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Sandy Mitchell means business at midpoint of 2022 British GT campaign

British GT action switches to a Snetterton double-header for Angus racer Sandy Mitchell this weekend. Supplied by McMedia.
British GT action switches to a Snetterton double-header for Angus racer Sandy Mitchell this weekend. Supplied by McMedia.

Former champ Sandy Mitchell is determined Snetterton will be a happy British GT hunting ground again this weekend.

The Forfar racer and teammate Adam Balon have work to do to ignite their 2022 title challenge.

But 22-year-old Lamborghini factory ace Mitchell is fired up to get back to the top step of the podium.

Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon
Sandy Mitchell (left) and Adam Balon. Supplied by McMedia.

And the weekend double-header presents a brace of opportunities at a Norfolk track the young Scot has happy memories of.

Record-breaking win

It’s a place where he was winning at more than 150 miles per hour before he was even road legal to get behind the wheel.

In 2016 he became British GT’s youngest ever winner at the age of 16 years and 169 days.

It’s a championship record which still stands today.

“Snetterton has definitely played an important role in my sportscar career,” says Mitchell.

“It’s where I won my first-ever British GT4 race, and I’ve regularly either won there, or finished on the podium.”

Sandy Mitchell Snetterton win
Sandy Mitchell (right) was just 16 when he set the record as British GT’s youngest winner at Snetterton.

The Angus driver now competes in the top-flight GT3 category in a Lamborghini Huracan prepared by Barwell Motorsport.

In May, Mitchell and Balon won British GT’s Blue Riband event, the three-hour Silverstone 500.

It was another history-making outing for the former Dundee High School pupil, as the race’s first two-time winner.

Sandy Mitchell Silverstone 500
Balon and Mitchell celebrate Silverstone 500 success earlier this season. Supplied by McMedia.

And after finishing on the podium at Snetterton last season, the duo are eyeing victory in at least one of this weekend’s two one-hour races.

“Snetterton marks the mid-point of the British GT season, so it’s crucial Adam and I leave Norfolk with a good haul of points this weekend, and ideally a race win,” he said.

“The last couple of British GT races have each been three-hours, so switching back to two 60-minute races in a day demands a completely different set-up for both the drivers and team.

“Snetterton’s a pretty cool circuit.

“It’s quite long, which is nice, and includes a good mix of demands, with tight, twisty bits and long fast sections. It’s a good combination.

“The last section of the circuit is the most demanding.

“But it’s also somewhere you can definitely make a lot of time up by getting it right.

“We’ve won sprint races at Snetterton before, and we know how good the guys at Barwell are at setting up the car.

“So we head to Norfolk with a really strong chance of achieving the results we want.”

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