The majority of you are probably familiar with my trip down to Adelaide, Australia a month or so ago. I not only shot Jake Jone's S13, but also managed to cover the G1 Extreme Drifting competition at Mallala Raceway.
Arriving at the location, I was unsure if it was the sub-zero temperatures or the anxiety of shooting a new track that had my body shivering in 4 layers of jumpers. Either way I was hyped to be photographing G1 drifting.
As the long awaited dawn broke in the distance, I waited patiently on the grass hill for the sun to warmth my body. I have to admit it was quite a spectacular sunrise over the track.
Shortly after the cars had been scrutineered and the drivers had their briefing, it was time for some action! This SR20DET powered KE70 wagon wasn't holding back one bit. One of the first cars on track, the driver was eager to take on the big guns.
Along side the KE70 wagon is the little red KE70 hatch, also fitted with a SR20DET, these guys definitely made a good first impression not only on the crowd, but on the judges.
The smoke these two cars were putting out was awesome… 2 liter turbos in little cars like this must be an amazing experience to drive.
The last corner is a long, wide and fast corner, I'd say it'd be the favorite of the track. The outraging noise of the top of 3rd gear with an external gate sounded quite amazing!
A big plus about Mallala Raceway is the grandstands for the audience. It allows everyone to sit down and relax whilst the action is right in front of you. I enjoyed shooting behind the fence at times and getting an audience's feel to some shots.
Here is Josh Coote's 180SX, it was great to see someone at G1 from my home town. It's always a pleasure speaking with Josh and his friendly family. The car was looking spectacular as always.
The afternoon came around before we knew it, and the competition was heating up… More spectators appeared on the surrounding hills.
Here is Jake Jones speaking with Josh Coote and his father. Josh's dad's business, MCA Suspension have now got Jake Jones on board with sponsorship.
The pit area was a nice set scene at the time.
The wait in between battles were pretty tense. We were all on the edge of our seats waiting for the next rounds to begin.
Top 8 had come around quickly and it was Josh Coote and Simon Michelmore up next. Unfortunately Josh got knocked out in this battle by Simon, but both drivers drove unbelievably well.
Whilst the sun was setting, the clouds were rolling in, bringing some very artistic lighting to play.
Here is Josh exiting the last corner coming on boost! I've never seen a car in the whole Australia drifting scene quite as fast as this machine.
The sun produced me some awesome silhouettes of cars on the last corner and a white trail of smoke to follow.
Did I mention I love shooting this time of the day?
Simon drove exceptionally well on the day, with a well deserved win! Congratulations Simon.
It's always such an awesome experience shooting a new track. Mallala is one to now happily cross off the list!
I would love to once again thank Jake Jones for making this trip possible.
– Casey Dhnaram.