Hillclimb motor racing event back in Newquay but in sprint

Watergate Bay Speed ​​Hillclimb will return in 2021 but with a different format (Image: 569 Motorsport Media)

A unique hill climb which had to be canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic is preparing its return to Cornwall – albeit in a different format.

Watergate Bay Speed ​​Hillclimb organizers have said the event will be revamped in 2021, relaunching as Watergate Sprint.

Scheduled to take place on September 18 and 19, the closed road event will see a new look for 2021 as it changes from the previous hill climb format to use a different section of the B3276 coastal road between Padstow and Newquay in Cornwall.

Event director Roger Hargreaves said that with construction work planned in Watergate Bay even in September, the lack of a suitable start and parking lot at the base of the course has meant that the traditional race format coast could not take place as planned. .

However Truro and District Motor Club, Plymouth Motor Club and Newquay Auto Club who are behind the event have decided on an alternative race instead, a Watergate Sprint which will see the coastal road surrounding the traditional Boardmasters venue accommodate around 100 cars and competitors tackling the new time trial course.

Watergate Bay Speed ​​Hillclimb will return in 2021 but with a different format (Image: 569 Motorsport Media)

Mr Hargreaves said: “Of course we are disappointed that we will not be able to run the Watergate Bay Speed ​​​​Hillclimb again, especially as we have been forced to cancel in 2020 due to Covid-19 .

“We have put a lot of energy into bringing this event to Cornwall over the years, it means a lot to the community and the sport in the region.

“Although it was a blow to find out that the hill climb might not take place, we were eager to find an alternative and believe we have imagined an event that offers something for everyone and are very happy to share our plans for September.”

First staged in 2018, the Newquay-based event became the first hill climb in the country to take advantage of new legislation allowing public roads to be closed for motorsport.

Attracting an exceptional entry of over 100 drivers each year, the event has attracted interest from motoring fans and competitors across the UK, drawing many enthusiasts to the region as the traditional tourist season comes to an end. in the county. He has also raised over £11,000 for Cornish charities.

The new format race will start on the Newquay side of the B3276 coast road, at Trevelgue and the cars will tackle the 820m sprint towards Watergate Bay, with a fast and flowing section of road mixed with a technical element including a tight 90- left turn before the finish.

The paddock, trade and exhibition area and spectator viewing area will all be situated together, providing the perfect motorsport weekend.

Mr Hargreaves added: “In fact we will run the event in exactly the same way as we staged the hill climb but without the ‘hill’ element and therefore by definition we have to call it a sprint. .

“We will return to the more traditional hill climb format in 2022, but for this year we are confident that it offers a great challenge for competitors as well as good viewing for spectators. This means we can continue to be one of the biggest motorsport events in the South West.

“We would like to thank all of our supporters and funders for their confidence in the event and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Cornwall in September.”

Watergate Sprint will again raise funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance and Watergate Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

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