I must admit, this is quite different from weddings and babies but it is just as challenging and just as rewarding. I'm never one to stick strictly to any particular type of photography and I am always learning and always exploring new opportunities so to be able to be part of this exhilarating sport is an absolute honour.
There is nothing quite like feeling the roar deep in your stomach as these speed demons pass within inches of us. I felt blessed to be able to find my favourite spots to capture all the action from various vantage points. Sometimes I was just behind a waist-height concrete barrier with a clear view of a high speed corner, other times I was perched atop a tyre wall at the end of a straight where I could catch the riders as they tipped into the turns and punch back out again with velocity.
The first day, Friday, was all about bike set-up and riders getting comfortable with how their bikes went on track. The following day had the riders qualifying for their positions on the starting grid and the final races for the various classes were on the Sunday. This was when the real action took place with live televised coverage to the various sports and news channels. The whole track and surrounds were a hive of activity and it was an awesome experience to be part of it all, complete with reporters and TV cameras.
|The weather was cold, cloudy and grizzly but it didn't stop these guys from shining bright on the track.|
|There were some high speed spills along with the thrills.|
|I must admit, I have a girl crush on Avalon Biddle, New Zealand Female racer ;)|
|She's one fast chick! If I could go even HALF as fast as her, I'd be one happy gal <3|
|Team discussions in the Scrutineer's Cage.|
|In the land of wrenches and tyre warmers.|
|Riders getting ready and focused on their task ahead.|
|Time to get those tyre warmers off and get the bike ready for the rider to exit the pits for the warm-up lap. The team will meet him at his position on the starting grid.|
|Time to get to the grid while the riders are out on their warm-up lap...getting ready for the start.|
|Waiting for the Race Marshall to give the signal for the team members to remove the tyre warmers and exit the track.|
|TV cameras and reporters flooded the grid on the Sunday as the championship wins were up for grabs.|
|Powering out of turn 2.|
|The lean angle on some of these bikes was just amazing as they hit these turns at such high speed!|
|On the throttle!|
|Age was no barrier as we saw a huge range of riders across the race fields.|
|Turn 7 was another one of my favourite vantage points|
|It takes some effort to track these guys with the camera as they exceed 200+ Kms per hour.|
|More spills as racers push the limits.|
|No race is complete without a bit of controversy!|
|You can't get closer to the action than this!|
|It's all about this chequered flag...when it drops, it's all over till the next round.|
|Some great moments on and off the track.|
|One of my favourite shots of the weekend was witnessing the friendship and comradery.|
|Val Barker - Data Technician and Stewart Gunter aka. The Bike Whisperer - suspension specialist and mechanic Kawasaki Australia Team BC Performance.|
Love these guys!
See you at Winton Motor Raceway, VIC 6-8 September 2019 for Round 5 of the ASBK Championship!