Oulton Park is always one of those circuits that I look forward to visiting. I’ve not visited the Cheshire based circuit that much during my time as a motorsport photographer so it still feels relatively fresh. There’s plenty of angles to explore and due to the unique format of the weekend never enough time to quite see it all…
Usually Oulton Park places itself firmly at the beginning of the British GT calendar and has become a staple of the beginning of the motorsport season for many years – this year Brands Hatch took it’s place moving Oulton Park into May as the third round of the calendar. Whilst this does have some disadvantages it did mean that Oulton Park was looking fantastic in the summer sun.
During the weekend I had to virtually shoot every session of the event as I was covering all the championships as part of working for Jakob Ebrey. It obviously means the days are very long but provides plenty of time to explore and shoot some different series and championships. One series that I’ve particularly been enjoying is the MSA British Formula 3 – I rarely get to shoot single seaters so it definitely provides something a bit interesting as you can physically see the driver working to get the maximum out of the car. Not to mention it’s great for portraits too!
A slightly awkward element of the Oulton Park weekend is the day off. It leaves motorsport media, drivers, teams with essentially a day of rest between two rather hectic days of action packed motorsport. So, what does a motorsport photographer do on his day off?
In my case I decided to head into Wales for the day and explore some of the breathtaking scenery around the Snowdonia area. Definitely one of the better uses of my spare day!
Unfortunately I’ll be skipping the next few rounds of the British GT Championship due to other commitments, next up for me is the gorgeous Rally d’Italia Sardegna easily my favourite FIA World Rally Championship round. I can’t wait to get out there.