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Snetterton 300: Martin Brundle named on racing circuit

Snetterton is to name one of its new circuit corners after Martin Brundle

Norfolk's Martin Brundle, the former F1 driver and the BBC's new lead commentator, has been honoured by being named on the new Snetterton racetrack.

His name will feature on a corner of the new £3.5m Snetterton 300 circuit in south Norfolk, which will be completed in time for the 2011 racing season.

"I'm really made-up about it, especially as a Norfolk boy," he said.

The new track, set to be the second longest in the country, coincides with the 60th anniversary of the circuit.

"This place is very special to me and so for there to be a corner named after me on this new layout is a great honour," said Brundle.

Despite delays from bad weather, the new F1-standard Snetterton 300 will be completed by the end of February 2011.

The track will include two other circuits inside it - Snetterton 200 and Snetterton 100 - which will be used for "club race events" and "track-day activities."

Jonathan Palmer talks about the new features added to the Snetterton circuit

The renovated layout is part of £20m of investment planned for Snetterton which Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of the circuit's owner MotorSport Vision, believes will pay off.

"It's had its character - its long straights, a couple of fast corners - but [Snetterton] hasn't been one of Britain's great circuits," he said.

"I wanted to transform it... to provide a circuit that's going to be an absolute favourite throughout the country, for competitors, for drivers, for riders, but particularly for spectators.

"We've got a substantial amount of development potential with racing workshops, precision engineering workshops, motor industry retail, hotel and restaurant developments.

"I'm very confident that the extra appeal of the circuit, now that we've got a layout that's truly exceptional and world-class, is going to be the magnet that's going to attract those extra spectators."

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