Like many other British circuits, Snetterton was originally an RAF airfield. The airfield which is located near Norwich was designated for use by the 96th United States Air Force Bomber Group from May 1943 to November 1948. The race circuit was created some three years later in 1951 from the runway network and its first race event was held the same year by the Aston Martin Owner's Club. Since its creation the circuit configuration has changed several times before evolving into what is now known as Snetterton 300. The circuit was transformed into its current configuration in 2011 following a multi-million pound redevelopment by its owner MSV. This marked the 60th anniversary of a circuit which now offers three major configurations known as the 300, 200 and 100 circuits that enable the track to cater for all different types of events. Over the years Snetterton has hosted many significant events such as the UK's first ever 24 hour race and has been a fantastic car development circuit which assisted the likes of Lotus in creating race winning cars such as the DFV-powered 49 and the Indy 500-winning 38. More recently the circuit has aided the likes of Bentley in developing its first Le Mans car for 70 years, the EXP Speed Eight and appearances by Audi’s R8 and the Williams BMW LMP have further add to the circuit’s reputation. The circuit now holds major championship events including the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship and British F3 and GT Championships.