Paul's shot at photo stardom

PUBLISHED: 11:39 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009

The shot of the car

The shot of the car

A BUDDING photographer who caught a race driver roaring along in excess of 100mph has had his work published, writes David Morris. Paul Conroy, of Regent Court, WGC, snapped German driver Martin Tomczyk while practicing for the 2005 DTM championship at Sp

Paul Conroy with his photograph,

A BUDDING photographer who caught a race driver roaring along in excess of 100mph has had his work published, writes David Morris.

Paul Conroy, of Regent Court, WGC, snapped German driver Martin Tomczyk while practicing for the 2005 DTM championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

His shot has made it into a new photo book called The Thrill of the Drive, which is dedicated to race driving.

The 29-year-old said: "I was in Belgium with my brother and we went along to the practice runs at Eau Rouge to get some pictures.

"It was my first week of using a new lens and I was lucky to get a good viewing point, as the place was near enough empty because it was only a practice run.

"I caught Martin's Audi car as he went past. The car wasn't totally sorted at that point so it forced him to lift the throttle resulting in the flames coming from the exhaust."

Paul, who works in the broadcast industry in London, said this could be his lucky break.

"Photography is just a hobby of mine but I would like to get in to the industry if I could," he said.

"It is a hard industry to break into, but maybe this picture getting published will be a lucky break."

Paul's photo was one of 100 featured in the book which is released later this month.

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