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Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon’s world-class, 3km main circuit has hosted spectacular racing since opening in 1973, from club events to international meetings.

Four-wheeled action has ranged from the New Zealand Grand Prix featuring Formula One-bound stars to national and international championship categories as well as endurance events, truck and trans-tasman V8 utility racing. Manfeild is also renowned as a world-class venue for motorcycle racing; exemplified by the famous Castrol six-hour endurance race series that ran for 15 years and world superbike fixtures that achieved global interest.

Manfeild’s main circuit has a Grade 3 rating with motorsport’s international ruling body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.

The design of this superfast layout was overseen by famous Ferrari-associated racer Chris Amon, who grew up locally. The banked corners are a unique feature for a NZ motor-racing circuit and a particular reflection of Amon’s input; he had experienced – and enjoyed – similar gradients on some of Europe’s most historic tracks.

The seven cambered corners that make up the ‘Circuit’ are a brilliant testing ground for any driver. With five realistic passing opportunities, along with Manfeild being the longest motor racing course with uninterrupted views in the Southern Hemisphere; spectators are treated to some great action.

To hire the circuit for any type of ‘competition’ the hirer should be a Motorsport New Zealand (MSNZ) or Motorcycling NZ (MNZ) affiliated club, and thus apply for and gain a permit through MSNZ/MNZ for the running of their day, complying to MSNZ/MNZ rules and regulations.

While the circuit is built for motor racing, it is also ideally suited to a number of activities including driver training, product launches, hot-laps, cycling and skating. All motor vehicle activity on the 3km circuit must be run by a suitably qualified person/s. Evidence of qualifications and necessary insurances will be requested at the time of booking.


Quick Stats

Licence: FIA Grade 3
Length: 3kms
Width: 12 metres
Available operating hours: 9am - 4.30pm (Unless prior approval from Manfeild Park Trust in association with the Noise Resource Consent.)

 

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