Hairpin at Snetterton Circuit to be renamed in Justin Wilson’s honour

Keith Wilson (left), father of Justin, and circuit owner MSVs Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, and the newly christened corner at Snetterton ANL-160726-155553001
Keith Wilson (left), father of Justin, and circuit owner MSVs Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, and the newly christened corner at Snetterton ANL-160726-155553001

A hairpin at Snetterton Circuit will be rechristened in honour of racing driver Justin Wilson, who died last year.

Wilson, who was killed in an IndyCar race last August, was a protégé of circuit owner MSV’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Palmer, who guided him through much of his junior single-seater career towards Formula One.

He leaves a lasting legacy that we will cherish and perpetuate

Jonathan Palmer

Snetterton’s Montreal hairpin will be renamed in his memory, starting with this weekend’s round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Appropriately, the Wilson hairpin leads into Palmer corner on the 300 circuit which will be used this weekend – aptly, Sunday’s three BTCC races will take place on what would have been Justin’s 38th birthday.

Mr Palmer said: “Not only was Justin an outstanding racing driver, he was also the epitome of a true sportsman, earning universal respect and admiration. He leaves a lasting legacy that we will cherish and perpetuate, with the naming of Wilson corner at Snetterton an important part of that.”

Mr Wilson’s father, Keith, added: “We cannot thank Jonathan and Lisa Davis (MSV’s General Manager) enough for all their support for Justin and our whole family stretching right back as far as the inaugural Formula Palmer Audi race in 1998.”