An F2 Birthday
I had never thought that I would cut my birthday cake this year on the Formula 2 racing tracks. Thanks to Hari for this brilliant surprise and to Ashwin, Nadia and Deepak for the warm celebration. It was really amazing cutting the cake near the tracks with cars VROOMING on the back :).
Belgium has a Formula2 circuit at Zolder besides a Formula1 circuit at Spa. Races 7 & 8 of Formula2 season this year have been scheduled at Zolder this weekend. Deepak got the info, Hari spread it around and we pitched in to go for the Race 7 today. Although I am not a fan of Formula racing, I wanted to go because I had never watched a car race in person and it would be a new subject for me to take photographs :).
Zolder is about 75kms east of Brussels and has a 4km long track. It was used for F1 racing in 70s and 80s but now it is used mostly for F2 and other racing events. The bus dropped us right at the entrance of the circuit. We could already hear the cars outside the gates and as we walked inside and towards the main stands, the loud roaring sound of the cars sent shudder into our chests. I had never experienced this before but it was cool :).
The action on the track as well as off the track was equally exciting. A lot of people came with their caravans and had camped there for the entire weekend. The cars, the trucks and the people were all amazing and fun to see. The other exciting part was to see the photography gears of people… uff! People had lenses which were no less than canon barrels :). My 18-105mm lens looked minuscule and I felt as if I have come to a war with a needle :).
Apart from F2 race there were qualifying rounds for Maserati and FIA WTCC. So there was enough to see and shoot. The weather for today was predicted to be rainy but luckily it was much better than expected. Although it rained a few times in between, it didn’t spoil the fun. We took pictures, had a picnic lunch besides the track and also cut the cake :).