Porsche AG, in cooperation with lens manufacturer Sigma, ran the 2008 Sigma-Supercup Photo Competition at each Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race, choosing the most unusual photograph after each race weekend.
At the final round of the Supercup, the 30 entered drivers voted Andreas Beil’s “Airborne” photo as Supercup Photo of the Year. The photo was taken at the sixth round in Magny-Cours (France) with a shutter speed of 1/2000 seconds and aperture 8. It shows the Italian Alessandro Zampedri with just one wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup touching the surface. As winner, Beil received the 25,000 Euro 200-500mm F2.8 APO EX DG Sigma Lens.
“The photo was not a coincidence,” said Andreas Beil. “It was planned and aimed for. I knew without doubt that this location in Magny-Cours was where you could shoot particularly dynamic and action-packed photos. Still, I spent the entire 45 minute qualifying session getting this particular shot. In the end I actually got three photos that I thought were good. But the shot of Zampedri in the air was the most beautiful of the lot. I think it’s fantastic that the drivers found this photo great and that I won with it. There were many other wonderful and aesthetic pictures besides this.”
[Source: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG]