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Wigram Airfield Circuit was a temporary motor racing circuit at Wigram Aerodrome, Christchurch, New Zealand. The airfield is a former base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. It is named after Sir Henry Wigram. The temporary circuit was 3 km (2.1 mile) with a 1.3 km (0.8mile) main straight.[1] The first summer meetings held at Wigram Aerodrome in 1949 are considered the oldest motor races in New Zealand.[2] The track hosted the 1964-1969 Tasman Series. For safety reasons, the last race at Wigram (for classic racers) was held in the year 2000.

Wigram Airfield Circuit
Wigram Airfield Circuit map.png
LocationChristchurch, New Zealand
Time zoneGMT +12
Coordinates43°33′5″S 172°33′6″E / 43.55139°S 172.55167°E / -43.55139; 172.55167Coordinates: 43°33′5″S 172°33′6″E / 43.55139°S 172.55167°E / -43.55139; 172.55167
OwnerNgai Tahu Property
Major eventsLady Wigram Trophy
Tasman Series
New Zealand Grand Prix
Length3.540 km (2.200 mi)
Turns8
Race lap record1:03.6 (Peter Gethin, Chevron B24 Chevrolet, 1974)

Wigram also held the 1974 New Zealand Grand Prix which was won by Australian race driver John McCormack.

The Lady Wigram Trophy which was organized by the Canterbury Car Club had been raced at Wigram Aerodrome since 1949.[3] The race for the trophy has since moved to Powerbuilt Raceway at Ruapuna Park.[1]

Ngai Tahu Property, the owners of the aerodrome, are acquiring the site as part of a treaty settlement claim. The aerodrome was closed to air traffic in September 2008 and will become a housing development.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wigram track at Tasman-Series.com Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Motor Racing at Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  3. ^ Lady Wigram Trophy Winners - The Canterbury Car Club Archived 1 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Wigram air traffic to end". The Press. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2011.

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