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Manfeild renamed in memory of Chris Amon

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

Chris Amon of New Zealand, driver of the #16 March Engineering March 701 Cosworth V8 before the start of the British Grand Prix 18th July 1970 at the Brands Hatch Circuit, Longfield, United Kingdom. © Hulton Archive/Getty Images Chris Amon of New Zealand, driver of the #16 March Engineering March 701 Cosworth V8 before the start of the British Grand Prix 18th July 1970 at the Brands Hatch Circuit, Longfield, United Kingdom. The Manfield motor racing circuit has been renamed to honour New Zealand driving great Chris Amon.

The 43-year-old track near Palmerston North was the home circuit of former Formula One driver Amon, who died in August, aged 73.

It was renamed Manfeild: Circuit Chris Amon at a ceremony attended by Amon's family.

"We are extremely honoured Manfeild is recognising Chris in this way," Amon's wife Tish said.

"He would be humbled the circuit is to carry his name. Chris was passionate about the ongoing development of Manfeild and it becoming the home of the New Zealand Grand Prix."

Amon contested nearly 100 F1 Grands Prix in a 14-year career through the 1960s and 70s.

He is rated among the finest drivers not to win a Grand Prix race.

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