Blog: PWC at LRP

Blog: PWC at LRP

It’s Thursday night. Late. Around midnight. I have a 3:00 alarm set to get my ass up. I have to be on the road by 4 to make sure I get to Lime Rock Park in time to register, park, and get to the media center for the mandatory photographer’s meeting. And, I’m wide awake. The night before a big race weekend is usually pretty close to sleepless simply due to the feeling of pure excitement coursing through my veins.  It’s like I’m eight years old on Christmas Eve, again. However, on this night, the reason I’m wide awake is because of the massive thunderstorm booming directly over my house and the anxiety riddled dog shaking uncontrollably while trying to get as close to me as possible; basically trying to climb on top of me as if my mere presence will provide a force field to protect her from the world ending outside. The thunderstorm, like all thunderstorms, eventually passed. The dog, well, she eventually calmed down and fell asleep curled up on the floor. The down pouring rain… it just kept right on down pouring. 3:00 came and my phone started vibrating, announcing it was time to get up. I get showered, grab a cup of coffee and set to the task of packing the car in the relentless rain. It’s going to be a long day.

But, I don’t care. Spending Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock is a tradition I can trace back to my childhood. When I was a kid it was a family affair. Me, my dad, uncle, two brothers, and cousin would hang out on the outside hillside overlooking the front straight and wander through the paddock taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the race track. These early trips ignited a love affair with sports car racing and with Lime Rock Park which, 30 plus years later, hasn’t diminished in the slightest. This year, it was just me and my camera living out my childhood dream of shooting trackside yet again. I’ve been doing it for six years now and, truthfully, it never gets old. I’m quite sure it never will.

Traditionally, Lime Rock rings in their “new year” every Memorial Day Weekend. Over the years the season opening weekend has been headlined by a variety of different series. When I was a kid it was the legendary IMSA Camel GTP, a couple years ago Trans Am, this year (and I hope every year for the foreseeable future) the incomparable Pirelli World Challenge. Comprised of a full field of world class purpose built GT3 race cars from marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Cadillac, Bentley and Audi, the PWC is one of the premier sports car series in the world.

Below are a few of my favorite images followed by a full gallery. Enjoy!

Josh Sweeney working one of the photo holes in the downhill section.
The view from these photo holes, looking back up the hill, is fantastic
Literally feet from the action
Paul Holton in the C360r Audi RS3 LMS getting air off the top of the Uphill.
Taken from essentially the same spot as the Audi shot above, but because the faster GT class used the uphill chicane (the Alternate Uphill) the images have a completely different perspective.
A gaggle of Miatas attack Big Bend
Local favorite, Will Turner in the #95 Turner Motorsports BMW M235iR, rockets through turn 4 with the Lime Rock tower in the distance.
It’s always nice to see a packed infield hill side. The fans always come out for big races at Lime Rock Park.
One of my favorite shots of the weekend. I used a some parked cars between my location and the the exit of Big Bend to pan through. Combined with a really slow shutter speed it created the streaky-ness in the foreground.
A familiar, welcome sight: The Flying Lizard Motorsports livery on a Porsche.

 

 

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