2013 Le Mans 24 Hrs (Jun 22, The Esses to Virage Porsche)

After shooting the start of the race at The Esses, I packed up my gear and headed for the “long” walk to Virage Porsche (Porsche Curves). Hope you like the photos.The distance between The Esses and Virage Porsche is not very long (about 3 km or 2 mi), but what makes the walk “long” are the crowds of people you have to get through, especially around the Grandstand areas. Alternatively, I could have walked to Dunlop Bridge, taken Shuttle Line 1 to the Ferris Wheel, then exit the track, and take Shuttle Line 5 to Virage Porsche. Decided to walk since I wanted to shoot at different locations along the way, and also the waiting time for the shuttle can be very long since the lines are long for getting onto the few shuttles available. Also the shuttles still need to get through the same crowds of people you have to walk through and the traffic on the roads. Either way, give yourself plenty of time to get around the track whether its walking of waiting/taking the shuttle, since its a big track (about 13.6 km or 8.5 mi). On my way to Virage Porsche shot at Dunlop Curves, “S” Ford Curves at the fence and from the viewing platform in Stand 23).

2013_Le Mans (HC7A3467)Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s (Audi Sport Team Joest, LMP1 class) leading a Ferrari 458 Italia (8 Star Motorsports, LM GTE AM class) and Toyota TS030 Hybrid (Toyota Racing, LMP1 class) up through the Dunlop Curves (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/4.5, 1/1000, ISO 500)

2013_Le Mans (HC7A3703)GT class cars speeding down the front straight. Shot taken from T23 viewing platform (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/4, -1EV, 1/1000, ISO 200)

2013_Le Mans (HC7A3706)The Pits. Shot taken from T23 viewing platform (Canon 5D Mark III, 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/4, -1EV, 1/1000, ISO 160)

 

2013_Le Mans (HC7A3487)Ferrari 458 Italia (AF Corse) leading an SRT Viper GTS-R (SRT Motorsports, LM GTE Pro class), and another Ferrari 458 Italia (AF Corse) through the “S” Ford Curves. This image was shot through the catch fence at ground level in front of Stand 23. The lens was pushed right up against the fence mesh opening (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/4, 1/800, -1EV, ISO 250)
2013_Le Mans (HC7A3643)Audi R18 e-tron quattro (Audi Sport Team Joest, LMP1 class) speeding through the “S” Ford Curves. This image was shot from the Stand 23 viewing platform. Tried a lower shutter speed to get more pronounced blurring of the car while panning (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/8, 1/100, -1EV, ISO 100)

2013_Le Mans (HC7A3649)Lotus T128-Praga (Lotus, LMP2 class) speeding through the “S” Ford Curves. This image was shot from the Stand 23 viewing platform. Tried a lower shutter speed to get more pronounced blurring of the car while panning (Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm f2.8L IS II with 1.4x extender III, 420mm, f/8, 1/100, -1EV, ISO 100)

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