|Final checks before entering the lions' den|
The day got of to a slow start with regard to action. First out was a set of three 'drifters'; not really a motor sport - just a demo of how to burn through a set of tyres in 3 laps!
There are a number of different classes, from little Suzuki Swifts for the juniors up to hard-core ones that can out accelerate an F1 car from 0-60mph. I was particularly taken by the RX150 class, a kind of dune buggy, these were great fun to watch.
|An RX150 fighting oversteer|
The start line is controlled by a set of lights, with an IR beam to check for false starts - of which there were many - and to our amusement, no disqualifications appeared to be dished out. After a while this became rather tedious as the cars would do a full lap before lining up again. DQ them I say - if Usain Bolt has to deal with it then why not Rally Cross!
|Starter waiting for the cars to pull up on the grid|
|Ready, steady, go!|
Rally cross is contested on a circuit that is part tarmac and part dirt/gravel - or in periods of dry weather, dust. Despite numerous heavy watering sessions, the sun and wind quickly dried out the exposed parts.
Most of the images I took were panning of the cars on the off-road sections.
|Jos Jansen kicking up a plume of dust|
Despite all the bright paint jobs I thought I'd try some monochrome processing.
|Julian Godfrey - monochrome|
|Volksport Beetle of James Harold|
The above Beetle was not a serious contender in the races but was probably the smartest car there. Ian managed to capture it with flames coming out of the exhaust.
I shall make a point of going back next season and checking out the action from other parts of the circuit.