29th to 30th of July will see 2017 BTCC rounds 16 17 and 18 take place at the famous Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit, after its standard mid-season break. The championship has already seen five events and with another five still to go, we should expect an unpredictable showcase. For the first time in a while, nine different drivers have managed to take home 1st place wins during the first half of the championship.
We can expect a non-stop action packed weekend with 14 competitors set to line up on the grid. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the current reigning champion, Gordon Shedden, holds the fastest lap time in this circuit. His position, even though first, can still be overturned by Rob Collard, who stands only 11 points behind the leader. Double champion Colin Turkington stands in current 3rd place, just a point behind. Shedden will be racing with a great target in mind, as he has his eyes set on winning a third BTCC title in a row – this hasn’t been achieved since Andy Rouse performed a motor hat-trick over 30 years ago.
Tom Ingram and triple champion Matt Neal are all within reach of the top spots too. Some early pace setters are also in with a chance to gain a couple of podium wins knowing that the campaign is only getting into full swing.
RCIB Insurance Racing sponsored, Triple 8 MG Team drivers Aron Smith and Josh Cook are both set to appear on the Snetterton grid on the 29th of July. Mid-season break worked very much in Aron’s favour, without it he probably wouldn’t have been able to be fully mended and ready for Snetterton after the last BTCC race’s triple crash, which left him with a broken leg and two other drivers with multiple, serious injuries. Even though the Irish driver has been unable to reach the leaders top 10 standing yet, he feels confident coming up to the race:
“My preparation for Snetterton has been somewhat unorthodox! Croft threw a bit of the spanner in the works for me this season and ever since I have spent my time going from one hospital appointment to the next. I’m happy to say that I’m now nearly back to full health, just in time for Snetterton! Snetterton has historically been a kind track to me in the past and I always look forward to going there. Having missed the two day test is a bit of shame but even if a car was ready to go I certainly wouldn’t have been. I did however spend both days up at the test to still learn as much as I could from what Josh was cycling through. I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season kicking off as I feel as though we’ve worked really hard to get to this point. Not only that but the work that all of MG RCiB Insurance Racing have had to do over the gap has been astonishing, they’ve pretty much had to build a new car from scratch and it’s been so impressive to see!”
Number of people set to be present at the Norwich based circuit this weekend are adding up to thousands. With the summer festival vibe ruling the British events space at the moment, you are sure to have a memorable experience. If you are, however, more a of a sofa spectator, why not tune into ITV4 and watch the race in high definition