer – a fast corner with little room for error.
Next up is Agostini, a sharp dab on the brakes and a drop right down into second here sets you up for a good entry into the left hander Hamilton, a quick change up into fourth and you've got to be really careful not to use too much rim on the exit or the vicious curbs will see you out of the race. It's back down to third for the right hander Oggies before a quick snatch back for Williams where a good exit is vital for a fast run up Bentley straight.
It can get pretty hairy down the back straight as you come under the bridge into Brundle using the Apex curbs for braking whilst changing down into third for Nelson – all the while making sure that you don't run too wide for the run into Bomb Hole. Then it's a quick change up through fourth and fifth as you hit Coram – a corner that calls for big balls and high speed entry as it tightens up all the way through heading into the final corner Murrays. A smooth drop back down into second round Murrays will hopefully leave you perfectly positioned for a fast run climbing up through the gears up the start/finish straight to take the chequered flag.