A Gallery of Memories - Part 26
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by Ankush Ahuja
3w ago
2023 was a special year for me, motorsports-wise. Besides my travels to F1 Races ( Spain & Belgium ), I had the opportunity to attend the Centenary Edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. However, What was more amazing was seeing racing return to my homeland in September 2023. India ( now Bharat ) hosted its first-ever MotoGP race at the Buddh International Circuit from 22nd to 24th September. The purpose-built racetrack returned to hosting an international motorsports event for the first time since 2013. MotoGP, the p ..read more
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Motorsport Weekends - 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans - Sunday
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by Ankush Ahuja
2M ago
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a test of endurance. The hallmark event of the FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans is a motorsport event like no other. Man and machinery get tested to the hilt and finishing the race remains an achievement in itself. My friend and I had decided to soldier on and stay awake for the entire duration of the race and as we headed into Sunday and the critical hours of the morning, our eyes began to feel heavy & we began to get drowsy. The only way to beat this lethargy was to do some activity and we decided to head to Casa Ferrar ..read more
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Motorsport Weekends - 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans - Saturday
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by Ankush Ahuja
3M ago
Friday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was quite a memorable one as we enjoyed meeting a host of drivers at the city parade, but what made it even more special was to meet F1 team personnel from past & present who had congregated to the town of Le Mans to enjoy their bit of endurance racing! We met personnel from Cosworth, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Ford and so many others in the trams, in the cafes and even in the bars! To rub shoulders with these heroes & hear their stories, no holds barred, made the trip worth it. Eventually, we headed to bed to p ..read more
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Motorsport Weekends - 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans - Friday
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by Ankush Ahuja
4M ago
In the world of Motorsport, there is a term called "The Triple Crown". The title gets awarded to the racer that wins the Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix ( F1 ) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The three events pan three different racing classes. Many a racer has striven, but only Graham Hill accomplished this feat. Although I have been an avid follower of Formula 1, there was always something appealing about the World Endurance Championship. Over the years, I slowly understood different aspects of this series and began following its hallmark event ..read more
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A Gallery of Memories - Part 24
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by Ankush Ahuja
5M ago
2023 has been an eventful year with motorsport events outside the world of F1 getting checked on my wishlist. While the 2023 Spanish GP was my first F1 race of the season, I also had the opportunity to attend the Centenary Edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Ever since I realized that Circuit de la Sarthe would complete 100 years of hosting the biggest event of the World Endurance Championship, I drew up plans to attend the event and it was a dream fulfilled! Like any other weekend experience, the first post features meeting dri ..read more
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Paddock Club Diaries - 2023 Spanish GP - Day 3
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by Ankush Ahuja
5M ago
Time truly flies when one is at a Formula 1 weekend and before I realized, Sunday was already here! It was Raceday and I decided to leave sooner to ensure a timely arrival at the circuit. Although the circuit is close to the city of Barcelona, the traffic situation along with the narrow access roads, more than doubled the travel time! How indulging was race day at the Spanish GP? How did the home heroes fare? Here is a quick recap with some stills from Sunday, shot with the Sony RX10 IV and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. En route to the circu ..read more
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Paddock Club Diaries - 2023 Spanish GP - Day 1
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by Ankush Ahuja
6M ago
Hungary and Belgium were the two destinations I had the privilege of visiting in 2022 during the 2022 F1 World Championship. I drew elaborate plans to attend not just F1 races but also other motorsport events in 2023. The dream turned into reality when I got the opportunity to attend the 2023 F1 Spanish Grand Prix, followed by the 24 Hours of Le Mans the following weekend! My first trip to Europe in 2023 was truly memorable, and this is the start of the Paddock Club Diaries from the 2023 F1 Season.  As always, let's begin ..read more
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A Gallery of Memories - Part 23
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by Ankush Ahuja
8M ago
The First Race I had the privilege of attending in 2023 was the 2023 F1 Spanish Grand Prix. The trip to Spain was part of a rollercoaster tour across three countries in Europe where I had the blessing of attending 2 Motorsports events, back-to-back! While this was my third visit to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Spanish GP didn't fail in giving me memories to last a lifetime, again! So here starts the latest post in the Gallery of Memories series! Pedro De La Rosa, Aston Martin Racing Ambassador : Laurent M ..read more
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The Flying Diaries : BOM - BRU - BOM ( Emirates First ) ( August - September 2022 )
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by Ankush Ahuja
1y ago
The 2nd F1 race that I had the privilege of attending in 2022 was the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix. The trip to Belgium was my last Emirates experience before COVID-19. With the Belgian Grand Prix organizers opening the doors to the fans, I couldn't resist returning to my favourite circuit! I had flown on the Game Changer Suites, the latest offering in First Class in the Boeing 777-300ER and the trip to Brussels gave me the chance to experience opulence all over again! The outbound journey was on 25th Au ..read more
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2022 F1 Season Review - Second Bullseye for the Dutch Lion!
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by Ankush Ahuja
1y ago
2022 saw the advent of a new era in F1. COVID-19 delayed the introduction of new technical regulations by a year. The FIA, the sport's governing body, hoped to improve wheel-to-wheel racing and make it easier to follow cars with the planned changes. There were several challenges with the new designs, porpoising on the straight being the most prevalent amongst most teams, but everyone managed to find a solution in this new chapter of the Turbo Era.  The calendar, slated for 23 races, saw China back out due to logistical challenges and the presence of&nb ..read more
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