The picturesque Oulton Park in Cheshire hosted the first rounds of the British GT Championship as they rumbled and roared into action over the Easter weekend.
This was to be my first full weekend with media access I felt like I was the new boy at school, the usual of not knowing people (I knew two people in the end) and how was I going to fit in etc. However as soon as I signed on I got chatting and explained that this was my first time to the venue I was soon told about best places to stand and how to get there and not long felt bit more comfortable. Think I was more apprehensive as I hadn't been to the venue before to see any racing, have only seen racing from there on TV. The rest of circuits that the GT's visit I have been there as spectator or media (for track days and official media days) before.
As this was a bank holiday, the weather was being it usual self for a bank holiday weekend. Rain, sunshine and was constantly changing between the two. With the rain being forecast prior to the event, this added to the apprehension I was feeling. There is no shelter when you are out trackside taking images, so trying to keep the camera and kit dry adds another challenge when trying to shoot.
Luckily I also knew one of the teams, Team Hard Racing, as I had previously been given access to their garages for the British Touring Car Championship and recognised some faces and this eased some of my nerves.
Once out trackside I felt more comfortable and once I was behind the camera I was more at ease. The marshalls I spoke to helped with the 'new boy' nerves too as I was asking questions and making sure I didn't get a 'ticking off' for being in the wrong places or gaining access in-correctly.
As soon as there was track action all the apprehension I had been feeling went and I knew what I was doing and felt much more comfortable. I was still asking questions when I wanted to move locations to get different parts of the circuit, but by the second day I felt much more confident in where I was and wasn't allowed to photograph from.
The next time the GT's are in action is this weekend at Rockingham, a venue I have previously been to as a spectator but not as media and looking forward to see what action I can capture.
More images from Oulton Park are here