It’s time to preview the second event on the 2021 BTCC calendar as the circus heads to Snetterton for Rounds 4, 5, and 6.

It’s been five long weeks since the drama of Thruxton unfolded to kick off the opening rounds, but there is plenty to be excited about during this weekend.

To recap, Jake Hill came off the back of the opening weekend with the lead in the driver’s standings by one point after a consistently quick performance in all of the race sessions, just beating out double-race winner Josh Cook.

Remind yourselves of the thrilling Thruxton opener:

BTCC: Sutton takes pole position ahead of season opener

BTCC: Cook charges to fifth Thruxton victory at season opener

BTCC: Cook leads BTC Racing 1-2 after dramatic Race 2

BTCC: Sutton victorious during unpredictable final race of the day

With Snetterton ready and waiting, the drivers and their respective teams will
have lots to acclimatise in terms of the layout of the weekend, especially the structure in which qualifying will be laid out in.

For the first time in 18 months, there will be fans at the event as the easing of lockdown restrictions continues in the UK.

Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend the famous Norfolk circuit with gorgeous, clear weather predicted throughout the weekend.

The most notable headline coming into the Snetterton is that Jessica Hawkins, personal friend of Andy Neate, has gotten the go-ahead to replace him for the Snetterton rounds after he made the public decision to miss the weekend’s events due to personal reasons.

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Hawkins is one of the brightest young women causing waves in the world of British Motorsport having competed in the ultra-competitive W Series in 2019 as well as making her debut in the BTCC last year with Power Maxed Racing.

The 26-year-old has showed her potential throughout her career, especially in the BTCC, so
could this be her big opportunity to show she can run with the big names in Britain’s most
competitive motorsport?

The other big talking point from the build-up is the 2020-tested qualifying format.

It will change the outgoing BTCC format where there is one 25-minute session for everyone to simply fight for the front spot on the Race 1 grid.

This Q1-to-Q3 style format will put the pressure on all 29 drivers to try and make it to the top-10 after a 25 minute session.

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Then those top-10 drivers will have their previous laps deleted, so it’s a manic dash to put in the fastest lap possible in the short 10-minute shootout around the exciting Snetterton circuit.

It does not stop here as there will be other circuits later this year where this format of qualifying will be trialled at; specifically Silverstone and Donington Park.

Last year it was highly successful at Snetterton, and fans across the country will be expecting another brilliant showing from the new structure.

Overall, the build-up to Snetterton has had an exciting and electric feel to it, especially with no clear fastest driver or team coming out of Thruxton.

The changes and consequent unpredictability of qualifying is setting up the weekend’s action to be an iconic affair with all the drama on and off the track which fans of the BTCC have come to expect.

Snetterton Schedule
Date Time Session
Sat. 12 June 2.35pm Qualifying
Sun. 13 June 11.35am Race 1
Sun. 13 June 2.30pm Race 2
Sun. 13 June 5.20pm Race 3

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