Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2023

Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2023

Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2023

And just like that, another motorsport season is in the books! 2023 was an amazing year for me and my motorsport photography, so let’s take a look at how it played out and some of my favourite photos that I captured during it.

The year started out strong, heading over to the US for the Daytona 24 Hour. Big international endurance races have been on my bucket list since I got into the sport, so being able to tick one off was an amazing way to start 2023. The venue, the experience, seeing some of the Aussie drivers who I’d worked with during their junior careers here in Australia succeed internationally. There is a whole lot I could say about going over to Daytona, all of which deserves its own blog post, but I did write this for Speedcafe earlier in the year.

Immediately following the Daytona 24, literally the very next day, I rushed back to Australia to head straight to the Bathurst 12 Hour. That was an experience in itself. Probably the most daunting thing I did all year was backing a 24-hour race with a 40-hour travel day and driving straight from Sydney International Airport to Mount Panorama. It’s a good thing I drive to Bathurst so often that I can almost autopilot it.

Surviving the trip, it’s always great to start the Australian motorsport season at Mount Panorama. A big international event at the most iconic track we have sets a good tone for the rest of the year to follow. It’s always one of my favourite events of the year to cover.

While we’re on the topic of international endurance races. Huge thank you to Tigani Motorsport for taking me over to New Zealand to cover all of their media requirements for the Highlands 6 Hour. New venues and venues that I don’t get to visit often are always exciting, so I really appreciate not only being brought over to Queenstown for the event but also being able to focus all my attention on just one customer and really bringing their media up to another level for the event. At most events, I’m juggling several commitments, as you need to do in this industry, so being able to focus on just one customer for the entire event was a very pleasant change of pace.

The Repco Supercars Championship saw the introduction of Gen3 (Finally!!). While there were some teething issues, certainly at the start of the season. I think we can all agree that the racing, especially towards the end of the year, was close and exciting.

Watching the development of the new cars was cool. I certainly didn’t expect them to bounce the kerbs on the Gold Coast as much as they did—a pleasant surprise. I’m sure with a full season of data and some extra parity testing over the off-season, the racing will be even closer in 2024. Something I’m really looking forward to seeing.

In 2023, I got to cover Formula 1 again after missing out on accreditation for many years. I really enjoyed the experience of being able to work amongst the world’s best motorsport photographers in the top tier of the sport again. As with every other motorsport photographer, I’d love to do more Formula 1 events, but financially and logistically, it’s not really practical. But much like the major international endurance races I mentioned earlier, there are a few key Formula 1 races on my bucket list I am aiming to tick off over the next few years. Watch this space.

Stepping down from the top tiers of motorsport (slightly), the Shannons SpeedSeries season was also extremely fun to cover again this year. It was cool to have the World TCR Series join us in Sydney and Bathurst. Even if I personally did miss the Sydney round covering the Highlands 6 Hour instead. Having a good network of reliable people to work for me when needed meant nobody even noticed I wasn’t there.

Needless to say, it was a huge year, covering 30 events, including a couple in other countries! But it wasn’t just a big year for me; it was also a big year for InSyde Media’s customers.

It was great that InSyde Media customer Declan Fraser stepped up to the Repco Supercars Championship full-time in 2023. While Jobe Stewart had a sensational year in the Dunlop Super3 Series, winning the title.

Jayden Ojeda and Simon Hodges won the Bathurst 6 Hour in spectacular fashion. Additionally, Brad Schumacher won the GT World Challenge Australia AM-Class title While going all the way back to the start of the year, it was very cool to see Cameron Shields on the podium in the LMP3 class at Daytona.

That wraps up 2023. I’ve got some exciting things in mind and a couple more races that I’d like to tick off the bucket list in 2024, so keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook and/or TikTok to see how that plays out.

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved this year, be it as a customer, or even just taking inspiration from my photos. Have a great Christmas and New Year!

And with that all said, here are a few of my favourite photos from the 2023 motorsport season… Enjoy!

Keen to see more of my photos from the 2023 season, over the course of the year I’ve posted several photo galleries over on Speedcafe. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Daytona 24 HourTasmania SuperSprint – Darwin Triple Crown – Sydney SuperNightSandown 500 – Bathurst 1000 – Gold Coast 500 – Adelaide 500

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Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2022

Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2022

Photo Gallery: Best Motorsport Photos of 2022

The 2022 motorsport season has wrapped up. And what a year it was!

In years gone by I would write a blog post for each and every event, but for this year I wanted to try something different. Instead of 20-30 fairly repetitive posts about each individual event. This year I wanted to wrap the entire year up into one single post with a couple of key photos from each event that best showcased the full year.

That way I could pick out a few key highlights throughout the year while showcasing my best work, no matter if they were captured during a Supercars round, ARG SpeedSeries/Motorsport Australia event or a manufacturer drive day event (stuff I typically wouldn’t have shared in the past). With that in mind, if you are just here for the photos, you can skip ahead by scrolling down to the gallery. There are plenty to check out.

So how do I wrap up the 2022 season? Well, it’s hard to say for sure after two interrupted seasons, but it seemed to be bigger. Everything stepped back up this year, back with a full schedule of motorsport events and manufacturer drive days.  While InSyde Media’s expanded offering including media training continued to grow as well.

From an event perspective, without the Bathurst 12 Hour in its regularly scheduled time slot, the year started out fairly slowly. But by mid-February things started to ramp up real quick!

Race Tasmania down at Symmons Plains kicked things off is spectacular fashion. It’s definitely not as big at the 12 Hour, but Tasmania is such an amazing place it visit in the summer and was a great warm-up for the season ahead.

Signing Supercars newest team PremiAir Racing was another big win. While I’ve done a lot of work for Supercars teams over the years, it was the first time that a team had commit to the full season. So, that was very exciting.

Starting from the official team launch at Gold Coast CBUS Stadium, and then to watch (and document) the team develop and establish themselves over the course of the year. It was a very distinct privilege.

PremiAir Racing didn’t have a workshop when they started, but over the course of their rookie season moved into regular top ten contenders, a fantastic reward for the investment behind the scenes. No doubt, they’ll continue to build upon that in 2023.

While for the Bathurst 1000, I had three cars to cover with the Caltex Young Stars wildcard entry also signing on for the big event. I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture the images to tell the different stories of the three different entries over the course of the week. With a couple of cool photo shoots along the way as well.

Speaking of the Supercars Championship season, it really good to get back over to Perth and New Zealand. The long-haul fly away events are always my favourites and it’s probably because they involve going to tracks that we only get to visit once a year (or in this case 3 years) so there is always some new to discover creatively.

That said the New Zealand trip was a bit bitter-sweet being this final ever Supercars round at Pukekohe Raceway. It was so great to see the Kiwi’s get behind the event and return of Supercars to the country with such a phenomenal crowd. The passion for motorsport in New Zealand is huge, so the fact that we won’t be racing there in 2023 is a real shame. There are so many great circuits over there, so hopefully it won’t be too long again before Supercars return.

The triumphant return of the Adelaide 500 is also worth its own mention. The amount of work that must have gone in to bring that event back to life in such a short amount of time must have been tremendous. Sure there were a few things to improve upon, shade over the grandstands being one, but for everything to come together the way it did and with such an amazing crowd was something truly impressive. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they build upon it next year.

Beyond Supercars, for the rest of motorsport it was great to see everyone else get a full consistent year of racing back in. With so many InSyde Media customers stepping up to new categories and continuing to impress as they build up their careers in the sport.

As always, I’d like to make a special shoutout to those customers who took out big wins. I’ll include Declan Fraser in this, while he didn’t need photos after stepping up to Triple Eight this year, it was great to see all the hard work I’ve witnessed since going the Toyota 86 Series rewarded with the Super 2 Series title. Another regular customer Brad Vaughan took out the Super3 title on the same day after a tight battle with Kai Allen all year. It’s great that Brad will now join one of main game teams and continue to build his career.

Other InSyde Media customers who had stellar years, Lachlan Gibbons (Toyota Gazoo Racing Series Champion), Jimmy Vernon (Australian Production Car Class A2 Champion), Harri Jones (Porsche Carrera Cup Champion), Thomas Sargent and Cameron Hill (Bathurst 6 Hour Outright Winners) plus numerous wins and personal best results for many more.

2022 was a big year, with plenty more I probably haven’t even made mention of in this blog post. But I’m already ready looking ahead to 2023. The return of the international element of the Bathurst 12 Hour will be huge as will the arrival of Gen3 Supercars and the return of the Newcastle 500.

I’ve also got a couple of other things in the works for early 2023, so keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook and/or Tik Tok (below) to see what they might be.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved this year, be it as a customer, or even just taking inspiration from my photos. Have a great Christmas and New Years!

Now its time for my favourite photos of the 2022 motorsport season… Enjoy!

 

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Turns out 2022 was a huge year… 🏎️ 24 Motorsport Events ✈️ 42 Flights 🌏 for 45500km 🏁 107 Days Trackside 🛏️ 159 Nights in Hotels 📸 482000 Photos

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Photo Gallery: Supercars – Bathurst 1000 – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Bathurst 1000 – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Bathurst 1000 – 2021

What will make the 2021 season stand out for me??… The one of a kind events that were born out of necessity to meet commercial obligations and get the season done.

There was no more extreme example of that than this years Repco Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. I mean 6 days of on-track action (not to mention the day and a half of pre-event commitments), 10 categories, rival title sponsors making room for each other… It just wouldn’t have ever happened in any other year, not even 2020.

It’s not something that any other national-level sport would have ever had to face either. And it was great to see the whole motorsport community rally together to finish the year on a high!

As you can imagine, Bathurst was a massive undertaking. Especially off the back of an exhausting 4 week schedule at Sydney Motorsport Park that also included separate trip to Mount Panorama for Challenge Bathurst Photos.

I’m no stranger to doing back to back events. But the intensity of trying to achieve so much in a very small window, not only to get the business back on track but also deliver high-quality work during these final events was a big effort. Let’s just say InSyde Media is open to caffeine/energy drink partnerships for season 2022!

However, the Bathurst is a special place and everyone, myself included, steps it up another level. Especially for the Bathurst 1000. So we rallied!

The rain held off, the campgrounds filled up and the Great Race provided a fabled tale for the history books. It was a great event all around.

Beyond the racing, Gen3 was officially launched! It was good to be able to get up close and take a detailed looking into the future of the top tier of the sport here in Australia. Can’t wait to see how it develops over the next 12 months as we work towards a competition debut in 2023.

Canon Australia even came out to the circuit to let us test out the latest and great gear, notably the new R3. Needless to say, an order has already been placed for some new gear that should help step up the quality of images and speed up our workflows next season.

A special shout out to the InSyde Media customers that wrapped up titles over the course of the Bathurst 1000 week.

  • Aaron Cameron – Tasman Series Winner (S5000) – also TCR Australia Runner-Up.
  • Nathan Herne – Trans Am National Series Champion – Special mention to Eden Thornburrow and Tim Brook who also finished second and third.
  • Broc Feeney – Super2 Series Champion
  • Nash Morris – Super3 Series Champion

And that’s not to take away from all the other InSyde Media customers and their efforts throughout the year.

With that all said, here is a small sampling from the 36,000 photos I captured of the course of the week-long Bathurst 1000.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we’ll be back refreshed and ready for a big 2022 season!

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Photo Gallery: Supercars – Sydney Motosport Park – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Sydney Motosport Park – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Sydney Motosport Park – 2021

A quadruple-header… That was something new!! But four back to back rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park to get the Supercars season back underway is just a very small part of a four month story.

As with everything the last two years have thrown at us (that’s a collective us, the whole sport), being flexible and ahead of border closures has been extremely important.

So, when things started to flare up properly in Sydney while I was in Townsville, I made the executive decision to make a quick (36 hour) mercy dash back to Newcastle and collect my car and return back to Queensland before the border could close.

It was only a matter of a couple of days after returning to Queensland that the border would indeed close. Making the border dash was a seemingly good decision at the time. Especially with discussions of Supercars events at a number of venues like Queensland Raceway, The Bend Motorsport Park and Phillip Island all inaccessible from NSW at the time to keep the season going.

As history will now show, what ended up happening was an extended 3-month stay in Queensland with no national-level events.

While it was a good opportunity to get trackside as a race fan and watch a couple of state-level events (including getting out to Lakeside for the first time) and avoid the bulk of the NSW lockdown, it ultimately wasn’t a very productive time for the business.

Luckily the four rapid-fire events at Sydney Motorsport Park (plus Challenge Bathurst and the Bathurst 1000, which I’ll get to shortly) certainly got things back on track, both literally and figuratively.

I know there was a lot of discussion about using the different layouts that SMP has to offer over the course of the four events that never eventuated.

I kind of get it though. The sub-1-minute lap time of the short circuit probably wouldn’t have worked for Supercars, and the extended version doesn’t add any overtaking opportunities. It would have been nice to try out a couple of different photo spots on those other layouts though!

That said, the combination of the different tyre compounds and the rain seemed to mix things up enough to keep the races, for the most part, interesting. While the variety of day and night events along with the weather definitely made sure that unique photos could be in each and every round.

I can honestly say that the wet race under lights was probably the only time I’ve ever really enjoyed standing out in the rain at night. It certainly made for some great photos. Although, I well and truly had enough of the rain by the end of SMP4 (the fourth round in Sydney, for you playing along at home).

How good was the mix of support categories as well? It was great to see some of the local categories get some time in the spotlight, and then have the national level categories fire back into action as the state borders started to open back up.

All in all in was a very big four weeks, especially with Challenge Bathurst and a couple of other events at SMP thrown into the mix, but those are all stories for another day.

After a very mentally and physically exhausting four events that I captured over 45,000 photos, picking out just a handful that best showcased the four Supercars round at Sydney Motorsport Park was a real challenge. But here are a few that really stood out to me.

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Photo Gallery: Supercars – Townsville – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Townsville – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Townsville – 2021

Anyone else getting a bit of a deja vu feeling about this Supercars season??

Look, you won’t hear any complaints from me about doing a doubleheader on the streets of Townsville for the second year in a row.

Two weeks in tropical North Queensland and extra days at the track to work on different angles to come up with new and interesting shots. As well as having time to get those candid behind-the-scenes shots that are really hard to fit into a typical three-day weekend on a street circuit. All big positives for me.

I know there were some logistical challenges to make the two events happen, especially for the Super2/3 crews. But everyone banded together to make it happen. And I think we can all agree, especially at the moment, it was great to get a couple of events completed.

I’ve also got to hand it to the other support category crews, especially people like Bradley Vaughan and Clay Richards who managed to haul their Toyota 86 race cars from Adelaide and Melbourne respectively in just two days!!

Having done the drive from Sydney to Townsville in just two days a couple of years ago. I know the massive effort that they both went to just to get there. Especially after the last-minute cancellation of the round at Winton earlier this year and a similar threat hanging over the Townsville round in the lead-up.

The commitment to keep motorsport events going at the moment is something special!

Now, given the current COVID-19 situation in New South Wales, I’ll hang around in Queensland for the next event, which will now be held at Queensland Raceway in a few weeks. We’ll see what plays out between now and then.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite photos from the Repco Supercars Championship Townsville doubleheader.

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Photo Gallery: Supercars – Hidden Valley/Darwin – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Hidden Valley/Darwin – 2021

Photo Gallery: Supercars – Hidden Valley/Darwin – 2021

I’m pretty sure I say this every year, but the annual Supercars round in Darwin is always a favourite.

Hidden Valley is a great circuit, weather is always a good reprieve from winter and there is always a fantastic atmosphere when we head to the Northern Territory. I’m not counting last year; that was very much an oddity.

Following on from the very last-minute postponement of the round at Winton… Look, I won’t mention the expense incurred by so many people, particularly support category competitors for no result. Still, it’s needless to say many people have made significant sacrifices to try to make motorsport events happen as per usual this year.

So to get up to Dariwn, and have the Triple Crown event go ahead as normal was a relief. Again, I’m really thankful to the Victorian Supercars teams for scrambling out of the state yet again to ensure that the event could go ahead as scheduled.

It was a decent support card as well. A really good event for general motorsport fans with a bit of something for everyone with Stadium Super Trucks, Superbikes and combined category for some of the locals to put on a show in front of crowd.

In fact it was the first time I’d had the oppurtunity to shoot proper two-wheel motorsport, which was a fun and interesting challenge.

Shooting motobikes is a bit like shooting open wheel race cars, where its more about the person (rider/driver) than equipment. But bikes are lot more dynamic in the way they move around particularly as they lean through corners. A bit of fun for something different.

Now for the real reason you are here… I’ve complied a couple of my favourites for the Repco Supercars Championship round at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin for 2021 below.

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