Another weekend of British GT action took place at Rockingham "The Rock" Motor Speedway. Unlike Oulton Park, I had at least been to this venue as a spectator and knew where to stand (ish...). Also at Rockingham with the hot and cold pitlane I was allowed to be in the cold pitlane to get shots throughout the weekend. Normally I would have to have fireproof overalls and helmet etc to be allowed in a pitlane during the GT event.
Once I had signed on and received the media bib I was free to go off work out where to shoot from, I tend to use the Saturday of the event to work this out and also get some 'arty' shots too. After Oulton Park and being the new boy so to speak, I felt less of that and feeling more part of the media hub.
What also helped with feeling less anxious is knowing Team Hard in the GT4 class. The team have been very good and generous to me at the tail end of last year allowing me access to the garage in previous events including the BTCC. Knowing the team and they in return recognising the face, they don't mind me pointing a camera at them as they got on with their work and was then able to get shots of the guys at work during the pitstops.
At the pitstops you could still feel the tension and pressure to make sure that the stops were carried out correctly and effectively, the whole time I was very conscious about not getting in the way yet close enough to get the shots.
During the race there were two corners that could produce some great overtaking. The corners concerned were close so after the cars past the first corner there was a rush of photographers rushing to the next to get there in time to get the shots!
Being that close to the action is great to get the shots, but, when it goes wrong for the drivers you have to be quick on your feet! During the VW Racing Cup race towards the end of the day one of the Team Hard VW Golf's had a moment and was heading in my direction. Considering the armco was waist height and the Golf was at speed and entering there gravel at said speed gravel was thrown over the barrier and the marshals spotted a certain me legging it before getting covered in the gravel or worse if the car rolled. It stopped just before hitting the barrier, so my decision of getting out of the way quick was fairly justified.
More images from Rockingham are here