This race was the North American debut for the 488 Challenge. It can’t match the scream of the outgoing 458 (of which there were many) but it looks amazing.
I had to pick my shooting spots carefully. Unlike a 4-hour ALMS race, where I could wander, watch, and shoot from all points on the track, the compressed schedule of the reunion forced me to pick a spot for each race. Each race group is only on track for two 20-minute sessions — one on the morning and one in the afternoon. Since I was forced to choose, I chose the exit of turn 11 and The Corkscrew. Turn 11 to capture the sounds of the cars rocketing down the straight at full throttle and The Corkscrew because it is as iconic as it gets. I’m especially happy with the turn 11 footage. The cars sound great getting on the power and you can really see them moving around. They were not babied at all.
The video really doesn’t do justice to how fast these bikes are and how hard the riders work them through the turns. It was incredible to see it all happen from trackside.
I put together two videos from the footage I got at the race. First, a “Sights and Sounds” video featuring work in the pits as well as on-track action from both the WeatherTech and Continental Tire SportsCar Championships. Second, I wanted to do a sound comparison of the new-for-2016 GTLM cars. Two raucous V8s were replaced by turbos; I thought it would be interesting to compare.
I went to the HMSA spring club event expecting a mix of vintage Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and Alfa Romeo entries. I absolutely did not expect to see the supremely dominant Audi R8 out on track. I had never seen the Audi in person before. It’s a shame that world class and internationally relevant prototypes no longer have a place in US motorsports, aside from Lone Star Le Mans. Rose colored glasses?