Photo Gallery: Supercars – Sydney Motosport Park – 2021
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.