Summer will be in full swing by the time we reach the end of July, when the BRSCC will be heading to a (hopefully) sunny Snetterton circuit in Norfolk for two days of incredible club motorsport. Sunshine and great racing – what more could you want! There’s plenty on the bill to keep you entertained and a form of racing that will suit everyone, so make sure you check it out.
It’s going to be a busy weekend for anyone owning a Ford Fiesta, as there are three championships in action across both days that are sure to put on quite a show. The Fiesta Championship will see plenty of cars in both the ST150 and ST240 classes battling on track together with three races scheduled on the timetable and the newer turbo cars will certainly appreciate the long straights that will allow them to stretch their legs. But if you want to talk busy, consider their younger counterparts in the Fiesta Junior Championship, who will be contesting four races across both days – FOUR! This will mean that our young racers will have plenty of time to enjoy themselves on track as they pass the halfway point in the season in their bids to become champion. The racing from FJC is always energetic to make sure you check it out!
The other set of Fiestas making a trip to Norfolk will be those contesting the ETSL ST-XR Challenge, another Ford-based championship that is dedicated to Fiesta XR2s and ST150s as well as Escort XR3is, all built to the equivalent of Group N specification. This will be their first visit to Snetterton in 2018 when they competed here as their “away day” of the season that year, but in 2021 the championship is choosing to brand further outside of its usual North Western-based venues. This appears to have opened the floodgates on entries, as almost 40 drivers have registered for this season and we’re certain that this weekend will get a superb level of support.
You certainly won’t be short on choice if you’re a saloon car racing fan, as there are three more championships that are sure to satisfy that appetite. The Nankang BMW Compact Cup always bring fun wherever it goes and thanks to its high level of support with more than 30 cars regularly entered at each round, close and intense pack racing is sure to follow. The new Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup will have been enjoying its new championship status in the first couple of meetings so far this year and heads to Snetterton with a bumper list of entries sure to be in attendance, with a large congregation of Citroen C1s, Peugeot 107s and Toyota Aygos set to make an appearance. Also, our friends at the Track Attack Race Club will certainly have a healthy variety of machines on their grid, with the Tricolore Trophy, Nippon Challenge, Deutsche Marques Cup, 206 GTi Production Cup, TT Challenge and Classic VW Cup all providing a superb blend of French, German, Japanese and Asian cars all racing together.
You may also see many cars from the majority of the championships mentioned above choosing to compete in Sunday’s afternoon’s weekend-concluding encounter, the Clubsport Trophy race. Open to cars that fit into one of five classes based on “true” power to weight ratio which include the driver in full race kit, Clubsport races last 45 minutes with a mandatory pit stop and both solo and two-drivers entries permitted. If you’ve ever wonder how a Mazda MX-5 stacks up against a Ford Fiesta, BMW Compact or even a CityCar on track at the same time, for example, this contest is a fun and competitive way to find out. Ever a popular and entertaining race, you definitely want to check this out as it’s a perfect way to round off the race meeting.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be treating you to some exotic machinery courtesy of the superb Aston Martin Owners Club’s Racing division, as they provide both classic racing via the Innes Ireland Cup and Jack Fairman Cup for cars from the 1950s and 1960 and something for fans of the more contemporary variety courtesy of the Intermarques, GT Challenge and GT4 Challenge. With a history of more than 85 years and having organised races for over 50 years alone, AMOC certainly know to how to bring a little extra class and prestige to any race weekend they grace.