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Always try something new was the title of one of my articles a year ago. I’m true to my words, it’s time for me to reshuffle things a bit!

I’ve always been very passionate about motorsport. Since I was a kid I’ve always watched all the races I could that were on TV. Now with internet it’s racing fest almost every week-end! So why not merging my “old” motorsport passion with my “new” photography love into one?

That’s what I will be doing in 2019. Being in Romania for 10+ years didn’t help as motorsports are quite marginal there. But here in France, it’s already something much more reachable. I’ve just become the official photographer for a local karting track. The first step to something, hopefully, big!

It doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shooting the streets and the city, far from that. On the contrary, with a fresher perspective, it can only help with creativity. Heck, I’ve even started shooting the streets in colors during my last trip to Bucharest! Much more to come later on…

Meanwhile, if you’re like me a motorsport fan, you can find my photos on Instagram at @pierrepichotmotorsport. And don’t forget to subscribe 😉

A short post to ping you, dear reader, about the new portfolio entry I’ve created, dedicated to motorsport: DTM – Hungaroring 2016.

DTM bits - BMW M4 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

 BMW M4 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016

As a big fan of motorsport, of any kind, be single seaters, prototypes, GTs or touring cars, I try to assist to at least a race per year. This year I went to the Hungaroring, Hungary’s Formula 1 track, to assist to the DTM dual header.

The DTM, for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, is the leading Touring Cars championship in Germany, and one of the most famous worldwide. It also happens to be one of my favourite series ever, since its rebirth in the 2000’s. It features some V8, 460 HP monsters from Mercedes AMG, Audi Sport & BMW Motorsport. I managed to get close to those fabulous cars during the parc fermé, where the cars are inspected just after the race. Unfortunately, the race has been dominated by Audi and BMW, and as the cars are parked according to their finishing orders, the Mercedes were less visible. But it’s OK, it’s still a treat for the eyes 🙂

This is a big plus for the series, which allows the public to get much closer to the cars and the pilots (I think I’ve met all of them) than Formula 1 does. It makes the full week-end much more eventful… and pleasant too.

DTM bits - Audi RS5 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

Audi RS5 DTM. Hungaroring, Hungary, 2016.

As I was quite close to the cars I decided to go and shoot bits of them, taking portraits and show their bestial side. It was such an unconventional arrangement of racing cars, I had to take advantage of it, and tried to find a different angle to take their photograph. I can’t see another way to give those cars the hommage they deserve.

Find out the full portfolio with 12 car portraits and bits by clicking this link.

DTM – Hungaroring 2016

Motorsports have been a passion for me since I was a small kid. From Formula 1 to Le Mans, be it single seaters, prototypes, GTs or touring cars, I enjoy all kinds of racing on circuits. I’m lucky enough to have relatives living close to the Hungaroring, Hungary’s Formula 1 track. This way, I’m able to attend races events every year. In 2016, it has been the DTM, the famous German Touring Cars championships. It’s been one of my favourite series since its rebirth in the start of the 2000’s, and I’ve very happy I’ve been able to get close to the cars.

I’ve shot some car bits during the parc fermé, where the cars are parked together for inspection just after the race. The first race was dominated by Audi’s RS5 DTM and BMW’s M4 DTM, Mercedes’ C63 AMG DTM being slower on this track. That’s why, also there are only a few bits of Mercedes cars: they are parked according to their finishing order, all the Mercedes are behind!

Click on the photos for displaying them in high resolution!


All those photos are available as original, signed prints in limited editions! Go to the shop or contact me for more information.

Today’s photo is not per se street or travel photography, but was taken with the same spirit 🙂

Autoportrait in the rear mirror of a Matra MS11 (1968) with its V12 engine. Matra museum, Romorantin, France.

This is a Matra MS11 Formula 1 from 1968. It sports a Matra V12 engine, that was run in open air, just like in the photo. Which is pretty awesome. It was driven by Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo, unfortunately without great success (1 podium only, and a lot of DNF). As a Formula 1 and motorsport in general fan, I couldn’t help myself from appearing in the shot, in the rear mirror. It’s not a occasion you often have!

This Formula 1 car, as well as all the F1 (including the 1969 MS80 F1 World Champion driven by Sir Jackie Stewart) and the Le Mans winning sport prototypes can be seen at the Matra Museum in Romorantin, France.

This shot was first process in Adobe Lightroom with basic adjustments then converted to black & white with Nik Collection Silver Efex, using the High Structure preset I’ve posted, with a few tweaks.

Interested in licensing this photo? Take a look here!


  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

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