9.30 am, welcome in Rotterdam. It's not really one of my favorite cities for some reason, although it has some pretty nice buildings. This year's edition of Bavaria City Racing was the fifth edition in Rotterdam. It has grown to one of the biggest motor sport events in Europe. More and more people attend every year and this year Rotterdam hosted 500.000 visitors. World famous Formula One drivers like Robert Doornbos, Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil raced the narrow streets of Rotterdam to give the audience a day they wouldn't forget. A lot of Formula One demonstrations, burnouts, starts, drifting etc were ingredients for a very noisy day! Luckily, we managed to get some ear plugs to start the day.
Renault F1 really blew away the crowd, local hero Robert Doornbos knew how to drive his car and how to entertain the crowd by doing tons of donuts, Trulli on the other hand had a lazy day. He didn't show that much action, didn't know where to find his right pedal and mainly used his right hand for waving instead of driving like a proper F1-driver. Let's not forget Tom Coronel in his WTCC Seat Leon and Renger van der Zande in his GP2 class-car.
Nissan arranged their new GT-R for Bavaria city Racing. It's the second GT-R I see this summer. The red one in London last month impressed me more. Even though the one in Rotterdam drove past us all day, it didn't make that much noise. I don't know why but there's probably a reason for it. The other safety car, a Lamborghini Gallardo, made a lot more noise!
So, not much of a report really... There wasn't really a lot to see from where we stood all day. Our VIP-tickets gave us access to the ING Bank area but it appeared to be a terrible place if you're into photography. We were standing about two meters from the safety barrier. It was pretty difficult to get a decent shot of the cars, who were driving by at very high speeds, without getting the safety barriers in the photo. Halfway during the day they moved the fences another two meters backwards so I was pretty much done taking photos. The distance way too big to even get the car in the picture. I only got the roof. Luckily, I managed to get a view shots near the safety barriers, the security guys were quite nice to me.
More luck next year!