Like a number of venues on the British motorsport scene, including Silverstone and Croft, Snetterton race circuit is located on what was previously an old airfield – in this case having been used as the wartime base for the 96th US Air Force Bomber Group.
The circuit was created by joining together a network of old runways, with the first race meeting being held in 1951 by the Aston Martin Owner's Club.
Unsurprisingly, its former role as an airfield means that Snetterton is characterised by two long straights, one of which – the Revett Straight – is amongst the longest in the country. Much of the lap is spent at full throttle, while the high speed run through the Bomb Hole and Coram Curve has produced many dramatic moments over the years.
Snetterton is a prime location for teams and manufacturers who wish to test new cars, with the Le Mans winning Bentley Speed Eight, the Audi R8 and the new Lola B08/60-Aston Martin all having had their first major tests at the venue.
The venue plays host to most of the major British championships including the BTCC, BSB and British F3/GT with circuit owner Jonathan Palmer – who also owns Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Brands Hatch – having expressed a desire to bring the circuit up to the standards required to bring a wide range of top level international series' to Norfolk.