DTM @ Brands Hatch

Posted in Motorsport at 10:21 pm by Warren Williams

Attended the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) at Brands Hatch, and decided to use silly shutter speeds to really emphasise the speed of these touring cars.  Also in attendance at the event, was New Zealand’s own Brendon Hartley, who’s recently been a Red Bull F1 test driver. He was driving the Formula Three Euroseries, which over the past few years, champions have included Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean and Ryan Briscoe.

Running too deep

About to be a nasty accident

Sir Frank Williams - Brands Hatch
Sir Frank Williams, guest of honour for Ralf Schumacher

Brendon Hartley - F3
Brendon Hartley

McLaren F1
2009 McLaren F1 nose cone


British Superbikes – Thruxton

Posted in Motorsport at 8:59 pm by Warren Williams

After much delay with recent travelling and having my laptop serviced, I’m able to start processing photos from the past couple of months.

I was kindly given a media pass through my friend Rich (www.swaffs.co.uk), to cover the action of the fast Thruxton circuit. There were many support series in attendance, and a few spills on the best corner to shoot at – the final chicane.

Heavy crash, losing his visor

View on track of final chicane at dusk

Leon Camier - Round Winner Thruxton
Leon Camier, round winner

Full gallery can be seen here: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/bsb


Masters Historic Festival @ Brands

Posted in Motorsport at 5:57 pm by Warren Williams

Thanks to a free guest pass from Neal, I attended Sundays’ racing action at Brands Hatch. Featuring some old F1 cars, as well as some other classics, a great hot day out as the temperature topped out at over 25°C.

The legend, Stirling Moss

Dave Galpin – http://www.octane-photo.co.uk

Not quite recovering

Full gallery can be seen here: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/historics


A1GP Final Round – Brands Hatch

Posted in Motorsport, People, Sport at 8:01 pm by Warren Williams

With the scheduled last round of Mexico being cancelled due to the current swine flu pandemic, Brands Hatch was brought up as the final round, with three teams still in the running for the title. However Ireland’s Adam Carroll had other feelings, by storming through to clinching both wins from pole position, and the title for Team Ireland.

Here’s some highlights from the weekend, with link through to the gallery of 150 shots, featuring A1GP action, grid girls and support races.

A1GP Team New Zealand
A1GP Team New Zealand driven by Earl Bamber

A1GP Grid Girl Team New Zealand
Grid girl for Team New Zealand

A1GP Grid Girl Team Great Britain
Great Britain Grid Girl

A1GP Team USA Brands Hatch
Team USA during Qualifying

Porsche GT3 Spins at Brands Hatch
Left rear wheel collapses on exit of turn one of this Porsche GT3

A1GP Pit Crew
Team Mexico practicing pit stops shortly before a race

Adam Carroll - Team Ireland A1GP in cockpit
Adam Carroll concentrating before the important feature race

Team USA on Grid
Team USA on the grid – note the steep lateral incline on track

Team USA - JR Hildebrand on the grid of Brands Hatch
Team USA – JR Hildebrand on the grid

A1GP New Zealand Brands Hatch

A1GP South Africa on Grid Brands Hatch
South Africa’s A1GP car on grid

First lap carnage with the Indian car

Final race of weekend, fun historics

The full gallery can be viewed: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/a1gp


Farewell Melbourne

Posted in Animals, Motorsport, Travel at 3:00 pm by Warren Williams

My last day in Melbourne, spent walking around Albert Park, which hosted the opening 2009 Formula 1 race just a few days prior, followed by St Kilda beach.

Albert Park, with fencing from the F1 still in place from last weekend

Jelly Blubber St Kilda Beach, Melbourne
Massive Jelly Blubber! Hundreds washed up on St Kilda beach

Another kite surfer

Took other shots, but many repeats from similar conditions a few months back:



Lydden Hill Fun

Posted in Motorsport at 10:46 pm by Warren Williams

Lydden Hill is a small multiple route circuit, between Canterbury and Dover in Kent. I was invited along to shoot some fun racing, trackside with my friend Jon, from www.snappyracers.com

The morning was rather wet, with saloon cars and other everyday cars, followed later by trucks and oval circuit racing.


London Motor Show

Posted in Aviation, Motorsport, Transportation at 10:35 pm by Warren Williams

The London Motor Show at the Excel events centre was my first taste of a true large scale motoring show. Filled with plenty of concepts, exotics and test drives, enough for everyone to enjoy.

Lexus LF-A Concept

Bugatti Veyron

Drift Demos

Ford GT – remake of the classic GT40

Chevrolet Camaro

Nissan GTR – supercar performance for a reasonable price

Meanwhile outside, the Red Bull London Air Race qualifying was happening


Trailing to the Moon

Posted in Astro, Landscape, Motorsport at 11:59 pm by Warren Williams

Following a pub meal at Windermere – famous for it’s history of Beatrix Potter; author of the popular Peter Rabbit series, drove back across the Kirkstone Pass linking Windermere to Ullswater.

The Kirkstone Pass was just being lit up by the rising moon, and saw an opportunity of a lone car travelling the deserted highway.

Shortly before midnight


Abstract Silverstone – Contact Juggling

Posted in General, Motorsport, People at 4:45 pm by Warren Williams

Walking past the McLaren-Mercedes stand in the F1 Village, came across these guys again, who this time had a glass ball for contact juggling

Race Day – Silverstone Formula 1

Posted in Aviation, Motorsport, People at 3:15 pm by Warren Williams

Typical English weather greeted Silverstone for the climax of the weekend at 1pm. For sixty laps, twenty racers dodged heavy rain, and caught brief moments of sun. Lewis Hamilton in front of his home crowd, put in a scintillating wet weather drive, beating Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello by over a minute. Full gallery: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/f1

Red Arrows, prior to the race

Hekki Kovalainen leads Hamilton and Raikkonen at the start

Fernando Alonso entering the start/finish line straight

Heikki Kovalainen

Lewis Hamilton receiving the support from fans after the heavy downpour

Felipe Massa heading straight, for a change

Mark Webber also had a disappointing race

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, leading Heikki Kovalainen both from Finland

Lewis Hamilton winning, by 1min, 8 seconds

Full gallery viewable here:



F1 – Qualifying Day

Posted in General, Motorsport at 10:46 pm by Warren Williams

The crowds grew larger today, near capacity, whilst everyone witnessed some intense and surprising results. Heikki Kovalainen made his maiden pole position and Mark Webber completed the front row.

F1 Village, outside McLaren-Mercedes stand

Red Bull F1 car looking more like something out of Star Wars

Honda’s livery has been special the past couple of seasons

Lewis Hamilton, with his nations flag

Robert Kubica, BMW

Heikki Kovalainen after setting the pole lap

GP2 feeder series

Bruno Senna, nephew of the late and legendary Ayrton Senna

Mustang in the Historic Touring Cars qualifying


Formula 1 – Silverstone: Practice

Posted in General, Motorsport at 10:46 pm by Warren Williams

The British Grand Prix marks the half way point of the 2008 Formula One championship, which is closely fought between the top drivers of Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Fridays practice day had great weather, with many burnt faces by the end of the day. The outlook for the next couple days however, doesn’t look promising.

Current leader, Massa (Ferrari), exiting Luffields

Heidfeld (BMW)

Nose cone of the McLaren F1

Local, and crowd favourite, Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso, back in Renault

Mark Webber from Australia, setting his usual fast times

Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso)

Porsche GT3 in the support race


Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s and Tate Museum

Posted in General, Landscape, Motorsport at 9:00 pm by Warren Williams

The May Day bank holiday weekend was a start to a long period of fine weather, Londoners have been long waiting for. Took the opportunity to take a walk around South Bank, Westminster and finally along Embankment ending up at the Millennium Bridge connecting St Paul’s Cathedral to Tate Museum across the Thames.

Bugatti Veyron – fastest accelerating production car – 0-200km/h in just 7.4 seconds

Millennium Bridge and Tate Musuem, with Thames at low tide

Ghostly figures walk along the Millennium Bridge

Westward to Blackfriar’s Bridge

St Pauls dominating the skyline over Millennium Bridge
St Pauls dominating the skyline over Millennium Bridge


Snow Racing at Brands Hatch

Posted in General, Motorsport at 6:12 pm by Warren Williams

After the promising look of warm weather and spring arriving, the three days of snow came as quite a shock to most people. Rather late time of the year to arrive, but the racing must still go on! Featuring high powered trucks, pick ups and single seaters – the action kept the crowds entertained.

Click for a Full Animation sequence of the crash

Various classes of Lotus’ also ran

Full Gallery of the Action: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/trucks


WTCC Race Day

Posted in Motorsport, Travel at 6:00 pm by Warren Williams

Sunday was the race day of the World Touring Car Championship. Crowds increased significantly from the Saturday, so spent most of the time in two spots, rather than freely moving around as I did on Saturday.

Fully Gallery can be viewed here: www.warrenwilliams.co.nz/wtcc2

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