Snetterton geared up for heavyweight BARC weekend

06 Sep 17

Five British Automobile Racing Club championships will descend on Snetterton this weekend (9/10 September) for a bumper two days of action which will see no less than 23 races run.

In what is a pivotal point in the season for a number of the series that are competing at the Norfolk venue, several drivers will be keen to stamp their authority or make a move to put themselves firmly in the hunt for title glory.

Spearheading the weekend’s action are the 1,000-horsepower, five-tonne beasts from the British Truck Racing Championship. Never short of producing jaw-dropping entertainment, a total of nine heavyweight bouts will be played out around the 2.99 mile track.

In Division 1, defending champion Ryan Smith is currently on course to make it back-to-back titles. Smith enters this weekend with a 30-point advantage and will be keen to add to his eight wins as he bids to stretch his lead at the summit.

David Jenkins, Mat Summerfield, Stuart Oliver and Shane Brereton round out the top five and are covered by just 10 points, putting them in prime position to capitalise on any bad luck Smith may endure.

Division 2 has a similar feel with Mika Makinen leading the way following eight wins and a host of podium finishes. More than 30-points clear of Simon Cole and Tony Smith, the Finnish superstar will need to maintain his front-running momentum if he wants to add a British title to his illustrious CV. Reigning champion Adam Bint remains on the fringe of the title battle too and can’t be counted out.

The Pickup Truck Racing Championship returns to the track after more than a month away with Scott Bourne leading the way. Enjoying a stellar season so far, Bourne can’t afford a moments rest with Mark Willis hot on his heels and the likes of Michael Smith, Lea Wood and Paul Tompkins all within striking distance too.

Ben Power finds himself in the box seat in the MRF Legends Cars National Championship, 140 points ahead of multiple champion John Mickel. The two have gone back and forth this season, trading top spot, and look set to continue doing the same this weekend with six heats being played out.

The APL Health Caterham Graduates Championship will also be in action at Snetterton too for its penultimate event of the season. The multi-class series has seen high-octane thrills dazzle fans at a host of events and the entertainment is set to continue.

Oliver Gibson, Declan Dolan, Andy Molsom, Jonathan Harmer and Robin Webb all lead the way in their respective classes so all eyes will be fixed on them to see if they can each take a step closer towards title silverware.

Whilst most championships are winding to an end, the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship will kick off its 2017 season at Snetterton. Launched last year and undergoing a calendar reschedule a few months ago, this latest category for drivers 14 to 17-years-old will finally roar into life with two encounters being staged over the weekend.

Teenage sensations Lorcan Hanafin, Jack Young, Zak Fulk, Louis Doyle, Connor Grady and Max Marzorati will all be gunning for glory as they look to make history as the inaugural race winner in the tin-top formula.