Lydia Walmsley will bid to bounce back from a tough end to her weekend at Brands Hatch when the Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE arrives at Snetterton this weekend.

In her third year in the JCW category, Walmsley has enjoyed a solid start to the new season- scoring five straight top-ten finishes before contact in race three last time out brought that run to an end.

Despite that, Walmsley sits on the fringes of the top ten going into her home round, where she will bid to return to the top ten and also avoid a repeat of the dramatic exit she made from the corresponding weekend last year…

“Even though Brands Hatch didn’t end the way we hoped, with contact putting us three laps down, it’s been a different ball game compared to 2022,” she said.

“Being a small, family team, it was a huge challenge for us last season and it took us time to get our heads around the car and I think it’s fair to say that we now have a much better understanding of it and how to get the most out of it.

“We also have experience with the tyre now, which was a big thing last year, and it means we are closer to where we want to be, and where we expect to be.

“Heading into my home event, I hope it goes better than last year when I didn’t manage to get past turn one! I have a lot of local companies and family coming to cheer me on and Snetterton is a circuit I love, so I’m looking forward to it.”