MSV tracks get winter updates

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With a winter-enforced break in the racing calendar, circuit owners and MCE BSB organisers Motorsport Vision have taken the opportunity to launch a schedule of maintenance and improvement work at a number of their tracks.

2014 will see safety improvements and new surfaces in a number of spots at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park, while Snetterton gets new kerbs and improvements to paddock facilities.

As well as work on the Paddock Hill, Graham Hill and Surtees run-off areas, Brands Hatch has also been given an entirely new surface in pit lane. Circuit Manager Mike Groves: "We are entirely resurfacing the Pit Lane area with a much higher grade material. This will smarten it up dramatically, it'll be freshly marked out to the latest FIA spec and it'll improve the experience for all of our customers and competitors.”

Oulton Park will see new surfaces at a number of corners, including the Shell Hairpin, Britten’s Chicane and Druids, as well as safety work and barrier modifications at Old Hall Corner.

Circuit Manager Simon Bonser said: "MSV has invested in resurfacing key corners at Oulton Park this winter as part of our phased resurfacing plan. In total over 6000 square metres of tarmac has been laid at the track. Having driven these bends myself I think that our customers will really notice the difference - the track now feels much smoother and I'll be surprised if lap times aren't a little faster as a result."

Snetterton, the site of a major renovation three years ago, has received the least attention, with kerbs widened, tyre walls replaced and Armco updated at a number of spots on the Norfolk track

"We have taken the opportunity to improve the track and facilities for both competitors and trackday customers, building upon the circuit's transformation three years ago," said Circuit Manager Jamie Hopper.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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