With 2019 coming to a close, let’s look back at our best photos of the year. If you love historic race cars, you’ve undoubtedly seen Erwan Seite’s coverage of some of the leading historic racing championships and read his Retro GT articles in his first year with GT REPORT. Here are his 25 best photos of 2019, with a large emphasis on historic racing.

BEST OF 2019: CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ | JUREK BIEGUS | MIGUEL BOSCH

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Blancpain GT at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/9 | ISO 100 | 122mm


 

Speer Racing Trackday at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/2 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 38mm

The Paul Ricard circuit is appreciated by teams for their winter preparation test. In February, the weather is often cold and the famous ‘Mistral’ wind blows strong on the Provence hills. However, staying until late in the evening in the pit lane worth the pain, trying to catch the atmosphere of teams working hard to prepare their LMPs before the start of the new endurance season.


 

Speer Racing Trackday at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/3 sec. | f/8 | ISO 100 | 42mm


 

International GT Open at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 200mm

The beginning of the year is also a great occasion to discover new cars. Unhesitatingly, the most beautiful one for me this year was the superb Mclaren 720S GT3, successful in International GT Open at the hands of the Spanish team Teo Martín Motorsport.


 

International GT Open pre-season test at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 130mm


 

Masters Endurance Legends Le Castellet Motors Cup at Paul Ricard | ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2 RETRO GT

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/8 | ISO 100 | 17mm

Seeing again one of the favourite cars from my childhood, the mighty V12-screaming Aston Martin DBR1-2 in the Masters Endurance Legends series this year was amazing. We celebrated the ten years birthday of the car in due fashion with a great Retro GT article in collaboration with Jurek Biegus.


 

Masters Endurance Legends Le Castellet Motors Cup at Paul Ricard | ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2 RETRO GT

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/16 | ISO 100 | 200mm


 

JMB Classic Trackday at Paul Ricard | MEETING JMB CLASSIC

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/4 | ISO 200 | 70mm

In May, I had the honour to join the French team JMB Classic on a private trackday, a perfect occasion to introduce you to one of the greatest historic racing teams.


 

Blancpain GT at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/4 | ISO 250 | 200mm

One month later, the Blancpain GT 1000km of Paul Ricard marked a key event in my season where I tried to take advantage of the superb sunset light. Once more, the SRO organiser succeed in bringing together almost 50 GT3s in a breathtaking race.


 

Blancpain GT at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 50mm


 

Blancpain GT at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/8 | ISO 100 | 70mm


 

Blancpain GT at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 8 sec. | f/14 | ISO 100 | 40mm


 

Chantilly Concours d’Elegance | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/2000 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 100mm

The end of my year was more devoted to historic cars. From, the magnificent lawns of the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, I met plenty of iconic race cars.


 

Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/4 | ISO 400 | 150mm


 

Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/5 sec. | f/11 | ISO 100 | 27mm


 

Spa Six Hours | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 3 sec. | f/11 | ISO 100 | 17mm


 

Spa Six Hours | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/8 | ISO 320 | 140mm


 

Dix Mille Tours at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/8 | ISO 200 | 175mm


 

Euroformula Open Championship at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 17-50mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 50mm


 

International GT Open pre-season test at Paul Ricard | GALLERY

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/14 | ISO 100 | 100mm


 

Speer Racing Trackday at Paul Ricard | PORSCHE 962C-155 RETRO GT

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/1600 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 105mm


 

Le Castellet Motors Cup at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/100 sec. | f/16 | ISO 100 | 105mm


 

Le Castellet Motors Cup at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/640 sec. | f/9 | ISO 100 | 78mm


 

Euroformula Open Championship at Paul Ricard

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/800 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 95mm


 

Masters Endurance Legends Le Castellet Motors Cup at Paul Ricard | ASTON MARTIN DBR9/102 RETRO GT

Nikon D5300 + 70-200mm f/2.8 | 1/1600 sec. | f/4 | ISO 100 | 200mm

 
 

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