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Thundersport GB Championship. Donington Park 26 March 2017

After nearly freezing to death at the BSB test day mid week, Sundays Thundersport GB event was a pleasant change with clear blue skies for most of the day. The racing didn't disappoint either and the program reported 394 riders competing over the weekend. Theres something about the atmosphere in the paddock (in a good way!) at a Thundersport GB meeting and the organisation looks spot on.
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.


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Formula Ford Crash

While organising my files recently I came across the following sequence of images which I shot in 1994 of a Formula Ford crash at Donington Park. They were taken on a Canon EOS 620 using Ektachrome 200 pushed to ISO 400. Consequently they are quite grainy and the original transparencies are slightly damaged as well.

However while they capture the incident very well they also illustrate the downside of film cameras for sports photography and that was the number of exposures available. Film was usually 36 exposures long and I took this sequence during the last race with perhaps seven frames left. These two had been dicing for some laps and I sensed that something was going to happen. I could see by the marshals reactions before they came into view that they were close. Sure enough they appeared with wheels interlocked and I shot the inevitable sequence of events. Fortunately no one was hurt and I got several decent images, but what I didn’t get was the car as it burst into flames or the marshals tackling the blaze because I ran out of film. I sometimes think back to my Olympus OM2n and EOS 620 with great affection, very different cameras but both very capable in their own way. Now I'd find it hard to go back to film with its limited number of exposures, grain and that agonising wait for the roll to be developed? It would be unthinkable now. Read More…

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