New Zealand Grand Prix

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New Zealand Grand Prix
Circuit Chris Amon
Manfeild Autocourse track map (New Zealand) clockwise.svg
Race information
Number of times held 63
First held 1950
Most wins (drivers) United Kingdom Stirling Moss (3)
Australia Jack Brabham (3)
New Zealand Craig Baird (3)
New Zealand Ken Smith (3)
New Zealand Nick Cassidy (3)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Tatuus (12)
Circuit length 3.033 km (1.885 mi)
Race length 106.155 km (65.962 mi)
Laps 35
Last race (2018)
Pole position
Fastest lap

The New Zealand Grand Prix, sometimes known as the New Zealand International Grand Prix, is an annual motor racing event held in New Zealand. First held in 1950, it is best known for hosting rounds of the Tasman Series in the 1960s and 1970s. It is currently run as the signature race of the Toyota Racing Series.

It is one of only two current national Grand Prix events that are not part of the Formula One World Championship, the other being the Macau Grand Prix.[1]


The race was once an important race on the international calendar, most notably when it was a part of the Tasman Series. In this era, several contemporary Formula One drivers would compete in the race, often with great success. Six Formula One World Drivers' Champions have won the New Zealand Grand Prix, including three-time champions Sir Jack Brabham and Sir Jackie Stewart.[2] In the years following the demise of the Tasman Series, Formula One drivers did not regularly compete in extra-curricular races, and as such the New Zealand Grand Prix lost many of its big-name entrants. It was run for smaller local or continental formulae in the 1990s and 2000s such as Formula Holden. Since 2006, the race is run as part of the Toyota Racing Series, which has gained international prominence due to the championship being held over the Northern Hemisphere winter. This has resulted in many international drivers, particularly young developmental drivers, joining the championship in their traditional off-season, thus restoring a level of prestige to the event.[2] It is seen as a stepping stone to larger open-wheeler classes, such as Formula 3, and beyond, and drivers such as Daniil Kvyat and Alex Lynn have competed in the race and then gone on to compete as race or test drivers in Formula One.[2]

In its history, the race has been held in seven different locations across New Zealand. Pukekohe Park Raceway in Pukekohe has been the most common venue, with the race being held there 29 times. The Circuit Chris Amon, formerly Manfeild Autocourse, in Feilding has hosted the event since 2008.[3] Hampton Downs Motorsport Park has also contested to host the event in recent years.[4]


Year Winner Car Class Circuit Report
1950 New Zealand John McMillan Jackson Special Ford Formula Libre Ohakea Circuit Report

not held
1954 Australia Stan Jones Maybach Special Formula Libre Ardmore Circuit Report
1955 Thailand Prince B. Bira Maserati 250F Report
1956 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 250F Report
1957 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Ferrari 555/860 Report
1958 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T43 Climax Report
1959 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper T45 Climax Report
1960 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T51 Climax Report
1961 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper T53 Climax Report
1962 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus 21 Climax Report
1963 United Kingdom John Surtees Lola Mk4 Climax Pukekohe Park Raceway Report
1964 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper T70 Climax Tasman Series
(Tasman Formula)
1965 United Kingdom Graham Hill Brabham BT11A Climax Report
1966 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM P261 Tasman Series Report
1967 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM P261 Report
1968 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Ferrari V6 Report
1969 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Ferrari V6 Report
1970 Australia Frank Matich McLaren M10A Chevrolet Tasman Series
(Formula 5000)
1971 Australia Niel Allen McLaren M10B Chevrolet Report
1972 Australia Frank Gardner Lola T300 Chevrolet Report
1973 Australia John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden Report
1974 Australia John McCormack Elfin MR5 Repco-Holden Wigram Airfield Circuit Report
1975 Australia Warwick Brown Lola T332 Chevrolet Pukekohe Park Raceway Report
1976 New Zealand Ken Smith Lola T332 Chevrolet Formula 5000 Report
1977 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B34 Formula Pacific Report
1978 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B34 Report
1979 Italy Teo Fabi March 79B Report
1980 New Zealand Steve Millen Ralt RT1 Report
1981 New Zealand David McMillan Ralt RT1
1982 Brazil Roberto Moreno Ralt RT4 Ford
1983 New Zealand David Oxton Ralt RT4 Ford Formula Mondial
1984 United States Davy Jones Ralt RT4 Ford Formula Pacific
1985 United States Ross Cheever Ralt RT4 Ford
1986 United States Ross Cheever Ralt RT4 Ford
1987 United States Davy Jones Ralt RT4 Ford
1988 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ralt RT4 Ford
1989 United States Dean Hall Swift Cosworth
1990 New Zealand Ken Smith Swift Cosworth
1991 New Zealand Craig Baird Swift Toyota
1992 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard 92H Formula Atlantic Manfeild Autocourse
1993 New Zealand Craig Baird Reynard 92H
1994 New Zealand Greg Murphy Reynard 90D Holden Formula Brabham
1995 New Zealand Brady Kennett Reynard 91D Holden

not held
1998 New Zealand Simon Wills Reynard 94D Holden Formula Holden Ruapuna Park
1999 New Zealand Simon Wills Reynard 94D Holden
2000 New Zealand Andy Booth Reynard 94D Holden Pukekohe Park Raceway Report
2001 not held
2002 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Van Diemen Stealth RF94 Ford Formula Ford Teretonga Park
2003 New Zealand Jonny Reid Van Diemen Stealth RF94 Ford
2004 New Zealand Ken Smith Van Diemen Stealth Evo2 Ford
2005 New Zealand Simon Gamble Spectrum 010 Ford Report
2006 Bahrain Hamad Al Fardan Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Toyota Racing Series Report
2007 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2008 New Zealand Andy Knight Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Manfeild Autocourse
(Circuit Chris Amon)1
2009 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2010 New Zealand Earl Bamber Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2011 New Zealand Mitch Evans Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2012 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2013 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2014 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota Report
2015 Canada Lance Stroll Tatuus FT-50 Toyota Report
2016 United Kingdom Lando Norris Tatuus FT-50 Toyota Report
2017 India Jehan Daruvala Tatuus FT-50 Toyota Report
2018 Netherlands Richard Verschoor Tatuus FT-50 Toyota Report
  • ^1 – The Manfeild Autocourse was renamed the Circuit Chris Amon in late 2016.[5]

Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
3 Australia Jack Brabham 1958, 1960, 1961
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1956, 1959, 1962
New Zealand Craig Baird 1991, 1992, 1993
New Zealand Ken Smith 1976, 1990, 2004
New Zealand Nick Cassidy 2012, 2013, 2014
2 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1965, 1966
New Zealand Chris Amon 1968, 1969
Australia John McCormack 1973, 1974
Finland Keke Rosberg 1977, 1978
United States Ross Cheever 1985, 1986
United States Davy Jones 1984, 1987
New Zealand Simon Wills 1998, 1999
New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 2007, 2009

By constructor

Wins Driver
12 Italy Tatuus
9 Australia Ralt
7 United Kingdom Reynard
5 United Kingdom Cooper
4 United Kingdom Lola
3 Italy Ferrari
United States Swift
United Kingdom Van Diemen
2 Italy Maserati
United Kingdom BRM
United Kingdom McLaren
Australia Elfin
United Kingdom Chevron


  1. ^ Grand Prix a brand
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, Eric (13 February 2016). "Timing and prestige distinguish NZGP". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "High-speed space for sale at Manfeild". MotorSport NZ. MotorSport New Zealand. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ Kilmister, Sam (3 February 2017). "Manfeild: Attend the New Zealand Grand Prix or risk losing it". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ Kilmister, Sam (25 November 2016). "Manfeild track renamed after New Zealand motor racing great Chris Amon video". Retrieved 12 February 2017.

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