The BTCC Snetterton Event 2017 last weekend marked the end of the summer break for the touring car series, and came after some testing at the Norfolk circuit. The weekend included support races from British F4, the Renault Clio Cup, Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Ginetta Juniors, and the Porsche Carrera Cup.
There have been some changes to the line up with Stewart Lines returning to BTCC to take the Team Parker drive that Dennis Strandberg had at the last round at Croft, and Brett Smith was standing in for his father, Jeff Smith, who was injured at Croft.
Meanwhile, Luke Davenport remains injured after the incident at Croft, but it was good to see him at the circuit. Josh Price has a new livery for his car, differing from the other Subarus of Team BMR with a new red design.
Qualifying saw Jack Goff top the times on Saturday, and started from pole for the first race on Sunday. A spurt of performance for the Subarus saw Ash Sutton pass Goff to take the win, with Goff in second, and Matt Neal claiming the third podium place. Jake Hill managed his season best finish of sixth, keeping a charging Colin Turkington behind him.
Just after lunch, the crowd were treated to an impressive flyby by a B17 Flying Fortress.
The second race was dramatic for Stewart Lines, with his return to the series marked with a crash early on ending his race. I was standing by the tyre barrier as Stewart hit it, and it was quite an impact.
Thankfully, he walked away from the car, which was recovered, and the race continued.
Sutton held on to take the win, and this time he was joined on the podium by title contenders Colin Turkington and Rob Collard.
The final race of the weekend was predicted to have a good chance of rain, but was probably the sunniest of the three. An early incident took Sutton out of the running, so there was to be no hat trick of victories for him. Instead, it was Gordon Shedden who took the win to stay top of the table, and with Rob Collard and Colin Turkington also on the podium, the tight race at the top of the drivers’ championship continues with eleven points separating the top four.
A special mention to Will Burns, who took the Jack Sears Trophy for the best rookie performance of the weekend, with two sixteenth places and an eighteenth, his best touring car weekend so far.
Next up is a trip to Scotland for the stunning Knockhill rounds of the championship.
Here are a few photos from the Snetterton weekend.