Roy Hesketh Circuit, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Type: Road Course
1.803 Miles  //  2.902 km
December 1953 to November 1981

This circuit, located on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in Natal was named after South African driver Roy Hesketh. During its period of operation it hosted rounds of the South African Drivers Championship, the Springbok sportcar series and national Formula Atlantic races. The circuit was also like a second home to Mike Hailwood. The track was famous for hosting the Easter races as well - a festival of racing over three days.

The expansion of the town of Pietermaritzburg eventually led to the redevelopment of the site as a residential and business zone after racing ceased at the end of 1981. The section from Henry's Knee to the top of Beacon still exists, and is undergoing protection from further development as an important piece of Pietermaritzburg's history.

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Aerial photographs of the circuit

Giacomo Agostini in 2nd
Giacomo Agostini in 2nd

F1 1st corner
F1 - 1st Corner

Basil van Rooyen in Quarry
Basil van Rooyan in Quarry

Mike Hailwood on Beacon
Mike Hailwood on Beacon


Photographs ŠPaul Minnaar. Reproduced here with kind permission