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The weekend of the 16th and 17th July was memorable for being unseasonally wet.    Friday testing was the exact opposite, a lovely summers day.

Shooting racing cars in the rain poses particular problems.   Generally light levels are significantly lower, spray from wheels means that its hard to see cars following the lead car of a group, and there is always the problem of keeping water out of expensive cameras and lenses.   Cars with headlights can also confuse camera metering systems, as can glare from a wet track.

However, cars often look good, great even, in the wet.   Spray helps isolate the car, droplets give the impression of speed and surfaces take on a reflective sheen.   Rain jackets can help protect cameras, and their operators.

Aaron Steele was on course for two victories until the end of race one, when a loose oil fitting caused the retirement of almost half the field.    Chris Needham inherited a victory and Steele made up for it in race 2.

Kat Impey (pictured) was racing hard with Dave Karaskas, but the two cars touched whilst negotiating Paddock Hill Bend and both ended up in the gravel at the bottom.  Fortunately no-one was hurt and there appeared to be no damage to either car.

The picture illustrates one of the problems when shooting with a fixed zoom lens  – you can’t pull back if the unexpected happens.    The benefits of shooting with a fixed zoom lens is that for the rest of the time the picture quality is generally superior to a zoom, and because there is usually less glass to move about, lenses are both lighter and quicker to focus.

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