Watergate ready to headline Cornwall Motorsport Month


Watergate Bay Speed Hill Climb takes place this weekend (14/15 September) as the headline event of Cornwall Motorsport Month.

The closed-road motorsport event will see around 100 cars and drivers tackling a stretch of the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay against the clock.

The event was a ground-breaking feature in the motorsport calendar in 2018 as it became the first speed hill climb in the UK to take advantage of the passing of a Parliament law which allows public roads to be closed for timed motorsport events. It returns once again this year, bigger and better than ever, with a longer course set to challenge the drivers.

The motorsport extravaganza has once again attracted a capacity entry with a huge range of cars from across the UK heading to the North Cornwall coast to tackle the hill, which now sits at 850-metres long. Each will be either aiming to secure the new hill record or take the hotly contested class honours.

Spectators will be well catered for during the weekend with trade displays, car clubs and access to the paddock to get up close and personal to the drivers and cars. Viewing opportunities for fans have also been improved along the hill, offering some great views of the cars in action.

The hill climb will start from 9am on each day, entry to the event will cost £10 per adult. The spectator car park can be accessed by travelling along the B3276 from Newquay towards Watergate Bay.

Deputy Event Director Dave Brenton is looking forward to the second running of the event.

“Although it’s the second running of the hill climb, it’s still been almost a year in the planning to get it this far, so we are of course delighted to receive another top-quality entry.” he said.

“The organisers are very proud that the hill climb is the flagship event in Cornwall Motorsport Month. Cornwall is a fantastic place for motorsport as well as surfing and holidays" he continues. "It helps to bring motorsport to the people that may not usually get to enjoy the sport in the county. We look forward to seeing all motorsport fans this weekend.”

Cornwall Motorsport Month runs until Sunday 6 October and celebrates the best of Cornish motorsport with events such as off-road trials, kart meetings, Autotests, talks and Motorcycle Trials. The initiative, backed by Ginsters, officially launched at Cornwall Motorfest in Crantock. For more information on the month-long celebration of motorsport, visit www.cornwallmotorsportmonth.com. The hill climb is the main event in Cornwall Motorsport Month.

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