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:
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