FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji 12th October 2014 – Blog

Race day. While I’m running around covering what I need to do John Rourke Adrenal Media is covering other aspects of the race, pit lane action, corporate etc. Its a very busy time.

We share the work load. This trip there is only two of us. Next race In Lisbon for the ELMS 4 hour race Paola is joing up with us again to lighten the work load.

Again we are in early at the circuit as we not sure what the traffic will be like.

The Geisha Girls \ Grid Girls have arrived wearing beautiful Komos. So never to miss an opportunity I got them all together for a group photo. We were then joined by Keiko Lhara who races for the Oak Racing. She explained she was a Geisha Girl a few years ago.

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The Japanese fans love motor sport and they get in early to queue by sitting on the ground.

Pit Walk opening for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Pit walk and Autograph for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

They are let in to the pit lane escorted by the Marshall

Pit Walk opening for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

This then runs into the autograph session for the fans with the drivers. The pit lane is packed with fans. The Geisha girls are in attendance to give a beauty and colour to the area. The pit lane closes after 30 mins. I need to capture every team with the fans. The drivers are starting to recognise me and wearing the official race suit also helps. Soon I have bagged every team.

Geisha Girls Pit walk and Autograph for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Geisha Girls Pit walk and Autograph for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Pit walk and Autograph for the fans at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Lucas Di Grassi (BRA) / Loic Duval (FRA) / Tom Kristensen (DNK) / drivers of car #1 LMP1 Audi Sport Team Joest (DEU) Audi R18 e-tron quattro Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Darren Turner (FRA) / Stefan Mucke (DEU) / drivers of car #97 LMGTE PRO Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Keiko Lhara (JPN) / Gustavo Yacaman (COL) Alex Brundle (GBR) / drivers of car #35 LMP2 OAK RACING (FRA) Morgan - Judd Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) / Andrea Belicchi (ITA) / Fabio Leimer (CHE) / drivers of car #13 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Autograph session for the fans to meet the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

30 mins later we have the Grid walk. I have been asked to capture the FIA WEC delegates with the drivers infront of a banner at the front of the grid standing on a ladder.

Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / drivers of car #7 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid Grid Walk 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  Grid Walk at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Drivers Line up with FIAWEC delegates supporting F1 driver Jules Forza Grid Walk at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Drummers Grid Walk at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Race is due to start at 11.00 finish 17:00. I have 20 mins to get to the end of the long straight for the first corner to capture the cars starting the race. This is a very important time to capture cars starting. The plan is to take my colleague Juliet with me on the scooter. Photograph three laps then hand over to her a card so that these can be processed back at the media by Jeff while I walk around the circuit using the shuttle bus.

Start of the race at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Start of the race at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Start of the race at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Start of the race at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

The plan is for me to come in after every one hour of action with images of the leading cars, fastest lap and battles on the track. These can then be used for the various media outlets.

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / drivers of car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan battles Matthew Howson (GBR) / Richard Bradley (GBR) / Alexandre Imperatori (CHE) / drivers of car #47 LMP2 KCMG (HKG) Oreca 03-Nissa Alex MacDowall (GBR) / Darryl O'Young (CAN) / Fernando Rees (BRA) / drivers of car #99 LMGTE PRO Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Richard Lietz (AUT) / Jorg Bergmeister (DEU) / drivers of car #91 LMGTE PRO Porsche Team Manthey (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Michelin Banner 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 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeir Hansson (DNK) / drivers of car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Francois Perrodo (FRA) / Emmanuel Collard (FRA) / Matthieu Vaxivi?re (FRA) / drivers of car #75 LMGTE AM Prospeed Competition (BEL) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) drouchut (FRA) / drivers of car #12 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Richard Lietz (AUT) / Jorg Bergmeister (DEU) / drivers of car #91 LMGTE PRO Porsche Team Manthey (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeir Hansson (DNK) / drivers of car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 battles with Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) drouchut (FRA) / drivers of car #12 LMP1 Re Keiko Lhara (JPN) / Gustavo Yacaman (COL) Alex Brundle (GBR) / drivers of car #35 LMP2 OAK RACING (FRA) Morgan - Judd at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Francois Perrodo (FRA) / Emmanuel Collard (FRA) / Matthieu Vaxivi?re (FRA) / drivers of car #75 LMGTE AM Prospeed Competition (BEL) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Kirill Ladygin (RUS) / Viktor Shaitar (RUS) / Anton Ladygin (RUS) / drivers of car #37 LMP2 SMP Racing (RUS) Oreca 03-Nissan at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

30 mins before the end I’m back at the Media Centre waiting to capture the finish. The Lotus car on entering the pit lane explodes into a big fire ball. I rush from the media office to get a shot looking down on the car. Meanwhile John who happens to be in the pit lane captures it on the ground. I’m blocked from looking down so I head down. I manage to get a shot after the fire is out. John got some cracking shots from his position. The main thing is that the driver got out ok he was very lucky.

James Rossiter (GBR) / Pierre Kaffer (DEU) / Christopher Bouchut (FRA) / drivers of car #9 LMP1 LOTUS (ROU) Lotus T129 - AER at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan James Rossiter (GBR) / Pierre Kaffer (DEU) / Christopher Bouchut (FRA) / drivers of car #9 LMP1 LOTUS (ROU) Lotus T129 - AER at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Motorsport is dangerous and when we we are working in the pit lane we have race suits and helmets on. You also need eyes in the back of your head for when the cars pit. Golden rules never sit down or rest on one knee in the pit lane, never crimp in the pit lane, never put your camera or bags down. You do this you will be asked to meet the race control director!.

John captures the cars crossing the line with the flag in the image. Fish eye is the only way to get this image.

My role is Park Ferme

Park Ferme at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Park Ferme at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Park Ferme at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Anthony Davidson (GBR) celebrates winning the race driver of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Anthony Davidson (GBR) celebrates winning the race driver of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Park Ferme Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  and Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / drivers of car #7 LMP1 Toy Fans celebrate after Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  win at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan

Then i rush up to the podium to capture the fans celebrating below with the drivers. I also need to capture the champagne and celebrations from the side on the podium. When the champagne is being sprayed I try to take cover behind the TV guy. But occasionally you get a faceful of champagne in the eye. That stings.

LMP1-H podium Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid , Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / drivers of car #7 LMP1 Toy LMP1-H podium Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid , Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / drivers of car #7 LMP1 Toy Winners Trophy presented to Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Nicolas Lapierre (FRA) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / drivers of car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan LMGTE Pro podium  Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) / Toni Vilander (FIN) / drivers of car #51 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Alex MacDowall (GBR LMGTE Pro podium  Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) / Toni Vilander (FIN) / drivers of car #51 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Alex MacDowall (GBR LMGTE Pro podium  Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) / Toni Vilander (FIN) / drivers of car #51 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / drivers of car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia, Alex MacDowall (GBR Fans and Team members celebrate with the drivers at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan LMP2 Podium Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / drivers of car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan, Matthew Howson (GBR) / Richard Bradley (GBR) / Alexandre Imperatori (CHE) / drivers of car #47 LMP2 KCMG (HKG) Oreca 03- LMP2 Podium Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / drivers of car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan, Matthew Howson (GBR) / Richard Bradley (GBR) / Alexandre Imperatori (CHE) / drivers of car #47 LMP2 KCMG (HKG) Oreca 03- LMP2 Podium Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / drivers of car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan, Matthew Howson (GBR) / Richard Bradley (GBR) / Alexandre Imperatori (CHE) / drivers of car #47 LMP2 KCMG (HKG) Oreca 03- LMGTE Am Podium Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeir Hansson (DNK) / drivers of car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8, Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / drivers of car #98 LMGTE AM Asto
I then its rush back to the Media Centre to capture the press conference and the interviews with the winning drivers.

Mark Webber is interviewed after the race at Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Timo Bernard Porsche is interviewed after the race after coming 3rd overall and 3rd in the LMP1-H t Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Sebastien Buemi Toyota is interviewed after the race after coming 1st overall  Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Alex Wurz Toyota is interviewed after the race after coming 2nd overall  Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Stephane Sarrazin Toyota is interviewed after the race after coming 2nd overall  Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Kazuki Nakajima Toyota is interviewed after the race after coming 2nd overall  Fuji Speedway - Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan Press Interview Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) / Andrea Belicchi (ITA) / Fabio Leimer (CHE) / drivers of car #13 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One, Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / drivers of car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Ra

After this we spend a few hours editing. I checked that day I took 4,500 images. Checking the number on the cars can be an issue sometimes so you need to look at colour of the wing mirrors and advertising markings. As the season progresses I will get to know the drivers and the cars.

It has been a good race, congratulations to Toyota for winning

We fly back the next day and we miss the Typhoon. We have been lucky.

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Richard Washbrooke Photography

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