Guadix Circuit Spain January tends to be a slow month in the Motorsport Photography business, well it is for me. Yes there is the Roar before the 24 in Florida and the Phillip Island Classic in Australia, yet when you live in the UK they can be a stretch for an Editor to assign you to. Cost would be one obstacle and then there is the abuse you will take from your colleagues about sunshine while they freeze in the European winter.
Interesting how these photographers can remember down to the last detail who went where and when, but have a complete brain fade when it comes to it being their turn to pay for the teas
The Autosport show at the NEC is well worth adding to your January agenda. It is a highly enjoyable day - but a single day in a bleak winter month, nonetheless.
One of the good things about January though is the chance to get the planning done for the rest of the year. The earlier things get arranged the easier they are, not to mention the lower the cost for booking well in advance.
So what does this coming year hold for me so far. In addition to returning to some of the great tracks in the UK, return visits to the iconic Spa Francorchamps and the Nurburgring are on the calendar. The Nurburgring this year will include the Nordschleife section, something I never seem to have managed to arranged before.
I'm also going Guadix Circuit in Spain for the first time to cover the <Atom Cup Winter test>. According to the circuit's web site, it is set in the middle of an attractive pine forest, surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which gives me hope as the journey out involves Malaga Airport, which is not exactly known for its alignment with nature. Two hours in a Fiat 500, from the airport to the circuit should be enlightening. Still it has to be better than the journey from Jerez to Barcelona in a 1 litre Hyundai i10 a few years ago.
Add to the new places a return to Silverstone for the 24 Hour race, now being run by the Dutch Creventic team as part of their <International 24 Hour Series> and the possibility of practice week at the Isle of Man TT Races and 2016 is looking rather cool.