I'm not going to lie. In the few days leading up to this trip, I was excited and nervous all in one. Stepping out of the comfort zone of essentially my "home track" where I know if I want a certain shot with certain light, I can go there without having to think too much. Heading to a new track with no previous visits felt like a huge leap. And after the first day I can confirm, it definitely is.
Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia has hosted the Formula 1 and MotoGP for many years, F1 has been dropped however there are still many reminders of the sport being a fixture here. In addition to the marquee events, the track also hosts the Malaysia Championship Series which is what I am here for.
This series attracts support events from across South East Asia as well as locals to race in the various classes. Support classes for Round 4 include Formula 4 SEA, Touring Car Series in Asia, Formula Renault and Asia Classic Car Challenge.
It would appear that I was over eager to get track side as the media usually arrives only on the Friday and departs Sunday however I was still welcomed to wander around the track. I met a few marshals and had a bit of a chat asking them about the circuit and best ways to get around. They all suggested I should have brought a bike!
I managed to capture mainly the Formula 4 and Renault on track and did some shots of cars and drivers in the pits. My favourite photo of the day suprisingly for some is not actually of a car, but the following photo of Project S Driver Ruben Tsang (Car #666) sitting in the pits, eyes closed with his hands and head going through the motions of a lap of the Sepang International Circuit.
At the end of day 1 despite drinking over 4 litres of water I was thirsty, over heating and thoroughly looking forward to the comfort of the media centre on Day 2 .. Which is actually where I'm writing this from between sessions!
Have any other tribe members photographed at Sepang? What's your favourite spot?