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Snetterton 300 is go! - 18 Jan 2011

Just ten weeks after construction began on the redevelopment of Snetterton circuit, trackwork has now been completed on the new 300 layout, which will become operational for the first time this week.

The multi-million pound investment project to transform Snetterton into the UK's best circuit was announced in September 2010, with construction commencing in early December.

Despite challenging weather conditions including heavy snowfall before Christmas, staff from the Buckingham Construction Group have worked tirelessly to ensure the biggest project in the Norfolk venue's 60 year history was completed in less than three months and, remarkably, ahead of schedule.

Today (Thursday), the new 2.99 mile Snetterton 300 layout became operational for the first time when it hosted a semi exclusive test day for racing cars. Among the first machinery to experience the challenges of the extended configuration was the Williams JPH1B Formula Two car, in the hands of official F2 test driver Jonathan Kennard.

"The circuit is very flowing," remarked Kennard. "There should be some good racing here and the views from the new banks will be great."

Several Formula Ford machines also took part in the semi exclusive test, and Fluid Motorsport's Lindsay Allen also hailed the team's first experience of the 300 circuit.

"The drivers like the new layout and the nice long lap," he said. "There's still some time for us to find as track surface grips up, but it's nice that that the track now has a bit of everything - it's not just a straight forward 'fast' circuit anymore."

A significant number of testing and trackdays are scheduled to place over the coming weeks, when members of the public will be able to experience driving and riding the new extended circuit for the first time.

Although construction has been completed on the circuit itself, development work will continue on the new paddock area, which is due for completion in early March.

Spectator access to the infield area will also be limited until mid March, although the new spectator banking is expected to be opened in time for the first race event to take place on the new layout - the MSVR Season Starter on 19/20 March.