As the day progressed the rain from Hurricane Patricia subsided and the USGP at Circuit of the Americas started on a wet track Sunday afternoon (October 25). As the track dried, the race evolved into one of the best of the year. Lewis Hamilton won the race and championship in the #44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid. This was Hamilton’s third championship which tied him with his countryman Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Ayrton Senna. Being able to experience a championship winning race was an amazing experience. Hope you like the photos.
Hurricane Patricia reached landfall in Mexico and degraded into a tropical depression late Saturday (October 24). The aftermath of this hurricane was still being felt during the rain-curtailed Sunday morning qualifying. Nico Rosberg in the #6 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team F1 W06 Hybrid took pole position during Q2 with a time of 1:56.824. Lewis Hamilton was about a tenth of second behind with a time of 1:56.929 in the #44 Mercedes. Third quickest was Daniel Ricciardo in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB11 with a time of 1:57.969. Q3 was canceled due to worsening rain. Hope you like the photos.
Morning practice and afternoon qualifying sessions were planned for the Formula One USGP at the Circuit of Americas on Saturday (October 24). For the second day in a row, torrential rain from Hurricane Patricia had a major impact on the schedule, track facilities, and fans. But some things happened in pit lane during the “qualifying session” which put smiles on everyone’s faces. Hope you like the photos.
Lewis Hamilton and hurricane Patricia were the main things on people’s minds as the Formula One USGP race schedule kicked off on Friday (October 23) at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Could Lewis Hamilton win his third world championship this weekend? What effect would hurricane Patricia, the most intense tropical storm ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, have on the USGP? Two free practice sessions were scheduled for today. Hope you like the photos.
Round 2 of the GT class was held under rain conditions and dark skies in the early afternoon on Sunday. Was looking forward to seeing the field of about 50 cars speeding through the rain into Turn 1 and through the Esses. Hope you like the photos.
Round 2 of the GTS class started mid-morning on a wet track and under overcast conditions. These weather conditions would be a sign to come for the races later in the day. Hope you like the photos.
Round 1 of the GT/GTA/GT Cup class started mid-afternoon under overcast skies. Was really looking forward to this race due to the changes made from last season which led to a field of about 50 cars for this race. Hope you like the photos.
Round 1 of the GTS season started under sunny skies around mid-day on Saturday. This year the GTS class will compete in their own race due to the rapid expansion of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC). Hope you like the photos.
Saturday morning qualifying was held under overcast skies, with the GTS class on the track first, followed by the GT cars. For these sessions headed over to the outside of the track for shots of the cars speeding through the Esses. Hope you like the photos
For the Friday morning practice sessions headed over to the outside of Turn 9 area so could get the iconic shot of the cars coming over the hill with the Observation Tower in the background. For the afternoon practice sessions went to the top of the Observation Tower for some scenic shots of the circuit, as well as Turns 18 to 20. Hope you like the photos.
Last week was the start of my motorsports photography season with the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at the Circuit of the America’s (COTA) in Austin, Texas. It was great to get back to motorsports photography and to cover the awesome sports cars with there new liveries. Arrived in Austin around mid-day, and made it to the track in time to cover the afternoon GT test session. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2015 – PWC testing at Circuit of the America’s (Mar 5)”
Arrived at the track in time for the morning WEC practice session. However, soon after arriving, the rain started to fall, and was very heavy rain at times. Was lucky I brought my rain jacket and pants, and rain cover for my camera gear. Always like shooting in the rain since it’s great capturing the spray coming off the cars tires, “rooster tails” from the rear of the cars, and lights reflecting off the track. For the morning session, photographed from the walkover bridge between Turns 2 and 3, since the sunlight (when it was sunny for about 30 minutes) is lighting the front of the cars. Here are some shots from the morning shoot. Continue reading “2013 International Sports Car Weekend (COTA, Sep 20)”