The Red Bull Global Rallycross made its second trip to the Nation’s Capital over the weekend for the seventh race in the 2015 season. After submitting a request for media credentials a few weeks prior to the race, I was pleasantly surprised when I received the approval email.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would be approved, but it had been a few years since I shot anything motorsports-related and I was itching for the opportunity to do so. The email came only four days before the event, so I immediately began researching rally cross photos online. I also took advantage of the opportunity to pick up my credentials early and walked the track to scope out the best spots to shoot the race.
Unfortunately, we were limited to roughly a third of the track as there seemed to be a shortage of catch fencing. A few of my predetermined shooting locations were now off limits, but my prior review of the track paid off as I found myself the only photographer able to capture an accident in turn 4 and Sebastian Eriksson‘s jump one lap later without a left rear tire.
Thanks to the 300mm lens, I was also able to get some spectacular shots form afar, including race winner Nelson Piquet Jr‘s burnout. I have to say, leaning against a fence with a car screaming by inches from you and getting doused with champagne in the winner’s circle isn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday.