Timaru International Motor Raceway
|Location||Timaru, New Zealand|
|Time zone||GMT +12|
|Owner||South Canterbury Car Club|
NZ V8's Development Series
NZ V8 Utes
|Length||2.4 km (1.49 mi)|
|Lap record||0:56.26 (Greg Murphy, Formula Holden, 1995)|
Timaru International Motor Raceway is a motor racing circuit situated about 10 minutes or 8 kilometres (4.97 mi) outside of Timaru, New Zealand. The circuit is accessible from either the Main South Highway or Timaru-Pleasant Point Highway. It is often called Levels because of its previous name Levels Raceway. The Timaru International Motor Raceway holds some of the major sporting events on New Zealand's motorsport calendar.
Before Timaru International Motor Raceway was born there was The South Canterbury Car Club Inc, which was formed in 1947 and were only running hillclimbs and paddock events at the time. The club progressed from this to running the Waimate 50 Street Race on the streets of Waimate until 1966. In 1967 a street event was run in Timaru in the Craigie Avenue area. Land was then purchased at Falvey Road and a permanent 1.6 km circuit built, the first event held there was in November that year. The club continued to develop the venue running club and National Championship racing.
In 1988 the circuit length was increased and develop to the international FIA category 3 standard that it is today, allows the South Canterbury Car Club to run international events as well as National Championships including the NZ V8 Touring Cars and Super Truck Racing. One of the events of Southern Festival of Speed, Bruce Pigeon Memorial, was held on 9 February to 10 February 2008.
The 2.4 km car racing track's surface is hard on tyres and brakes because it is a chip tarmac. It has a mixture of tight "first and second" gear and fast flowing corners. It is rated FIA grade 3.
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