Tuesday, May 11, 2010
WRC2010- Rally New Zealand Images from Capture One Photography
Great weekend as I was accredited to cover this years WRC for the Northern Advocate on the Friday as the rally wound it's way around the gravel roads of Northland and the service park in Whangarei.
The weekend tho was mine and a 2.30 wakeup call on Saturday morning had myself, wife Dee and photographer friend Iain Whittaker on the road by 3.30am heading south for the Franklin coast. The good thing about that time of day was that the roads were empty.
Cloudy conditions prevailed for most of the rally which didn't give optimum light conditions for much of the time, but who cares, the pics turned out good anyway.
The highlight of the whole Rally had to be SS4 Bull and the final days Whaanga coast road with its spectacular backdrops.
What a rally it was with the lead changing hour by hour right down to 3 turns on the last stage. The Master Loeb crashing on the first morning hitting a bridge and down on the pace by well over a minute. The magic of the Frenchman came to the fore as he worked his way back through the field to be right there in contention on the final stage. Even though he had 2 spins he still managed a podium finish in 3rd. It just goes to show that the man can make mistakes, but he is in a class of his own.
Just how good is Peter Solberg, in his privateer team, good on ya Petter.
The future of Rally NZ? am sure if it wasn't about money it would be here for ever, only time will tell.
See the rest of day 2 & 3 images at: