Light up the night
Motor racing at night has always been a pretty special experience. It’s also nothing new, but before Singapore came along, night racing was reserved for sportscars and touring cars that had head and taillights. Open-wheel machines such as F1 cars are not equipped with such luxuries; they weren’t ever meant to be raced at night.
Older NSW fans will recall the spectacle of night racing at the old Oran Park circuit, and the sight of glowing red-hot brake discs and the ash of sparks under the cars during hard braking. The state-level night meetings were one-day affairs: qualifying in the morning, openwheeler racing in the afternoon, and the sports and touring cars racing after the sun had gone down.
Oran Park’s method of lighting the track was laughably primitive, consisting of little more than a series of uorescent tubes mounted on poles. It was a world away from the sophisticated lights system used today in Singapore, but then it has only been recent developments in lighting technology that has allowed a race such as this to take place at all.