Astro A1 GP – Sepang, Malaysia – World Cup of Motorsports

A1 Grand Prix is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport for nations to compete on a level playing field. It is a series where technology and innovation are deliberately equalised and performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. Team and driver combine to create their advantage and the winning nation raises its flag in celebration.

I went to the the 14th race of the A1 GP series yesterday, the weather was pretty much atrocious and I couldn’t get close enough as I didn’t have track access so I was limited to wide shots.

The crowd was pretty good and the heavy rain and flooded track certainly added to the drama, there was quite a few spins.

It was quite a long wait for the rain to stop.


The wait was boring…so I took pictures of random stuff.


Rain rain go away come back another day..


Finally there was some movement, the Audi RS4 safety car led the pack out for a few safety laps.

Safety Laps

It was raining so hard people had to cover their lenses with their own mini rain jackets.


The rain was very heavy on the track.

Wet Track

The Sepang Helicopter.


Starting to speed up.


Do you spot something wrong here?

Something wrong?

Home straight!

Home straight

Speed from Australia.


Plenty of empty seats at the front due to the rain.

Empty Seats

The crowd was decent tho.


And the car parks were of course PACKED, I tried to park in some muddy field and almost got stuck, wheel spinned all the way out…

Next time I saw my car exterior it was brown and covered in grass eww…rims were brown too, I was traumatised, straight after the race I went to the car wash.

Plenty of bikes too..

Car Park

I ended up parking in the coach park, which became a trend heh, I was the first 1…but when I got back the whole palce was full.

It was worth going!

I went to a watch exhibition on Saturday, Sincere’s Conquest of Time, very interesting. Will post about that soon (and some other stuff..)




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13 Responses to Astro A1 GP – Sepang, Malaysia – World Cup of Motorsports

  1. FireAngel November 27, 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    my cuz had box seats to give but i didn’t take. zzz.

  2. KY November 27, 2006 at 1:59 pm #

    worth every cent paid for, I’m sure. 😀

  3. Dwayne Foong November 27, 2006 at 4:29 pm #

    Welcome back ST!

    would prefer tighter shots of the panning though 🙂

  4. Matthew November 27, 2006 at 7:39 pm #

    Forgot to bring to your telephoto lens along?

  5. Jul November 28, 2006 at 5:59 am #

    You need more range with your lenses.

  6. James November 28, 2006 at 6:25 am #

    That second photo was shot with a telephoto lens. It has just about no depth of field.

  7. KFC November 29, 2006 at 1:33 pm #

    i was sitting not too far from u.
    i was somewhere in the C seating area.
    I saw u but i thought I’ve made a mistake.
    anyway, most of the crowd cheered when the saudi arabia team passed by the cornering. he could be the slower racer i’ve ever seen on track.

  8. Mydeen Aboo Backer November 29, 2006 at 3:53 pm #

    All this photo talk, pah !

    Mydeen wants to know how the race was won.

  9. KFC November 30, 2006 at 12:01 pm #

    sorry dude.
    wrong info. the one always in the last position wasn’t saudi. it was pakistan.
    corrected by a friend.

  10. ShaolinTiger December 1, 2006 at 2:32 am #

    FA: Grr?!

    KY: Aye a bargain at twice the price.

    Dwayne Foong: My longest lens is a 90mm macro bro…I did what I could 🙂 Tried to do something a bit different too from all the normal 200/300mm panning shots.

    Matthew: I don’t own one..yet 🙂

    Jul: I know…wanna sponsor me?

    James: No it wasn’t it was just shot wide open at f/2.8 to give a shallow DoF.

    KFC: Should have said hi, someone else did..

    Mydeen Aboo Backer: You can check the A1 GP site or some racing site for that, I went to take photographs that’s all 😛

  11. zbjernak December 8, 2006 at 8:47 pm #

    from your picture…
    now i know that i was at the same place…
    same gate …same area…
    i dont remember seeing any white tiger though

    A1…not really interesting…but it is ok…

    but the aftermath of all the mud was horrible

  12. ShaolinTiger December 12, 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    zbjernak: Aye traffic was bad, mud was bad, rain was car was brown by the time I got home. Most people were in the same place, through gate K1 in the grandstand, I was right at the bottom right hand corner. The race was ok, rain slowed it down too much though.

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