Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb will return to the British motorsport calendar once again in 2019 and organisers of the event have revealed a new look to the Newquay based event on September 14/15.
Jointly organised by Newquay Auto Club, Plymouth Motor Club and Truro and District Motor Club, it was the first hillclimb to take place since the passing of a Parliamentary law enabled timed motorsport events to take place on closed public roads.
In September, the motorsport extravaganza will return once again with some exciting changes promised by the organising team. Thanks to approval from Motorsport UK, the governing body for the sport in the country, the challenging course will wind its way for 850 metres along the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay, an extension of 130 metres from its original length.
In addition to the added distance to the course, spectators will be able to get a better view of the action thanks to a change in the location of the paddock and trade areas. After feedback from 2018, motorsport fans will be able to see much more of the hill and have full access to the paddock after the move to a clifftop location.
Inaugural Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb was a huge success in 2018
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From almost standard road cars, to fully modified racers, a dynamic range of cars are set to flock to the region. Last year, there was success for local crews on both days with Tavistock’s Doug Bennett taking the opening fastest time on the Saturday event in his powerful Sylva Striker kit-car, whilst Chard-based Stewart Lillington took his Radical SR4 kit-car, to the quickest run on Sunday.
The event will also be the figurehead of Cornwall Motorsport Month which takes place throughout September. The county has a rich heritage of motorsport activities taking place throughout the year which can often be overlooked thanks to being a popular destination for tourists and surfers in the busy summer months. The campaign is supported by Motorsport UK and Visit Cornwall and has been created to highlight the region as a prime destination for both tourism and motorsport.
The inaugural running of the Watergate Bay Hillclimb took place in 2018 and was dubbed a huge success after attracting a capacity entry and raising over £6,000 for the local charities Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Food Foundation. It will continue to donate its profits to both charities in 2019.
Local business have also pledged their support for the second running of the Hillclimb with the prestigious Watergate Bay Hotel one of the first sponsors to return after year one. The Hotel is nestled in the heart of Watergate Bay and overlooks the start line, which led the establishment to offer its valuable car park and function rooms to the event.
Quintrell Downs-based Celtic Tuning will become a sponsor for the first time, joining Cowling Plant Hire, Mid Cornwall Self Storage, The Colourworx, WAX, Toniq and Penmellyn Vets who all return for a second year.
Event Organiser Dave Brenton is excited to see the Hillclimb return in 2019.
“We were delighted to be the flagship event for motorsport in the UK during 2018, being the first Hillclimb to take advantage of the new laws and despite having to work from a clean sheet, it was a great success,” he says.
“Now, we can take everything that we learnt from last year and package it even better for both competitors and spectators, offering a spectacular weekend of motorsport in one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. We are working hard to bring together the Cornwall Motorsport Month and the Hillclimb to once again put Cornwall well and truly on the map as a destination for both motorsport and tourism. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in Cornwall in September”.
Regulations for the second running of the Hillclimb will be released on July 15th at 8pm, along with the online entry system.
More information on the event can be found at www.watergatebayhillclimb.co.uk
More information on Cornwall Motorsport Month can be found at www.cornwallmotorsportmonth.com
Organisers of the ground-breaking Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb in Cornwall can confirm that the motorsport weekend will become an annual event and take place for a second time on 14th/15th September 2019.
After a successful first event, promoters Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club are also looking at making changes to the hill to offer a greater challenge for competitors and better viewing for fans throughout the course.
Plans are well underway to re-create the weekend and make it bigger and better than last September’s offering. The inaugural event saw 90 drivers each day compete along the 720-metre course which winds its way along the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay.
Sanctioned by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) which governs the sport in the UK, the event marked the first hillclimb to take place on a closed public road since the passing of legislation in Parliament in 2017 which enabled the suspension of the Road Traffic Act for motorsport.
Thousands of spectators and motorsport fans flocked to the seaside resort from all over the country during the weekend, which enabled the event to donate its profits to its designated charities, Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Food Foundation.
The brainchild of Truro and District Motor Club Competition Secretary Dave Brenton, Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb was a culmination of over five years of planning and he is delighted to be able to announce a date for 2019.
“It’s very exciting to be able to formally announce a date for 2019 and the return of the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb” he says.
“The entire committee worked tirelessly to ensure the debut event was a success and I was so very proud that we managed to do that considering it was the first event of its kind in the country. We learnt very fast and that means we can now take our experiences into next year and make it bigger and better than before”.
Brenton has listened to all the feedback from competitors and spectators in September and is working on some significant changes for the second event.
“Of course, we knew there would be things that needed adapting and altering going forwards, that’s was always the intention for our first one. We now have some exciting new plans in the pipeline for competitors and spectators alike. There is a lot of work to do but if it comes off, we are sure that it will be a popular addition for all. We hope that announcing the date early gives people time to plan their diaries for next year and we look forward to seeing everyone on the North Cornwall coast in September 2019”.