Shannons Nationals Round 5 at Queensland Raceway for 2016
While I’m often doing back to back race meetings these days. It’s really unusual to do two race meetings within a week at the same venue. With the Shannons Nationals running the weekend after the Virgin Australia Supercars, I had the opportunity to stay in Queensland for two race meetings at Queensland Raceway.
The couple of days between the two events was mostly filled with my usual work load. A couple of photo shoots, photo editing, creating website content. The behind the scenes stuff you don’t hear about.
But I did manage to get a day off to relax on the Gold Coast. Which was when the guys at Slideways invited a few of the motorsport media circus out to check out their latest facility at Nerang. Go Karting is fun at the best of times, especially when you’ve got a bunch of want to be race car drivers (journalists and photographers). When you add drifting Go-Karts and a three story track. That’s just takes it all to another level (pardon the pun).
Slideways at Nerang was a lot of fun, I’d highly recommend for anyone on the Gold Coast. Here’s a couple of photos of me in action that were taken by the crew at Slideways.
(Photos: Mark Walker/Slideways)
As for the Shannons Nationals race meeting. That was another great event. Nationals events are always a contrast from the Supercars, which is especially noticeable when the two events are back to back at the same venue. As a general rule Shannons National events are bit more relax, the media center isn’t as full and the crowds aren’t as big. But the on track action always puts on a good show.
With only two more rounds to go, several national titles were on the line over the weekend. It was great to see a couple of my customers claim some trophies at Queensland Raceway. Cameron Shields wrapped up the Formula 3 National Class Title with two rounds left to run. While Jaxon Evans took home the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Jim Richards Endurance Trophy.
To find out more about the on track action at Queensland Raceway. Check out these articles that feature either my photos or writing (or both).
- Formula 3 – http://www.formula3.com.au/news.asp?id=1102 (Photos & Article)
- Velocity Magazine – http://vmag.com.au/cameron-shields-seals-national-class-championship/ (Photos & Article)
- Apline Motorsport – http://alpinemotorsports.com.au/more-to-find-frustrating-practice-day-at-queensland-raceway-for-macrow/ (Photos Only)
- Alpine Motorsport – http://alpinemotorsports.com.au/alpine-recover-on-eventful-ipswich-day/ (Photos Only)
- Brake Marker – http://www.brakemarker.com.au/2016/07/sports-racers-fire-queensland-raceway/ (Photos Only)
- Brake Marker – http://www.brakemarker.com.au/2016/08/formula-3-premier-series-round-5-queensland-raceway/ (Photos Only)
My Favourite Photos from the Shannons Nationals at Queensland Raceway
How good is night racing? This rounds favourite photo was taken as a bit of fun during the Australian Production Car Series night race on Saturday Night. Night races like this just add a few more elements for us photographers to play with. Glowing brake discs, flames, interesting lighting and then there is this, the long exposure.
The 300 kilometre “Fight in the Night” Production Car race gave plenty of opportunity to get creative. Capturing the race start as the sun dropped over the horizon, gave a glowing orange sky at the start. But as the race progressed it gave me a chance the walk all the way around the circuit, which allowed me to take this particular long exposure shot of the braking zone at Turn 3.
I particularly like this photo as it has just a little bit of everything. It tells the story of the braking zone with brake marker and the red tail lights. The flames add to that effect as the cars down shifted. Then the blue and white lights add a bit of variety, showcasing the interesting and creative lighting setups the teams had used to identify their cars in the dark.
Here’s a few more of my favourite photos from the weekend, including a few more from the fight in the night. As well as all the other categories that were on track over the course of the weekend.
That’s it for me for the Shannons Nationals at Queensland Raceway. I’ve actually got a couple of weeks break from Motorsport until the Virgin Australia Supercars head to Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of August.