There was a huge grid of Superkarts which as ever were highly entertaining and really fast. Unfortunately the numbers in the bike races were much smaller. Despite this there were some excellent performances with both Mark Ess and Craig Neve in dominant form and I was impressed by Matthew Rangeley on his Aprilia RRV450. More images in the gallery.
Matthew Rangeley - Aprilia RRV450
Craig Neve - Honda CBR 600
Mark Ess - Yamaha OW01
Gavin Bennet - DEA Anderson
Mark Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600
Mick Goodings - Kawasaki ZX6 600
I'm surprised by the response as this film will look at motorsport from a different angle and there are benefits to backers depending on the amount pledged. Although pledges can be as little as £5, £15 gets you a high definition download of the film - its just like buying the film! Theres also one each of shirt, cap and model car courtesy of Toyota Hybrid WEC team signed by Wurtz and Davidson - each one is available for £80.
All this is academic though as the project will only be funded if the target is met by the 2nd March 2014 9.00pm. Further details at Kickstarter.
Updated 2 March - A close run effort, £5037 raised by 47 backers just in the nick of time!
"Trackside is an independent feature length documentary film produced by Soft-Focus Productions. It will follow several track marshals in Motorsport. We will follow several Motorsport marshals in the UK. Without marshals Motorsport literally could not happen. These men and women volunteer week in and week out, putting themselves at the centre of the action and risking their lives to keep this sport alive."
Marshals are a hardy bunch with some larger than life characters who regularly face potentially dangerous situations often whilst braving the worst of UK weather. Its a rich subject matter and I hope they get the necessary backing. If you want to pledge, which can be as little as £5 you can do it here.
The picture is one of a series I shot when a Ginetta pulled in with a serious fire and is an example of what can happen with little or no warning.
Fernando Alonso has requested 14 as his number (coincidently my lucky number) as he won the world championship in kart 14, aged 14 on July 14, whilst new team mate Kimi Raikkonen wants the universal lucky number - 7. Fair enough but nothing creative there.
Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa seem to be setting the standard with 77 ( BO77AS ) and 19 which I guess with some clever graphics will be FEL19E. I can’t help feeling Jenson’s missed out.