About a month ago I contacted Keitaro So of Fujifilm to pitch an idea to him.

I told him that a Singapore Fuji Fanboy, Ringo Chong will be racing at the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge. This GT races kicks off the season in Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Followed by Chang in Thailand, Suzuka and Fuji Speedway in Japan, Korea and ending 2019 season in Shanghai China.

Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/13 . 1/56″ . ISO 200 – Up Close
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/550″ . ISO 200 – It’s really hot and may I borrow your umbrella?
Fuji X100F . @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/60″ . ISO 400 – Don’t you think this is the coolest Fujifilm polo? Each participant received one at the workshop

One thing lead to another, So San manage ink a deal to collaborate with Ringo Chong. I will conduct 2 session of Motorsports Workshop over the race weekend. Here the participants will have guided excess to the iRACE.WIN garage, the grid walk, close encounter with the race team and most importantly to support a fellow race driver and Fuji Fanboy.

Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @24mm . f/14 . 1/75″ . ISO 400 – Driver change for car 199
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/70″ . ISO 500 – Morris Chen #28 Ferrari GT3. Hub Auto
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/2700″ . ISO 200 – Sharing some limelight with the Grid Gals before the race starts
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 @183.1mm . f/5.0 . 1/550″ . ISO 400 – Sweet Victory

We had about 40 plus participant over the weekend. This is not possible without the support of Fujifilm staff from Malaysia. In fact on top of all the XF50-140mm and XF100-400mm lenses; they also brought not one; not two but three XF200mm F2 lenses for the participant to test this monster lens. I can’t think of a better place to bring this lens to.

Fuji X100F . @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/600″ . ISO 200 – Another sharing session from Ringo to the participants
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/1800″ . ISO 200 – Good Luck Ringo!
Fuji X100F . @33mm . f/2.0 . 1/500″ . ISO 200 – XF200mm Buddies

What is Motorsports without race queen? We manage to have a location shoot at the paddock roof top with four lovely Fujifilm Race Queen. Broncolor lights were set-up for participant to have a go at location photography. Thank you Broncolor Singapore for coming up to Sepang to support with the best light in the industry.

Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 @400mm . f/10 . 1/100″ . ISO 400 – Ringo driving the AMG GT4
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @24mm . f/9 . 1/220″ . ISO 400
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 @100mm . f/14 . 1/150″ . ISO 160 – Ringo in the AMG GT4
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @24mm . f/11 . 1/170″ . ISO 160 – Zooming on…

I remembered sharing with all the participants that Motorsports is not just about photographing race cars. There are many other opportunities to photograph; the race team at work, the preparation, the set-up, the track side, the race queens, the other competitors, the emotion of the winning team, the fans, the podium and also the losing team. Every moment is a photo opportunity.

Fuji X100F . @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/60″ . ISO 320 – AMG GT4
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/1600″ . ISO 1600 – Tyre change due to weather change
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/4.0 . 1/1500″ . ISO 160 – Team HubaAuto
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @17.4mm . f/8 . 1/250″ . ISO 160 – Fujifilm Race Queen. Love the lighting? It’s Broncolor! My Fav light when paired with Fujifilm

Ringo Chong finishes 3rd in both round 1 and 2 in the GT4 Class. What a great start to the season and I am sure many more Fuji Fanboys around the world will be supporting him. Ringo started his journey with a Fujifilm X-T1, X70, and now a X-T100 for race Vlogging and a X-T3.

Do follow his IG and also i.RACE.WIN

Fuji X100F . @23mm . f/2.0 . 1/200″ . ISO 200 – #FujiFanBoys
Fuji X-T3 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @10mm . f/5.0 . 1/1250″ . ISO 500 – Grid Girls
Fuji X100F . @33mm . f/2.0 . 1/2500″ . ISO 200 – Lovely Liqui Moly Gals

An official Fuji X Photographer, is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris. Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Allianz Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL, TNT, Hilton Group, among many others.

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