World Time Attack Challenge
G’day Motorsport Fans! It was another action packed weekend of motorsport activity for me, with both the World Time Attack Challenge and Formula Drift on out at Sydney Motorsport Park. In this blog post I’ll focus on my favourite photos from World Time Attack and I’ll put together separate post for the Formula Drift shots.
World Time Attack Challenge took place over Friday and Saturday at Sydney Motorsport Park. However due to other commitments I was only able to get out to Saturday’s running of the event. I also managed to kill one of my cameras by about lunch time, which wasn’t ideal, but that’s why I always have more than one. Now I just need to try to sell a lot more photos to replace it with a better one. With that said I still managed to snap a considerable number of photos I was happy with. Below are a my favourite shots and a bit of the story of how they came to be.
But before I get into that, I thought I’d also mention that I’ve put together some more photos and some articles covering the World Time Attack for the guys at MyDrive. You can check out that here:
- World Time Attack Hits Sydney – http://mydrivemedia.com.au/world-time-attack-championship-hits-sydney/
- World Time Attack – Friday – http://mydrivemedia.com.au/world-time-attack-competition-starts-friday-session/
- Wolrd Time Attack – Saturday – http://mydrivemedia.com.au/world-time-attack-saturday-final-action/
This first shot is a simple clean shot from the outside of Turn 3. I like this one, as it features last years (and subsequently this years) Time Attack winner Garth Walden and the Tilton Evo at maximum attack. To get maximum aero effect on the car, they run them as low as possible, with the Tilton car scraping on the loaded side of the car. I would have liked to have got another shot from this spot with a slower shutter speed to put more emphasis on the sparks, but with the way these cars are built they only do one fast lap in the session.
The next shot is also from the outside of Turn 3, but this time it’s a clean panning shot of the Scorch Racing S15 driven by Under Suzuki. The Japanese driver was certainly a crowd favourite and it was good to see him get a result after a couple of unsuccessful campaigns in Sydney. I like how shows both the car at speed but you can also clearly see the aero modifications to the car and the drivers helmet clearly through the window.
Another clean and simple panning shot from Turn 3, this time Shane Van Gisbergen. Not content with being just a V8 Supercar Driver this flying Kiwi ran both this Nissan Silvia at World Time Attack and a Holden Commodore in the Formula Drift on his weekend off between the Bathurst and Gold Coast rounds. It’s another shot where you can see the driver clearly in the car, not something you can do in V8 Supercars, and in this instance Van Gisbergen has a hand up in the air for some reason.
This next photo I like, well… just because. It’s definitely are car that gets the kids excited, and I thought my nephew would like to see Lightning McQueen in action and that’s as good enough a reason as any to have it here.
This was the first time I’d seen a KTM Crossbow in action. So I do as I do and snapped a couple of shots, this one I liked in particular. I’ll have to get over to the Race of Champions one year and see some of the worlds best drivers fling these things around a stadium. They look like good fun.
While this isn’t a post about Formula Drift, the drifting guys did to a demo during the lunch time break. Here’s one of my shots from that session again from the outside of Turn 3. Formula Drift would later utilise the Sydney Motorsport South Circuit so this was the only opportunity to get a shot of the drifting on the outside of a long sweeping corner.
These next two shots are of an insane Renault Sport V6 powered Peugeot rally car that was built in New Zealand by Alex Kelsey. Seriously someone needs to give him money to build more! It smoked tyres and popped flames like nothing I’ve seen before. It was great to see and spectacular to photograph. I didn’t make it across the track in time to get onto pit lane to get shots but I did get some great shots from the top end of the circuit.
Mazda had a strong presence at World Time Attack, and their feature car was this Mazdaspeed 767B from their 1989 Le Mans and IMSA campaigns. It was great to see and hear this piece of motorsport history having the Sydney Motorport Park circuit all to itself for a couple of laps. It looked great, it sounded great. I’m going to have to get working on a plan to get over to Le Mans to see the modern prototype cars in full flight, as this car, over 20 years old, was something spectacular.
There was a strong contingent of Nissan Skyline GTR R35’s competing in their own class for the weekend. I particularly like this shot of the HKS R35 heading into Turn 1. Even though it’s a motion shot, you can see the strong crowd lining the fences of the pit complex as well as the great afternoon light coming straight down the main straight.
Another shot from Turn 1, albeit further around the circuit. Here’s one of the Open Class competitors pushing it through the corner. I like this shot as the late afternoon sun lights up the grandstand so you can see all the fans watching on as well.
Another Skyline and some more sparks, this time down the main straight. I wasn’t expecting to see another car sparking on the track, outside of the Pro Class cars, but I noticed this one start to spark so I quickly snapped this shot as he started to turn into Turn 1. I think it turned out quite well with the iconic Sydney Motorsport Park race control complex in the background.
In an effort to put together the fastest possible lap in the final moments of the event, drivers pushed their cars to the absolute limit. This car literally went bang as it completed its final flying lap. I like this as shows how far the cars were pushed to find the quickest possible lap time.
It was a cracking sunset on Saturday evening. I had to get to pitlane to get the celebration shots, but I’m sure other photographers will have got some amazing photos of the cars and the sunset over the back of the circuit. I do like this silhouette shot I took, as I headed back to the pits, of the fans lining the pitlane roof as the watched the Pro Drivers get ready to take to the track for the final time.
It’s always a great experience to be in pitlane as the winner jumps out of their car and celebrates. These next two shots show Garth Walden celebrating with the Tilton crew after setting a new lap record in the the last few seconds of the final shoot out to claim their 2nd World Time Attack Challenge victory in as many years.
This final shot was after the sun had set, I was standing next to the winning Tilton Evo, when I noticed how the garage lights were falling on the engine bay of the car. I managed to snap this shot while the crew were both celebrating but also cooling the car down after it’s final sensational lap.
That’s it for my favourite photos from World Time Attack Challenge. Drivers looking for photos for personal use can purchase my photos from my store here: http://store.vandersyde.com/Sports/Motorsports/WTAC-2014/ . Publications, Sponsors or anyone looking for photos for commercial purposes please get in touch via my contact me page.
The Mad Month of Motorsport continues, with the V8 Supercars on the Gold Coast next weekend. Keep an eye on my social media and blog for more from that.