The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle of sports car endurance racing. Everything about this race is amazing, from the large field of cars that participate (55 cars in 2014), length of the race (about 3000 miles after 24 hours), size of the track (about 8.5 miles), and the huge number of spectators that attend (263,000 in 2014). Of course their is the incredible technology in the LMP1 cars from Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. Who could have imagined when Le Mans first started 82 years ago, that we now have turbo-electric-kinetic-energy-recovery-hybrid-all-wheel-drive-carbon-fiber-bodywork cars that are highly efficient and have the endurance and speed to “race” for 24 hours. From a photographers point of view, Le Mans must be experienced, since you have the opportunity to photograph the cars under different lighting, weather, and terrain conditions. You also have plenty of time to “get the shot” and many opportunities to get a variety of photos from the “spectator side of the fence” as shown in this photo story. Since Le Mans is a special race, I’ve dedicated part two of my motorsport photography year to cover round three of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Hope you like the photos.
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)”