Snetterton 300 Circuit will not only provide the venue for the resumption of BTC Racing’s Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season this weekend, 12th/13th June, but also the eagerly awaited start of the squad’s maiden campaign in the MINI CHALLENGE support series.
Having launched a new ‘Young Driver Programme’ at the beginning of April, signing MINI driver Lydia Walmsley on a three-year deal ahead of her debut season in the JCW Class, BTC Racing’s new two car entry in the one-make category will also feature experienced racer Joe Tanner.
The 2.97-mile Norfolk track is, of course, the ‘home’ venue for Ipswich driver Walmsley and she will be as determined as possible to get the championship off to a successful start in the opening three rounds – one race on Saturday, two on Sunday.
After racing to fifth in the MINI CHALLENGE’S Cooper Championship last year, the highest placed Independent driver, the 19-year-old is striving to become – with the support of current BTCC points leading team BTC Racing – the first female driver to win the premier JCW title.
Scottish driver Tanner makes his full-time return to race action this year, having only made selected outings in recent seasons. He did debut in the JCW Class in 2020, at Knockhill in his native Scotland, and produced an eye-opening performance in qualifying with pole position on his debut.
Vice-Champion of the Scottish MINI Cooper Cup in 2013, and finishing top three in the subsequent two years, Tanner then climbed out of the driving seat to focus on establishing his Rennat Design business. As well as being Walmsley’s new team-mate, Tanner also works as her driver coach.
Following officially timed testing at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Friday, 11th June, qualifying and round one of the MINI CHALLENGE season will take place on Saturday, 12th June, with rounds two and three following on Sunday, 13th June – the latter screened live on ITV4.
Diana Binks – Communications