ELMS 4 Hours of Estoril 19th October 2014 – Blog

Today is going to be very busy. Adrenal Media are covering a lot of events during the day and we need to be on our toes. Sometimes during the race day you don’t have time to think and finding time to photograph and then process is difficult. You need to keep a cool head and plan your next move. When you are in the pit lane live you need to have your race suit and helmet on. Travelling round the service road on the scooter you need your tabard. Suddenly you are called to cover a job, you need to ensure you have the right equipment to cover the next event.

First thing I do is to get some panoramic shots of this famous circuit. The sun is out good opportunity to do this now.

I love this shot of the service tunnel running underneath the track

Tunnel Access of Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Panormaic View of Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Now to cover the LMGTE and GTC Qualifying  30 minutes.  We stay in the pits to get the action of the crews and drivers and the car that achieves pole.

Adrien De Leener (BEL) of Adrien De Leener (BEL) / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (MCO) / - drivers of car #95 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Ambience Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Simon Dolan (GBR) / Harry Tincknell (GBR) / Filipe Albuquerque (PRT) drivers of car #38 JOTA SPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Simon Dolan (GBR) / Harry Tincknell (GBR) / Filipe Albuquerque (PRT) drivers of car #38 JOTA SPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michael Wainwright (GBR) / Adam Carroll (GBR) / Ben Barker (GBR) drivers of car #86 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Porsche 911 RSR Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Stuart Hall (GBR) Roald Goethe (DEU) / Stuart Hall (GBR) / Daniel Brown (GBR) drivers of car #85 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 celebrates pole Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Stuart Hall (GBR) Roald Goethe (DEU) / Stuart Hall (GBR) / Daniel Brown (GBR) drivers of car #85 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 celebrates pole Qualifying 1 LMGTE and GTC at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

LMP2 Qualifying  30 minutes

Simon Dolan (GBR) / Harry Tincknell (GBR) / Filipe Albuquerque (PRT) drivers of car #38 JOTA SPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

fans watching the Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Harry Tinknell (GBR) Simon Dolan (GBR) / Harry Tincknell (GBR) / Filipe Albuquerque (PRT) drivers of car #38 JOTA SPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Fan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Matthew McMurry (USA) / Miguel Faisca (PRT) / James Fletcher (GBR) drivers of car #41 GREAVES MOTORSPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Christien Klien (AUT) in car Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pierre Thiriet (FRA) / Ludovic Badey (FRA) / Tristan Gommendy (FRA) drivers of car #46 THIRIET BY TDS RACING  (FRA) Ligier JS P2 - Nissan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Simon Dolan (GBR) / Harry Tincknell (GBR) / Filipe Albuquerque (PRT) drivers of car #38 JOTA SPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Qualifying 2 LMP2 at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Press Conference is handled by Paola as we process our images from the qualifying session.

Autograph Session I need to get every team facing the camera and its a sprint while running in between the crowds. Lucky for me my official race suit gets the attention of the drivers and I capture the images I need.

Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Roald Goethe (DEU) / Stuart Hall (GBR) / Daniel Brown (GBR) drivers of car #85 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Francois Perrodo (FRA) / Emmanuel Collard (FRA) / Yannick Mallegol (FRA) drivers of car #70 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Fans Enjoy the Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Autograph Session and Pit Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Followed by the grid walk I spend a few minutes capturing the grid and of course the grid girls

Grid Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Grid Walk at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Safety Car on Grid at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

I watch the time I need to rush off to set up at the end of the straight to capture the cars starting from the grid.

I have a problem my 400mm lens collar locks which means I can not use my mono pod. This means I have to hand held my heavy 400mm lens during the race which weighs about 4 kg. Not looking forward to that at all. This has happened to me before, easy to fix if you a small screwdriver on you. Not to be done in the field as the screws are very small.

Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Roald Goethe (DEU) / Stuart Hall (GBR) / Daniel Brown (GBR) drivers of car #85 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Then car 60 the Ferrari gets hit and spins in front of me. The gravel trap does its job but you do need to keep one eye on the track. Its a dangerous place and you need to keep alert at all time.

Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Olivier Beretta (MCO) / David Markozov (RUS) / Anton Ladygin (RUS) drivers of car #73 SMP RACING  (RUS) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Matthew McMurry (USA) / Miguel Faisca (PRT) / James Fletcher (GBR) drivers of car #41 GREAVES MOTORSPORT  (GBR) Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Bas Leinders (BEL) / Markus Paltalla (FIN) / Henry Hassid (FRA) drivers of car #87 BMW SPORT TROPHY MARC VDS  (BEL) BMW Z4 GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Adrien De Leener (BEL) / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (MCO) / - drivers of car #95 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Daniel McKenzie (GBR) / George Richardson (GBR) / Daniel Zampieri (ITA) drivers of car #66 JMW MOTORSPORT  (GBR) Ferrari F458 Italia Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Leonid Machitski (RUS) / Timur Sardarov (RUS) / Jonathan Cocker (GBR) drivers of car #78 TEAM RUSSIA BY BARWELL  (RUS) BMW Z4 GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Vincent Capillaire (FRA) / Jimmy Eriksson (SWE) / - drivers of car #24 SEBASTIEN LOEB RACING (FRA)  Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Piergiuseppe Perazzini (ITA) / Marco Cioci (ITA) / Michael Lyons (GBR) drivers of car #54 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Luciano Bacheta (GBR) / Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS) / - drivers of car #28 GREAVES MOTORSPORT (GBR)  Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Roald Goethe (DEU) / Stuart Hall (GBR) / Daniel Brown (GBR) drivers of car #85 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

View of the Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Daniel McKenzie (GBR) / George Richardson (GBR) / Daniel Zampieri (ITA) drivers of car #66 JMW MOTORSPORT  (GBR) Ferrari F458 Italia Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Luciano Bacheta (GBR) / Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS) / - drivers of car #28 GREAVES MOTORSPORT (GBR)  Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Mads Rasmussen (DNK) / Filipe Barreiros (PRT) / Francisco Guedes (PRT) drivers of car #63 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Bas Leinders (BEL) / Markus Paltalla (FIN) / Henry Hassid (FRA) drivers of car #87 BMW SPORT TROPHY MARC VDS  (BEL) BMW Z4 GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

View of the Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Daniel McKenzie (GBR) / George Richardson (GBR) / Daniel Zampieri (ITA) drivers of car #66 JMW MOTORSPORT  (GBR) Ferrari F458 Italia Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Christian Klien (AUT) / Gary Hirsch (CHE) / Pierre Ragues (FRA) drivers of car #43 NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING  (CHE) Morgan - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Pipo Derani (BRA) / James Littlejohn (GBR) / Anthony Wells (GBR) drivers of car #48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES  (IRL) Oreca 03R - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Luciano Bacheta (GBR) / Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS) / - drivers of car #28 GREAVES MOTORSPORT (GBR)  Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Paul-Loup Chatin (FRA) / Nelson Panciatici (FRA) / Oliver Webb (GBR) drivers of car #36 SIGNATECH ALPINE  (FRA) Alpine A450b - Nissan  Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Mads Rasmussen (DNK) / Filipe Barreiros (PRT) / Francisco Guedes (PRT) drivers of car #63 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Raymond Narac (FRA) / Nicolas Armindo (FRA) / Christina Nielsen (DNK) drivers of car #76 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT  (FRA) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michel Frey (CHE) / Franck Mailleux (FRA) / Patric Niederhauser (CHE) drivers of car #34 RACE PERFORMANCE  (CHE) Oreca 03 - Judd Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Michael Wainwright (GBR) / Adam Carroll (GBR) / Ben Barker (GBR) drivers of car #86 GULF RACING UK  (GBR) Porsche 911 RSR Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

View of the Race at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Park Ferme end of the race.

Celebrations at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Podium and Champagne Celebration for Sébastien Loeb Racing who won the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) 4 Hours of Estoril today in the #24 ORECA 03R, as well as completing the team’s 100 per cent finishing success in 2014

GTC  Bas Leinders (BEL) / Markus Paltalla (FIN) / Henry Hassid (FRA) drivers of car #87 BMW SPORT TROPHY MARC VDS  (BEL) BMW Z4 GT3, Johnny Laursen (DNK) / Mikkel Mac  (DNK) / Jan Magnussen (DNK) drivers of car #60 FORMULA RACING  (DNK) Ferrari F458 Itali

LMGTE Andrea Bertolini (ITA) / Viktor Shaitar (RUS) / Sergey Zlobin (RUS) drivers of car #72 SMP RACING  (RUS) Ferrari F458 Italia, Piergiuseppe Perazzini (ITA) / Marco Cioci (ITA) / Michael Lyons (GBR) drivers of car #54 AF CORSE  (ITA) Ferrari F458 Ital

More processing after the race then we head back to the hotel for a quick shower and on to the Casino to photograph the Night of the Champions

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Trophies Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Cocktails at the Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Casino Estoril at Circuito Estoril - Cascais - Portugal

Finish early in the morning more processing then flying home the next day.

Richard Washbrooke Photography

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