Ashley Dibden, winner in both Monoposto races. Dallara F301
Chris Hodgen, Monoposto runner up. Dallara F304
Start of the Toyo Tires Production BMW Race
Matthew Swaffer, winner of both Toyo Tires BMW races. BMW 320
Ross Stoner. BMW 320i
Safety car - Too Tires BMW race
Paul Laurie takes to the grass exiting Coppice. Toyota MR2 Mk1
Gareth Baxter rejoins the race in his MR2 Mk1
Three abreast into Mansfield doesn't usually end happily but somehow they all managed it.
Doug Carter, easy winner of both MSVR All-Comer races. Radical PR6
Ian McDonald. Radical SR1
First stop was the chicane between the Mountain and Mansfield. Decent shots were possible but glare on the windscreen obscured the driver and co-driver a little. Andy Graham / Ian Owen, Ford Escort MK2 RS
On to the start I tried to capture wheelspin as the cars set off but couldn't quite get it right. Eventual overall winners Chris West / Keith Hounslow, Peugeot 306 Maxi
Theres always some good photographic opportunities along the Hall Bends. The cars travelling in the reverse direction were light over the crests adding a little interest. Stuart Ranby / Ian Bass, Ford Escort MKII
While at the Hall Bends I tried to get some shots of thro the cutouts and open windows as the cars passed. I liked this one the most although unfortunately theres no impression of speed. Chris Bellamy / Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
3rd Overall David Tinn/ Giles Dykes, MEM Proton Satria Nero
This sharp turn caused problems for a number of cars
Catching up with a slower car this looked like it could end badly
…and it did, both cars out!
I watched the first race infield at Redgate and decided to move to the Craner Curves for Race 2 - Golden Era Supersport and Steelsport. The race was hardly underway when there was a spectacular accident as Adam Darnell lost the bikes rear - the way it went down looked a little odd . I quickly started firing as the accident unfolded and more riders got involved. Sparklight team-mate Chris Hellewell with nowhere to go took a nasty fall and the Yamaha of Karl Foster cartwheeled at some speed and distance, narrowly missing Adam Darnell. Fortunately and surprisingly no-one suffered any serious injury.
I'd been looking forward to this for some time but the weather forecasts got worse as the day approached and sure enough it was a bitterly cold overcast day, rain developing during the morning. Despite the weather there was a surprisingly high attendance.
The first Superbike practice was a little thin on the ground with many riders missing the session in which defending champion Shakey Byrne was fastest. A number of riders were missing in the remaining two sessions, preferring not to risk the tricky conditions. Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes were fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions respectively with Iddon fastest overall with a best time of 1.42.674.
Despite the conditions it was good to see the season get underway but it also meant the times were meaningless and I'm no wiser as to who this years title contenders are likely to be!
Leon Haslam - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Glen Irwin - Be Wiser Ducati
Shaun Winfield - Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha
Classic Yamaha Livery
Michael Dunlop - Bennetts Suzuki