The Concours Endurance Sarthe is a prestigious photography competition run by the Council of Sarthe every year to look back upon the work of photographers, both amateur and professional, and pick their favourite images from the year of endurance racing. The competition is focused upon the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the pinnacle of which being the 24 Heures du Mans.
This time last year I announced that I had won, through this very competition, two tickets to visit the automobile mecca that is Le Mans for the 90th running of the 24 hour race. It was my only FIA World Endurance Championship event of the entire 2013 season and therefore decided to enter using an image that I thought summed up the atmosphere of the place – more so than focusing purely on the cars. For me, my choice was simple.
I took this image in the grandstand overlooking the pit straight during the evening qualifying session on the Thursday. It seemed like one of those rare moments of sun from the entire week, the golden light trickled between the grandstands lighting up the crowd infront of me which a beautiful golden glow. I felt that the flags waving and the clock sat on 24 just helped to add to the atmosphere of the image – and summed up my experience of Le Mans.
I entered and didn’t really expect to win anything. However, I’m delighted to say that this year I’ve been awarded 2nd place by the Jury (including Henri Pescarolo) and have won two VIP tickets to Le Mans, a helicopter flight over the circuit for two and a 250 euro camera. I’m over the moon to have recieved this prize and can’t wait to get back to Le Mans to experience it all over again.
With the return of Porsche this year and with new P1 regulations it should be a superb race to watch. I look forward to seeing you all there.