Rallye Sunseeker 2013

For some time now, i've wanted to photograph a rally. Ultimately committed drivers throw their cars around the ever-changing surface in a bid to be the quickest across various stages. With the Rallye Sunseeker on my door step, I headed down to Poole Quay with Jakob Ebrey to cover this year's event.

Rallye Sunseeker Poole Quay Ceremonial Launch Night Start

Fans lined the street for the ceremonial opening, creating a buzz that this sports famous for. Here, you can get closer to the cars and drivers than in any other form of motorsport.

Rallye Sunseeker Citroen DS3 R3 Driver Line Up
Rallye Sunseeker Tom Cave Ceremonial Opening

The following morning, Somerley house played host to two special stages. With no room for error, cars literally flew past the house at breakneck speeds.

Rallye Sunseeker Somerley House Stage Jump Ford Fiesta Rally Car
Rallye Sunseeker Classic Jump Somerley House

Further round the stage, Somerley House provided a picturesque backdrop for spectators:

Rallye Sunseeker Somerley House Stage Citroen DS3
Somerley House Stage Rallye Sunseeker Fiesta 99

After Stages 3 and 6, we headed back to the service park to catch the teams hard at work:

Rally Tyres Pirelli Service Park Rallye Sunseeker
Citroen DS3 R3 Service Park Poole Quay Rallye Sunseeker.jpg
Tom Cave Rallye Sunseeker Citroen DS3 R3
Rallye Sunseeker Refuel Fuel Pitstop Service Park

With Jukka Korhonen set to claim the title of BRC Champion, he looked calm and composed before heading out on the next stage: 

Jukka Korhonen BRC Champion 2013 Sunseeker Rallye Service Park
Jukka Korhonen BRC Champion Rallye Sunseeker

A quick trip to the press office to file some images and it was on to the finish line at Poole Quay. As the sun began to set and crowds gathered, it started to look more like Monaco than Dorset! 

Rallye Sunseeker Finish Line Porsche 911

As cars made their entrance, the Mayor presented the trophies to each of the competitors and celebrations were well underway with Jukka Korhonen and Mark Salminen being crowned the 2013 BRC Champions:

Rallye Sunseeker Mayor Trophy Presentation Poole Pottery
Jukka Korhonen BRC Champion Citroen DS3 R3 British Rally Championship Sunseeker Rally

Absolutely loved my first foray into documenting a rally. Next stop WRC Wales?