2019 Motorsport – From behind the lens.
As 2020 fast approaches it is a good time to look back on 2019 from behind the camera lens.
The year started off in April in the small Queensland town of St George for round 1 of the BFGoodrich Australian Off Road Championship where Shannon Rentsch with co pilot and Dad Ian Rentsch we’re victorious. The Extreme 2WD trucks were great to photograph with both Greg Gartner and Beau Robinson providing ample opportunities for us photographers.
Next it was off the the Australian centre for the iconic Finke Desert race in June which was also Rd2 of the AORC. The usual suspects were there and expected to do well Toby Price,Rentsch,Burrows etc but often the Bridesmaid, Jack Rhodes and David Pullino stood on the top step to receive the accolades and trophy for 2019. Josh Howells and Eric Hume continued their rise in skill and performance with a second place in this iconic event.
On this occasion “Runamauk”drivers Bryce Chapman and Mitch Warren wrested the trophy from husband and wife team of Jason & Kristy RIchards in “5 o’clock somewhere” who had a spin with only 300mts to go on the final corner -“Runamuk”by 2.29 secs.
The highlight of the year for this photographer was always going to be the WRC -World Rally Championship in the Coastal NSW town of Coffs Harbour.
Unfortunately Mother Nature conspired to thwart me and all rally fans with catastrophic weather and fire conditions which inevitably resulted in the cancellation of the event.
This proved a double blow as Australia has lost the right to host a round in the 2020 WRC Championship to Auckland New Zealand.
It will most likely mean the last visit to Coffs Harbour as it is believed the WRC organisers would prefer a larger Metropolitan centre for broadcast,access and higher spectator numbers.
Hopefully Australian can bid for a return to the WRC fold in 2021.
Along the way in 2019 I captured a new Motorsport event -V8 Jetboats at Cabarita Beach, a round of the Australian championship.
A Safe Xmas and a Happy new year to all.
Catch you again in the new year.
Words and pictures Terry Hill