New F1 simulator at Pier

  • 29 May, 2021
  • On the pier


Motor racing fans will be wanting to make a pit stop at Clacton Pier to
get behind the wheel of a new pop-up attraction.

The seaside landmark has struck a deal to host the exciting Mercedes
Benz Formula One simulator over the Whitsun holiday.

It provides the chance to take part in a fantastic immersive experience featuring
seven times World Champion Lewis Hamilton at the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
in Spain.

It couples the latest in motion simulation technology with real telemetry
and footage from Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 testing sessions.

The simulator is open 11am to 8pm every day from today through to Sunday
June 6 at a cost of £5. No pre-booking is required.

Pier Director Billy Ball said that he is sure that it will prove a popular
attraction for all ages.

“The kids will love it, but I think it is also something which will also
attract the dads and mums as well,” he said. “It is a unique opportunity to be
taken round the track by none other than Lewis Hamilton – who wouldn’t want to
experience that.

“We were offered the simulator for nine days over Whitsun at the last
minute and jumped at the chance. We are delighted to be working alongside major
quality brands such as Mercedes Benz.”

The ride will be sited at the front of the Pier, on the area set aside
for a new observation wheel.

Mr Ball said he is waiting for planning permission from Tendring
District Council to put up the wheel and hopes to be given a decision within
the next week or so.

“We are trying to up our offer in what is our 150th birthday year
and these new attractions, including the Looping Star roller coaster, are all
part of those celebrations,” he added.

All the Pier’s outdoor and indoor attractions are open. A reduced capacity
and cleaning procedures are being carried out in line with current Government


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