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04/06/2008:
A Lap of Snetterton with Viktor Jensen

 

Last season Icelandic driver Viktor Jensen took his first win in British F3 with a National Class victory on the 1.9-mile Norfolk circuit.  Snetterton is a firm favourite with the former Formula Palmer Audi race winner and he describes a lap of the circuit.

"The start finish straight at Snetterton is very quick. Going into the first corner most people stay to the right, hiding under the pitwall to hide themselves from the wind that sometimes pushes them across the track. 

"Coming into the first corner at Riches, it is pretty easy flat in these new cars, while last year you had to be flat there if you wanted to be quick but it wasn't as easy as it is now.  Getting the right line is important here because if you apex too early you'll find yourself running wide; too late and you'll be giving away a bit of track time.

"The next corner is Sear, which is really a make or break corner because it leads onto the long back straight.  There are a couple of lines around Sear but you can really use all the track on the exit.  It is very bumpy but if you want to be quick you have to be using everything you can.  The kerb on the inside is not the most easiest to use because it is a bit inconsistent.  Probably doing around 70mph there and then we're into the long straight.

"This just builds and builds and we're probably doinga bout 150mph by the end of the straight, which leads into the Esses.  This is the most technical section on the track because you have a very quick left, where there are so many ways of getting round there, followed by a slow righthander where you have to use all the kerb.

"This leads to the Bomb Hole which is completely flat if you want a quick lap and likewise with Coram.  Coram is the fastest corner on the circuit taking it at around 135mph in top gear, so coming round there you don't want anything to fall off because there isn't a lot of run off.

"You then come into Russell Chicane, which is very tight and there is a coupel of ways to take this corner but you really want to be hammering on the kerbs if you want any chance of getting a good lap time. It is very important to get a good run out of Russell because you are immediately up the hill along the start finish straight to begin another lap."

 

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