Ed Fahey

Adventures – Saloon,Sportscar/GT racing

Photos of the year 2010 Part 1 – Island Hopping

Posted by Ed Fahey on December 28, 2010

2010, a year of changes, development and adventure, both home and away, and Part 1 of 2 of my personal photos of the year and the stories that accompany them along with the basic shooting data. Some are photos I like, some are ones others like and some were just lucky shots that worked, and there are plenty of others that I just couldnt fit in! For Part 1 its the pick of the photos I took in Ireland and the UK, during ITCC, FIA GT1 / FIA GT3 rounds and Rallycross

ITCC Round 1 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/1000, F4.5,  ISO250

Tomas O’Sullivan leaps from third place on the grid to lead ITCC Rd1 going into Honda corner.

The official beginning of the biggest series in Irish circuit racing in 2010 – The Irish Touring Car Championship. What began as a desire from several Time Attack competitors and racing drivers to bring a proper saloon racing class back to Mondello quickly developed into the only over subscribed class of 2010 – an outstanding acheivement given Ireland is still in the grip of the most crippling recession the country has ever seen. The racing was close and exciting and although there were only 2 different overall winners during the season it didnt matter given the amount of battles down through the field the entertainment was everywhere and not just at the front.

ITCC Round 2 –  Kirkistown,Northern Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/500, F6.3,  ISO200

Martin Tracey rides the kerbs at the Chicane on his way to winning Round 2 of the ITCC.

At the front of the pack, the ITCC was all about one man in 2010 – Martin Tracey in his stunning black Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, with 1980’s BTCC parentage, taking 7 wins out of 8, but he nearly didnt win at Round 2 as he was pushed all the way by Brian Sexton with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 and only running low on fuel stopped Brian taking round 2 after the duel of the year

ITCC Round 2 – Kirkistown,Northern Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/640, F5.6,  ISO200

Brian Sexton gets away with murder at Colonial during lap 1 of Round 2 of the ITCC.

Martin Tracey won this round but he was pushed almost the entire way by Brian Sexton, Brian qualified on pole position and almost threw it away totally at Colonial which is the first slow down point at Kirkistown, only the Evos 4wd saving him!

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 2, Silverstone, England; Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 F2.8,1/200, F2.8,ISO200

Corvette C6R being warmed up ahead of the qualifying race, this photo does nothing for the V8 noise!

I got the chance to photograph the FIA GT series twice during 2010, but it was almost only one oppurtunity as the Icelandic volcanic mountain Eyjafjallajökull spewed hot ash into Europes airspace grounding flights as a result,almost affecting not only my trip there, but also the teams!

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 2, Silverstone, England; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/200, F6.3,ISO400

Italian V12’s into the Arena.

The weekend saw the debut of the new Silverstone ‘Arena’ GP layout which combines parts of the ‘National’ circuit into the GP layout, although sadly my favourite part of Silverstone, Bridge is lost. At least some good photo oppurtunites are given with the new section though, they will be even better when the development work is complete, as at the time I was there ‘building site’ would be the best description to give

FIA GT3 European Championship Round 1, Silverstone, England Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/1000, F2.8,ISO200

A GT3 battle on the Wellington straight, Gallardo vs Corvette

The weekend also saw the opening rounds of the excellent GT3 European championship, with almost ITCC levels of racing/overtaking going on, except with far more expensive GT cars instead of saloons. Always a joy to watch and photograph

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 2, Silverstone, England – Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8, 1/160, F8,ISO320

Sunday morning warmup, Maserati MC12’s through the spray at Luffield

With the short, 1 hour races and only 2 per weekend, you have to take every session in to maximise your photo oppurtunites, even if it means shooting in poor weather, but as long as my camera and I are well sealed against the water I enjoy shooting in the rain, throws a new perspective onto things

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 2, Silverstone, England – Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8. 1/200, F6.3,ISO400

Darren Turner/Tomas Enge lead Race 2 on their way to victory – which was short lived due to post race disqualification for a breach in ride height/skid plank regulations.

I like flame shots, it took a while to get this one, but it was worth it! Again shooting in the Arena section of Silverstone. As regular readers will know, some flame shots are easier to acheive!

FIA GT1 World Championship Round 2, Silverstone, England – Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8. 1/640, F8,ISO250

Raging Bull – Lamborghini Murcielago in the Arena section

Sometimes photos just work, whether its the angle of the shot, the composition, or in this case the use of lighting. The sun just broke through the clouds enough to light up the Lambo quite nicely. I dont mind that the shutter speed could have been much lower in this case.

ITCC Round 4 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/400, F2.8,ISO200

Chain Reaction – one mistake from the yellow Integra leads to calamity

Sometimes things happen without you realising they are happening until its too late, mostly when accidents occur, this was the beginning of a 4 car mini pileup

ITCC Round 4 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/400, F2.8,ISO200

Side by Side by Side

The diversity of the ITCC is shown with 3 abreast racing into Turn 1 of Mondello, just a well timed shot that might aswell be a posed shot

ITCC Round 5 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/320, F4,ISO200

Pulling away – Martin Tracey after taking the lead of ITCC Round 5 strides away to victory, lapping a good proportion of the field in the process

Like your own eyes, D-SLR cameras dont like looking directly into a cars headlights and cameras will compensate this leading to very dark photos, unless you know you way around the camera, in which case YOU decide what your doing rather than what the camera wants to do!

ITCC Round 6 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/160, F10,ISO200

Abandon Ship – Brian Moore makes a quick exit as his Impreza flames up at ITCC Round 6

Motorsport photography is about luck as much as it is about skill. You often see incidents occuring in the distance or see the aftermath, but occasionally it happens right infront of you…

ITCC Round 7 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/400, F5.6,ISO200

Fast and Furious – Stephen Maher ahead of Tom Fahy in a fairly intense battle through Turns 7a/b at Mondello Park

Another diverse ITCC race and one that sums up the close yet diverse nature of the series

Irish Rallycross Championship Round 4 – Mondello Park, Ireland; Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 F2.8;  1/200, F4.5,ISO250

Opposite Lock – Andy Scott puts down the power exiting Rallycross 1 kicking up the dirt in the process.

As winter arrives the sun is lower, giving you a new angle on photos, provided the sun is behind and not infront of you!

And so ends part 1 of my 2010 review. Part 2 to follow with some proper long distance material.

Ed Fahey – December 2010

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