Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018

Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018

Back in March it was The Masters Historic Racing Test Day at Brands Hatch. Now it was time for the main event….The Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018.

As promised earlier in the year, The Masters Historic Racing championships have added a new race series. We have crowd favourites, the awesome DFV engine noise & open wheel racing of the Historic Formula One,

Nick Padmore in Williams FW07 F1 car at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Nick Padmore flying up the hill to Druids

The Historic Sports Cars, Gentleman DriversPre-66 Touring Cars were joined now by the Endurance Legends for the first time. The incredible speed of these sleek ground hugging machines was an amazing sight!

Mini Cooper S at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

I promised Liam Sullivan I’d get a track shot of him in the Mini Cooper S, after the problems he had on Test Day

Le Mans Endurance Legends during the Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Peugeot LMP1 car leads the way up Pilgrims Rise in the Masters Historic Racing Endurance Legends race

Some great racing promised to be in store…& it didn’t disappoint. Nick Padmore as ever was absolutely flying in the Williams FW07. His car dramatically spitting flames as he lifted into the hairpin. There was some fantastic wheel to wheel scrapping to entertain the crowds over the weekend.

Theodore Formula one car smokes its tyres at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Lighting up the rears!!!

As ever I’m always looking for shots around the Pit Lane & Paddock. There are so many great images to be had at a racing circuit & not just on the track.

Grass covered tyres in Pit garage Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

This is what happens when you spin off onto the grass with hot sticky racing slicks!!!

Racing driver takes a break during Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

‘In the frame’ for another Class Win

young race fan sitting in F1 car Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

Living the dream… A young race fan gets his dream to sit in a Formula One car

Motor racing is dangerous & we were reminded of it in a most dramatic way. As I took the shot of Nick Padmore’s car spitting flames… I glanced down at the back of the camera to see if I had caught it this time. I was brought back to reality of the sound of a car going off in a big way. Katsu Kubota in the JPS Lotus had caught a wheel & been flicked into the air. I naturally fired off a few frames before realising it looked a nasty one

Crashed Formula One car at Brands Hatch Historic Festival 2018 by Ian Skelton Photography

A very lucky escape for Katsu Kubota in his JPS Lotus

As a photographer, these racing drivers become friends we say “Hello” to regularly in the Pit Lane. I can’t take photos of something like this & put my camera back over my shoulder. I then ran around the top of the bend to where another good friend Max had gone off in the same accident. By the time I got there the Marshalls were already attending to Katsu, who thankfully was ok… It was a sharp reminder that these older F1 cars don’t have all the safety designing that the modern cars of today have!!