Photo Gallery: Australian Grand Prix – 2020

Photo Gallery: Australian Grand Prix – 2020

Photo Gallery: Australian Grand Prix – 2020

This is not the blog post that I was expecting to write about the Australian Grand Prix, that’s for sure.

If I’m being honest, I’m not really sure I can truly and properly convey the feeling and the course of events leading up to the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix from my perspective. But I’ll give it a crack!

Wednesday and Thursday at the track were almost normal, sure there was some speculation about what would happen on the F1 side of things in light of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 thing but for the rest of us, it was business as usual. Obviously there were a few extra precautions taken by all involved just in case, but nothing super outrageous.

Finished up Thursday at the track, went back to the hotel finished up editing the day’s photos for my customers and went to bed.

Then Friday happened. With my work with Auto Action (keeping their website up to date), the first thing I do in the morning is get up and check the latest motorsport news anyway. Obviously the big news overnight had been that McLaren had withdrawn from the event after a positive test for COVID-19 with one of their staff members. That raised some concerns that the F1 side of things wouldn’t go ahead, but I assumed that at least for Friday that things from the support categories side would go ahead as per normal, at least for the day so I went to track as scheduled.

Got to the track and there was a weird vibe as soon as I got there. All the media rocked up and we all speculated about what would unfold. It seemed pretty unanimous from our point of view that the F1 wouldn’t go ahead, as for the rest of the event nobody seemed too sure. It was a completely unprecedented situation we had all found ourselves in.

As we got closer and closer to the on-track commencing, there was an eery silence. Obviously fans hadn’t been let in but there was also just a lot of uncertainty amongst the people who were inside the circuit precinct. However without confirmation, either way, we all proceeded as if things were going ahead as scheduled. For me, that meant heading down to Turn 1 to get some race start shots for the first couple of categories.

Standing at Turn 1 with a couple of other photographers, empty grandstands, but with the faint rumble of engines warming up in the distance it seemed like things might go ahead albeit without fans. However, as the time came and went for each of the categories to take to the track it seemed less likely we were going to see any on-track action for the day.

The confirmation for us that the event wouldn’t run came when the flag marshalls started to pack up and leave, and just like that it was all over… So that’s when I headed back to the media center to pack up myself which is when the official announcement came through.

I’ve experienced a few things in my lifetime (stories for another day) but nothing like what happened at the Australian Grand Prix. Inside the circuit was a really deflated feeling, walking through areas that should have had thousands of people and there weren’t. Only the odd person who was supposed to be working trying to figure out what was going on an how they needed to proceed. But outside the circuit life was normal again. It was all just a bit odd.

So, yeah. That’s was my Australian Grand Prix experience. All in all, it was just a weird experience and I can’t image I’ll ever see anything like that again. Anyway, here’s a couple of my favourites from the photos that I did take during what did happen of the event. Enjoy.

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Photo Gallery: Australian Production Car Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park

Photo Gallery: Australian Production Car Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park

Photo Gallery: Australian Production Car Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park

It’s been a little while since I’d been out to Sydney Motorsport Park, so I decided to make an appearance for the Australian Production Car Nationals.

While not technically a Shannons Nationals round… Wait, no its the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships now, isn’t it?… Anyway, most of the categories on the program do feature on the SMAC? Shannons? whatever, we’ll work that out they officially start in a couple of weeks, program. So it was a good opportunity to get chat a few people and get the lay of the land for the upcoming season.

Also being an endurance race heavy program it was a good opportunity to test out a couple of ideas that I’ve had in mind recently to see firstly if they looked good, but also work out how I could implement them into my repertoire for programs with shorter sessions.

Often I’ll opt for a couple of safer options and angles in short 20 minute sessions rather than taking low percentage shots, but it’s the low percentage ones that have the most wow factor. So this event was a good one to test those things out and see how often I actually did get the shot. Always test and try new things.

Anyway, here’s a couple of shots I picked out at random from the Australian Production Car Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park. As always if you are looking for photos at any event on this year’s TCR Australia/Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships calendar, or would like to chat about other events this year, be sure to get in touch.

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Photo Gallery: TCR Australia Pre-Season Test – 2020

Photo Gallery: TCR Australia Pre-Season Test – 2020

Photo Gallery: TCR Australia Pre-Season Test – 2020

There is nothing quite like visiting three different race tracks in the span of a week to let you know season 2020 is underway!

Following on from the SuperTest at The Bend and the Adelaide 500 I dropped into Winton Raceway for the official TCR Australia pre-season test day.

It was great to see some both some familiar and fresh faces getting ready for the second season of TCR racing here in Australia. It was good to get out to the test day and get the lay of the land for this year.

The trip to Winton also gave me an opportunity to have a look at the revisions to the Winton layout, particularly the kerbs at turns three and four. It should make for some interesting racing, but more importantly for me, it changes the lines around that section of the track which should create some interesting photos. Watch this space once racing commences.

As for the test day, a few of the cars had their new liveries for 2020 so I did spend a little more time trackside that I did during the Supercars test. But, much like that other test, I spent plenty of time wandering up and down the pits make sure I did get plenty of drivers headshots so that we could cover any news that came up in the lead up to the Asia Pacific Cup event at the Australia Grand Prix in a couple of weeks before the official first round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

I’ve assembled a small selection of some of my favourite photos from both the TCR Australia pre-season test at Winton Raceway. As always if you are looking for photos at any event on this year’s TCR Australia/Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships calendar, or would like to chat about other events this year, be sure to get in touch.

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Photo Gallery: Supercars Adelaide 500 – 2020

Photo Gallery: Supercars Adelaide 500 – 2020

Photo Gallery: Supercars Adelaide 500 – 2020

So the first week of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for 2020 was intense.

Everyone in the Supercars circus went straight from Tuesday’s SuperTest at The Bend Motorsport Park to the Adelaide Parklands on Wednesday to set up for the season-opening Superloop Adelaide 500.

It turned out to be quite a big week. Although, thankfully, Adelaide didn’t turn on its usual scorching hot summer days this year which made things a little bit easier.

If I’m being honest, we were a little short on customers this year in Adelaide. That’s no shortcoming of our own, grid sizes were down and based on the conversations we’d had with several people in both the lead up to and during the Adelaide 500, it’s been tougher than usual trying to raise sponsorship this year.

I think a lot of that has to do with the recent devastating bushfires and floods in Australia. A lot of the “spare money” that would usually be directed towards sponsorships has been instead used, rightly, to donate to fundraising efforts for those causes instead.

That said we did see several last-minute deals come together for a couple of our usual customers, which was great to see. Hopefully, the market will continue to improve to make it a little easier for our customers planning on racing in series’s are yet to start to lock their sponsors for this year.

With that all said, here’s a couple of my favourite photos from the Adelaide 500. As always if you are looking for photos at any event on this years Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar, or would like to chat about other events this year, be sure to get in touch.

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Photo Gallery: Supercars The Bend SuperTest – 2020

Photo Gallery: Supercars The Bend SuperTest – 2020

Photo Gallery: Supercars The Bend SuperTest – 2020

The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars season has arrived!

Feburary was a busy month to kick off season 2020 with things officially getting underway at the Supercars season launch in Sydney.

Campbell’s Cove in Circular Quay made for an idealic location to show off the newly revamped Team Sydney and it was a fantastic opportunity to get capture some unique images for Supercars with the iconic Sydney Harbour in the background.

Without sharing all the photos from the Supercars launch,  there wasn’t going to be enough shots for that event to have it’s own blog post, so I’ve included a few here.

Then it was off to The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia for the official preseason SuperTest. It’s always great to see all the offseason changes in the flesh. Particularly after seeing all the press releases come through to re-work and post on Auto Action’s website, that kept me extremely busy in the week leading up to Adelaide.

New teams, new partnerships, new sponsor, new colours… There is plenty going on at the start of a new season.

For the test day, I spent the majority of the day wandering up and down the pits trying to get candid headshots. With the Adelaide 500 commencing just two days after the test, there wasn’t a lot of use for trackside photos beyond news about the test day, so I focused my attention on getting those shots that would have a little more longevity.

I did do a couple of short stints trackside getting action shots, and I thought about a spending a bit of time trying to get some funky arty type shots just for fun at the end of the day, but by that stage Tailem Bend’s infamous gale force winds had kicked up and that’s always a challenge to create interesting panning shots.

Anyway, here’s a couple of my favourite photos from both the Supercars season launch in Sydney and the SuperTest at The Bend Motorsport Park. As always if you are looking for photos at any event on this years Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar, or would like to chat about other events this year, be sure to get in touch.

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Photo Gallery: Bathurst 12 Hour – 2020

Photo Gallery: Bathurst 12 Hour – 2020

Photo Gallery: Bathurst 12 Hour – 2020

If this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour had a theme, it would have been kangaroos and carnage.

But did I personally happen to get photos of either the kangaroos or the carnage? Well, ah… No. And that’s why I always make sure to put together a good team to cover the on-track action so we (as in InSyde Media) don’t miss it. I definitely put Nath in the firing line at Mt Panorama to get all the good action shots this year.

Each year the Bathurst 12 Hour gets a little bit bigger. The intensity in the outright competition once again stepped up and those crashes, particularly in qualifying, showing just how hard all the teams were pushing this year. Taking a win at Mt Panorama is serious business for these GT3 teams.

The conditions were brutal too… Proper hot! Sitting at the top of the mountain at 5am on race day and it was already 27 degrees. At least the region got a much-needed rainstorm as the chequered flag dropped at the end of the race.

It was also great to see so many of our customers feature on the podium, particularly the class podiums, at the end of a long hard gruelling day. And while not a customer, it was fantastic to see the Bentley boys finally get a win at Mt Panorama after coming close so many times. The outpouring of emotion from the crew shows just how much this race means to the international teams.

With that all said and done, here’s a couple of my personal favourite photos from Mt Panorama. As always if you are looking for photos from Bathurst 12 Hour, would like to chat about further events this year or anything else to help you prepare for the 2020 motorsport season, be sure to get in touch.

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