The Sachsenring has always been one of those places I have wanted to go and the penultimate round of the 2017 ADAC GT Masters offered the perfect opportunity. The undulating circuit, located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal halfway between Chemnitz and Zwickau in Saxony, is perhaps more synonymous with motorcycle racing. The annual German Grand Prix MotoGP race attracts thousands of visitors.
Cars race here too, however, and the ADAC GT Masters has been visiting annually since its inception in 2007. I was there in support of a client, Herberth Motorsport, who would be racing in the main event on Saturday and Sunday, and so I was able to access the pit garage. However, access for the fans was excellent – able to mill about in the paddock with the drivers and teams at will.
Saturday was a little damp and cold, but the action began early with a German Formula 4 race – complete with red flag and a car on its roof before the first corner. Then came the TCR Germany championship, which was surprisingly interesting/exciting.
For the ADAC GT Masters race I went out to the main grandstand open that day out at the long left-hander of turn eight where the drivers were at full throttle (or as good as) after the twisty initial section of the track. Photography-wise, this is where I got some of my best shots, lowering the shutter speed and panning across as the cars accelerated down the hill. It was also where “my” guy, Sven Müller, ran wide on the final lap and lost what appeared to be a safe fourth place!
I had all three of my Nikon lenses with me and three rolls of Kodak Gold 200 (I chickened out of using anything expensive like Portra or Ektar) and got some shots that I was actually quite proud of (including the panning shot of the Nissan GTR). Check them out below or in the portfolio page.
Camera: Nikon F3 HP with MD-4 Motor Drive
Lenses: Nikon Series E 50mm // Nikkor 80-200mm f4.5 // Sirius 18-28mm f4
Film: Kodak Gold 200
Developed & scanned by Mein Film Lab