FIA WEC 6 hours of Fuji 10th October 2014 – Blog

I wake to find that the low clouds yesterday over Mount Fuji have gone leaving this impressive site. Looking forward to getting to the track to photograph the cars on the circuit with the mountain in the background

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The days are getting busier and we head off to the circuit. First thing to cover is the drivers brief.

Drivers Briefing at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Drivers Briefing at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

The first of the free practise sessions today that last 90 mins. I need to get at least 2 shots of each car plus the Advertising banners. Also the important shot of Mount Fuji in the background.

Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / drivers of car #98 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Free Practice 1 with Mount Fuji background at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Bret Curtis (USA) / Jeroen Bleekemolen (NLD) / Mike Skeen (USA)  / drivers of car #61 LMGTE AM AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Free Practice 1 with Mount Fuji background at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / drivers of car #7 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid Free Practice 1 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Timo Bernhard (DEU) / Mark Webber (AUS) / Brendon Hartley (NZL) / drivers of car #20 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid, Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeir Hansson (DNK) / drivers of car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Va Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia   Free Practice 1 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan DHL Banner  Free Practice 1 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

I use the Thinktank harness and lens bags support to carry my lenses round the track. It’s a great bit of kit and supports the heavy kit really well. It works well when I use a scooter to get around.

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But I need to be back in the Media room when the practice session lasts with selected cars shots of the fastest cars per group ready to released out to the media. Take into account travelling round the track 90 mins to shoot action actually becomes 60mins. It looks a lot easier on a piece of paper.

Practice 2

Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) / Andrea Belicchi (ITA) / Fabio Leimer (CHE) / drivers of car #13 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Free Practice 1 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Romain Dumas (FRA) / Neel Jani (CHE) / Marc Lieb (DEU) / drivers of car #14 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid  Free Practice 2 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Patrick Pilet (DEU) / Frederic Makowiecki (FRA) / drivers of car #92 LMGTE PRO Porsche Team Manthey (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR Free Practice 2 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / drivers of car #98 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8  Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Later that day we attend a press conference held by CEO Gerard Neveu of the FIA WEC who announces dates for next season and a new race 6 Hours of Nurburgring to replace the Sao Paolo due to renovation work.

Press Conference held by Gerard Neveu CEO at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones President of the FIA Endurance Commission

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones speaks at the Press Conference held by Gerard Neveu CEO at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Then we need to attend and photograph a cocktail evening for the FIAWEC delegates.

Fuji Welcome Cocktails at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Pierre Fillon at the Fuji Welcome Cocktails at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Alan McNish at the Fuji Welcome Cocktails at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Fuji Welcome Cocktails at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Back to the media centre to process the images we took during that day and get them up on the Adrenal Media website.

We find time to have dinner then back for more processing. Processing takes time and can go on well into the early hours.

Typhoon Vongfong is on its way and early in the morning we observe a moon ring, moon bows. This is when moon light refracts through ice crystals. This is linked to low pressure. This was taken on a iPhone 5s you can just see the outer ring.

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