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Snetterton gearing up for British GT Championship and battle for Formula Three crown

PUBLISHED: 07:54 23 May 2018

Billy Monger goes airborne after a clash at the previous British Formula Three race at Rockingham Speedway with the double amputee hoping for better fortune this weekend at Snetterton. Picture: Peter May/Jakob Ebrey Photography

Billy Monger goes airborne after a clash at the previous British Formula Three race at Rockingham Speedway with the double amputee hoping for better fortune this weekend at Snetterton. Picture: Peter May/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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A combination of safety cars and penalties for the opposition allowed the Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman Mercedes AMG GT3 to win the previous round of the British GT Championship having started from last place on the grid.

The British Formula Three field at Snetterton last year. Picture: Jakob Ebrey PhotographyThe British Formula Three field at Snetterton last year. Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography

It is unlikely that a similar feat will take place this weekend at Snetterton in either of the two one-hour races, but the competition for victory will be just as intense.

The Snetterton layout seems to favour the Lamborghini Huracan, with the Phil Keen/Jon Minshaw example having won three out of the previous four races and the pairing will be aiming to add to their victory tally.

The Aston Martin Vantage attack will be led by the Andrew Howard/Darren Turner crew with a pair of podium places in their sights. Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam are also Aston Martin mounted and Haigh, the first female racer to win a British GT race outright at Oulton Park, would love a repeat in Norfolk and certainly has the speed and equipment to pull it off.

In the GT4 category the Ginetta G55-mounted Callum Pointon and Patrik Matthiesen hold a healthy lead over the young pairing of Michael O’Brien and Charlie Fagg, and their McLaren 570S, while soap star Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will look to continue their improvement aboard their Nissan 370Z.

The Lee Mowle/Yelmer Buurman ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 heading for an unlikely victory at the previous British GT Championship race at Rockingham Speedway. They lead the championship heading to Snetterton this weekend Picture: Jakob Ebrey PhotographyThe Lee Mowle/Yelmer Buurman ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 heading for an unlikely victory at the previous British GT Championship race at Rockingham Speedway. They lead the championship heading to Snetterton this weekend Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography

There is little to choose between the top two in British Formula Three Championship with Linus Lundqvist narrowly ahead of Nicolai Kjaergaard with their battle for supremacy likely to continue at the Norfolk venue.

Double amputee Billy Monger hopes for better luck than at the previous round when his third race ended after a clash with Tom Gamble sent him airborne.

Former BTCC racer Ant Whorton-Eales is the man to beat in the Mini JWC series and heads to Snetterton with a handy 17-point cushion over 17-year-old Jordan Collard, son of BTCC racer Rob, who will be keen to close the gap to the leader.

Consistency has put Chris Panayiotou at the head of the Volkswagen Racing Cup with his Scirocco. The Ginetta G40 and GRDC Championships plus the eclectic mix of Northern Saloon and Sports Cars complete the programme, which starts at 9am on both days.

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