The B3276 coast road between Newquay and Padstow will echo to the sound of race car engines this weekend as the impressive Watergate Bay Sprint [17/18 September] makes a welcome return to the North Cornwall coast.
The unique motorsport event, held near Watergate Bay will see an impressive array of cars and drivers from across the UK head for the popular closed-road offering, racing against the clock in a variety of machinery in a bid to take class honours or the coveted Fastest Time of the Day Award.
The bumper entry list of around 110 cars each day boasts everything from standard road cars to full-blown race cars as competitors take part in the now annual event which is organised and promoted by a partnership between Truro and District Motor Club, Plymouth Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Camel Vale Motor Club.
Once again, local charities will benefit from the weekend’s activities, as profits will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Watergate Bay Surf Lifesaving Club with £27,000 already being donated to good causes since the inaugural event in 2018.
Running as a Hillclimb in 2018 and starting from Watergate Bay itself, the event was the first closed-road motorsport event to take advantage of the passing of parliamentary law in England, which enabled roads to close for competitive motorsport.
It would then switch to a Sprint in 2021, starting on the Newquay side of the B3276 at Trevelgue with cars tackling the road towards Watergate Bay offering a fast and flowing section mixed with a technical element that includes a tight ‘90-left’ turn before powering towards the finish.
In 2022, the course will see an extension to 900 metres, offering a new challenge to those returning for a second year and an exciting target for competitors making their debut at the venue.
Crowds flocked to the venue last September and organisers have once again ensured a superb viewing location, with access to the paddock included to enable fans to get up close to the cars and drivers.
A substantial trade display area offers plenty to see and do during the weekend discounted advanced tickets are available until Thursday 15th September at 11.45 pm. They cost £10 per day for adults saving up to £4 on the weekend gate price with those under fourteen going free. Tickets will still be available at the gate.
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The action will start from 9.30 am on each day and the spectator car park must be accessed by travelling along the B3276 from the Newquay Airport side – Watergate Bay. Car parking is available at a discounted rate of just £3.50 per day [cash only].
Road closure times are 06:00 to 18:00 on the 17th and 18th September.
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