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Christchurch Gears Up for Adrenaline-Packed Weekend


 The drought is over for mainland motorsports fans this weekend as the inaugural Christchurch Super Sprint debuts at Euromarque Raceway Friday to Sunday. Alongside the six race events, drivers and their vehicles will make appearances across the city in a flood of community-focussed activity. 


“It’s both an honour and a privilege to hold our first Ōtautahi Christchurch race meet this week and bring our NZ Championship to Euromarque Raceway for the city’s first ever Super Sprint series. Motorsport has an incredibly rich history in Christchurch over the past century and the legacy of racing endures long after the weekend event. We’re overwhelmingly proud to bring the new generation F1 hopefuls and the first ever trans-Tasman V8 TA2 Muscle Car challenge that Cantabrians won’t have witnessed here before,” says Brendon White, Super Sprint NZ Director. 


That rich history and legacy extends right back to February 26th, 1949 when the first race, originally known as the New Zealand Championship Road Race, was held on the old Airforce base racetrack. Sir Henry Wigram was a successful businessman and prominent figure making significant contributions to aviation and car racing history, playing a key role in the establishment of the Wigram Aerodrome later becoming the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base and used to hold the Lady Wigram trophy race after its name change in 1951. The Lady Wigram trophy has been won by some of the most famous names in motorsport — Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren to name a few. 


Honouring the race’s return to Christchurch, a memorial lap of the airbase will take place Thursday 8th alongside the commemorative tree planting at the Lady Wigram Retirement village where a number of its senior residents recall the early races including Noel Finch, who lived in the barracks in 1949 while training for the airforce and attended the first ever race. 


“Sport plays a significant role in the identity, history, and future of greater Christchurch. It unites people, allowing them to enjoy shared passions and fostering community connections. Events like Super Sprint contribute to our city’s diverse world-class sports offerings,” says Amy Carter, Chief Executive of the Christchurch Foundation.


“The Christchurch Foundation praises Super Sprint’s commitment to forward-thinking initiatives related to community and the environment. Together, we look forward to creating exciting opportunities for our residents and our city,” concludes Carter. 


After the tree planting, Ngai Tūāhuriri extends our warm welcome to the drivers Thursday morning at Tuahiwi Marae, followed by visits to Waitakiri Primary and Templeton Primary Schools.


The public get their chance Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, when a dozen cars and drivers will host a Meet & Greet on Oxford Terrace outside Te Pae where punters have an opportunity to get face-to-face with the drivers, and hands-on with the vehicles before the race fixtures kick off Friday.


At 6:45pm there will be the unveiling of a world first motorsport project – born and developed through Christchurch business technology and innovation. 

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