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Aintree Motor Racing Circuit
Location Aintree, Merseyside, England
Active from 1954 - 1964 (Grand Prix full circuit only)
Major events British Grand Prix
Grand Prix de Europe
Surface N/A
Length 3.000 mi (4.828 km)
Turns 8
Lap record 1:55.0 (Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark, Lotus 25 Climax, 1962, Formula One)

Aintree Motor Racing Circuit is a 3-mile (4.83 km) motor racing circuit in the village of Aintree, Merseyside, England. The circuit is located within the famous Aintree Racecourse and used the same grandstands as horse racing. Built in 1954 as the "Goodwood of the North", hence the fact the two venues had so many things in common.

The circuit has hosted the Formula One British Grand Prix five times, in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962.

In addition to the Grand Prix, the circuit also held 11 non-championship Formula 1 races, known as the Aintree 200, first won by Stirling Moss in 1954 with the last winner being Jack Brabham, in April 1964. Aintree was the location for the famous race in 1955 in which Stirling Moss won his first British Grand Prix, driving a Mercedes. Two years later, he and Tony Brooks (sharing the Vanwall) became the first British drivers to win both the British Grand Prix and a round of the Formula 1 World Championship, whilst driving a British car, a Vanwall. The 1957 Grand Prix also took the title of Grand Prix de Europe and was the premier Formula 1 event of the season, attracting 150 000 spectators.

The full Grand Prix circuit was last raced on in 1964, but part of it (the 1.5 miles (2.41 km) Club Circuit) is still open and was used for racing until the early 1980s, having been maintained and operated by the Aintree Circuit Club [1] from the mid 1960s to the late 1990s. A limited amount of motor sport continues today in the form of car sprints, track days and motorcycle racing on the Club Circuit.

The Motorsport events are organised by Aintree Motor Cycle Racing Club [2], who run 6 events at Aintree each year.

The Liverpool Motor Club [3] organise three sprints, in April, June and September and two trackdays in May and October on the club circuit. Nick Algar set a new course record of 35.82 secs. on the 1847 metre sprint course on the 26th of June 2010 in a Gould GR55 3500cc, the same car that the previous course record holder Roy Dawson used to set a time of 36.03 secs on the 8th of September 2007. Nick Algar's speed through the finish line speed trap was 172 mph, although he did manage a speed of 176 mph on an earlier timed run.

In addition, the Club Circuit sees occasional use by visiting events such as the Greenpower Electric Car Races for Schools [4], and also bicycle racing.

Spectators are welcome at all of Aintree's Motorsport events; access is from Melling Road, Aintree.

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