Round 4 of the British Drift Championship takes place at Lydden Hill, the same as it has done for the last couple of year. Only this time, things weren’t as straight forward as they normally seem. The main contributor to this was the fact that this track wasn’t going to be run the “right way” round. It was going to be run backwards. You will notice I put the “right way” in inverted comments because running the track in reverse has been high up on drivers and spectators wish list for some time. Well for the first time ever, Lydden Hill and the BDC decided to grant us this wish.
My full story is up on Fueltopia but here are my favourites.
Welcome to Lydden Hill Drift Day from the 22nd of March. Now I will be the first to admit, I have never been to a practice day. I never really saw the point, I mean why go? I’d rather go to a round of the British Drift Championship… Well my ignorance was not warranted. A practice day means that a lot of the tension in the atmosphere is lost, people are all about having fun and skidding with mates. There is also a lot more cars and a lot of different skill levels. It also means you can see your mates skid (if they can actually do so). I will hand on heart say that I will be back and go again, I had a blast! And by the looks of the skidding, so did the drivers.
The weekend of the 13th and 14th of April saw the British Drift Championship return to Lydden Hill in Kent for round 1 of the coming championship. A weekend I have been eagerly awaiting since Round 4 last year – the last drifting event I shot.
I was eager to get back on track get my shutter speeds down nice and low. I also wanted to try different spots around Lydden Hill to photograph the cars (Typically I would stay in the centre of the track). My fellow #Fueltographer James (Lowmileage) Tremain and I used Saturday’s practice session to scope out the angles. I was pleased to shoot from a few different vantage points and get used to shooting in different ways. It was a pleasant learning curve.
It did however make me really want a 70-200mm lens which in my opinion is the optimal lens for the track. I also found that I really need to get a CPL filter for my 135L to cut through reflections and also help stop down the ambient light.
You can see a selection of photos from the event on my flickr page or you can see the full set on my facebook page. But let me show you something different. As you know, when panning you take a few photos, trying to get the car at the best angle and to also get some banker shots. Well I found that these can often show the full movement of the car.
I have therefore made a few animated gifs from the events:
Some people were struggling with the clipping points…
And getting quite wide but with a nice angle!
Below you can see that I actually bottle it as the car kicks up the gravel in our direction. (Trust me, it hurts)
Some people gave each other a helping hand around some of the corners…
Some drivers enthusiasm was admirable but they ran this risk of parking it in the gravel…
And I leave you with the SATS Motorsport Surpa…because…POWERRRRRRRR
Well there you are, I will post more from the season if I get any more.