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Aintree

Aintree was a flat and largely featureless circuit built outside the Grand National racecourse, scene of Britain's greatest horse race.

Country
Britain
Location
Aintree, Merseyside
Co-ordinates
53.476415, -2.950020
Latest Race
First Race

Aintree was a flat and largely featureless circuit built outside the Grand National racecourse, scene of Britain’s greatest horse race. Except for the difficult Melling Crossing, Aintree’s corners were slow and unchallenging. But its spectator facilities, accommodating up to 140,000 people, were unrivalled by other British circuits, and within a year of opening in 1954 Aintree held the British GP. Aintree hosted that race on five occasions before the International circuit was closed in 1964. Stirling Moss starred here, scoring his first Grand Prix win in 1955, and sharing Vanwall’s first championship victory with Tony Brooks two years later. The short circuit remained active until 1982 and has now reopened for sprints and track days.

Grand Prix Circuit

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

3 (Miles)

Change

Direction changed to clockwise for the October 1954 meeting

Fastest Race Lap

Jim Clark (Lotus 25-Climax), 1m55.0, 93.913 mph, F1, 1962

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jim Clark (Lotus 25-Climax), 1m53.6, 95.071 mph, F1, 1962

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3 (Miles)

Change

Direction anticlockwise for the opening meeting in 1954

Fastest Race Lap

Peter Collins (Vanwall Special), 2m12.0, 81.818 mph, Formule Libre, 1954

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Peter Collins (Vanwall Special), 2m05.8, 85.851 mph, Formule Libre, 1954

Club Circuit

1954 - 1982

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.64 (Miles)

Latest Races

3,181

Championships

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15,745

Results

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16,174

Drivers

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9,500

Teams

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866

Circuits

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