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Photo: Michael Bermel SARDINIA WRC 2016 The event I covered (and which covered me - in dirt!) was Rally Italia, which took place on the island of Sardinia over three days. I was shooting for NEP Finland. It was shown on WRC TV and the world feed went out to many countries as well as Channel 5, BT Sport, Eurosport and motoring channels. The Polecam rig used for this event was fitted with a Toshiba IK-HD1H minicam and HD prime lens as well as a nanoFlash recorder. Getting this type of work is not down to Polecam skills alone – it’s having the full understanding of how rallies work, and shooting to order for the programme from remote locations. On the first day you’re given a handbook with GPS coordinates of your camera location; then a 6 am load-up in a rental car to travel to the rally stage about 120 km away. There we drove along the rally track in our Nissan Qashqai to the first position. It struggled along the track, which was incredibly full of ruts, gullies, hills and rocks. We set up with safety in mind, but I have to get the best shots possible, so I negotiate with the Rally Officials to find somewhere that’s safe but will still get us great shots - not on the outside of a bend or anywhere where the rocks, or even cars might be flying. A few test shots with the safety cars, then the first car can be heard, even though you can’t see it, hurtling in from about a kilometre away. I START THE RECORDER AND PREPARE MY SHOT FOR THE ARRIVAL. With the incredible speeds they are going, something like 90mph, the 300HP 4 wheel drive rally cars scream past along this very same track we struggled to drive along, lifting huge clouds of dust and throwing stones up into the air like bullets. Some of the spectators do appear to get blasted if they’ve chosen bad positions; some of them are wearing masks for protection from the dust. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 116 AUGUST 2016 | 63