Man killed in Christchurch Circuit crash was “much loved and respected racer”
STACY SQUIRES / Tricks
Craig Smith died in an accident at Ruapuna Raceway in Christchurch on Sunday.
A man who died when the car he was in crashed into a wall at high speed on a race track was a “much loved and respected racer”.
Craig Smith was attending a drag racing meeting hosted by the Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club (PBDRC) at the Ruapana Raceway in Templeton, Christchurch, when the crash happened around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Thing understands that Smith died when the vehicle he was in hit a concrete wall.
The incident occurred during the first round of the National Drag Racing Championships.
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Police, ambulance, firefighters and the severe accident police unit were called to the scene. The event was subsequently canceled.
A crumpled blue car remained on the track Sunday afternoon, the area taped up as firefighters and police scanned the area.
A Givealittle page has been set up by the club to support Smith’s family.
The page stated that Smith was a “much loved and respected racer at the PBDRC and by many other members of the New Zealand drag racing community.”
“Craig Smith tragically lost his life in a drag race on Sunday, October 24, 2021”, we read.
“An incredible person who was taken from family and friends far too soon. A much loved son, brother, uncle and friend.
“Widely respected and loved by all who knew him and the entire drag racing family. “
On the club’s Facebook page, a commentator described Smith as “a kind man” who “always had time for his friends, a laugh and a beer.”
Another said he was “a wonderful man caught far too early”.