It was simply relentless; changing weather, remarkable racing and bruising encounters. Yet through the rain, the battered bodywork and smoking rubber, emerged winners worthy of the very best that the BTCC has seen in sixty years of wheel-to-wheel racing.

Culmination of the weekend was the 60-mile ‘Diamond Double’; a specially extended race with double points and the prospect of propelling those with long-shotted title ambitions into the realm of serious contenders.

Jack Goff had delivered two commanding pole position laps in both of Saturday’s qualifying sessions and whilst he duly converted race 1 into an exceptional win over reigning champion, Ash Sutton, it was three-time former champion, Matt Neal who stole the glory, the points and the larger than life trophy as he secured his 63rd win in the championship, the second for the new Civic Type-R.

Despite the adulation aimed at Neal, it was Goff (in the older-version Type-R) who left Norfolk knowing that his pace and race-craft, especially during race 1’s variable conditions, had stunned the grid.

As the track dried, Sutton, brought his Subaru to the fore, the two trading paint as each held firm, but the once-cautious Eurotech driver’s nerve was resolute and he found the faster exit from the final corner to take his second win of the year and a rousing reception from the hardy crowd.

We’ve selected twenty of our favourite images to show some of the thrills, spills and drama from a memorable weekend.

    • Matt Neal, the former two-time champion and longest serving member of the BTCC grid, showed his class to outpace and out-race all behind to claim victory in the extended Diamond Double 60-mile race.

    • Jack Goff’s mastery of Snetterton’s long straights and twisting turns delivered pole position from both qualifying sessions and saw the Eurotech man cut through the spray to earn a remarkable win from Ash Sutton in the day’s opening encounter.

    • 2017 Champions, Ash Sutton and Tom Ingram (Independents’) both arrived in Norfolk with much to prove. Sutton’s brace of wins at Croft had shed a glimmer of title hopes for the Subaru driver, and an exhilarating Race 1 drive (P9 to P2) secured the launchpad needed for him to race to his third victory of the year in R2.

      Ingram started in a much stronger championship position to Sutton, lying second (with a 19-point deficit) to BMW’s Colin Turkington. An alternator failure in R1 forced an early retirement and the prospect of Turkington being handed the advantage, but Ingram is a man on a mission and undeterred by his starting position of P27 for R2, clawed his way past almost all before him to race to the podium. For the feature race, he once again raced to the podium and collected the double points required to covert his deficit into a 6-point championship lead over the Northern Irishman.

    • For championship leader, Colin Turkington, the prospect of arriving at Snetterton and consolidating his advantage soon turned into a battle of attrition and a hard-fought–for race against time for driver, team and machine. Being laden with 75kg of success ballast in a rear wheel drive car, racing in the middle of a lightweight pack whilst the rain pours is never going to be easy and sure enough, the WSR man found himself and his car being battered out of contention and away from the high scoring points positions of his rivals.

    • There was a welcome return to the BTCC for former Clio Cup champion, Ant Whorton-Eales, back with the AmD squad in the MG6, and fan-favourite Dan Welch, recruited by Team Hard following the mid-season departure of Jake Hill.

    • BTC Norlin’s Chris Smiley is relishing his time behind the wheel of the ex-Team Dynamics’ Honda Civic Type R, including this drive in the wet from P21 to P7. Former champion, Gordon Shedden was on hand to share his experience of the car and of racing and winning in one of the BTCC’s greatest ever cars.

    • Down and out: It was another bruising weekend for Jason Plato and Aiden Moffat. With just four points to show between them (one for Plato and three for Moffat), both are going to have to dig-deep after qualifying well below expectations in both sessions.

    • Rihanna didn’t put-in an appearance on the grid but we did see plenty of umbrellas, ella ella, eh eh eh..

    • It was another strong weekend for the Type Rs. Three pole positions, two wins and two podiums, plus top-ten finishes aplenty.

    • Adding a splash of colour to the weekend were Rob Austin’s Giullieta (with its new Alfa-red roof) and Sam Tordoff’s perky pink Focus RS.

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Images: Steve Hindle (The Black Stuff) and Lucy Laughton (Phil Laughton Photography)..