On the 21st of March Nugget Nationals competitors new and old converged upon Winton Raceway to start the 2015 season.
Drivers briefing was completed and we were faced with a prime race track.
Ying’s Toyota Echo waits patiently to hit the track.
With many of the usual Nugget competitors away overseas or interstate, we invited all EXE crew and our friends a long to the party with us.
Before helmet hair kicked in, we’re all looking fresh as in our suave new Nugget Nationals t-shirts printed at the last minute by our friends at JS Creations.
The Nuggets of group A were ready to battle.
Will had made the long trip from NSW the night before to pop his track cherry in his Civic.
Angelo was also here in his newly purchased Starlet after a 5 year hiatus from Winton despite having a wedding to attend that day.
Not quite the same drive as the last time he was here in 2009 with his Evo VIII MR!
Speaking of Evo’s, the guys from Techsport were also here to lend their support to the series in the first Mirage entry to Nugget Nationals.
After having a chat to Zac, he mentioned that this drive was a bit different to the other Mirage he has which has an Evo engine and drive train.
About 20 seconds in lap time worth of difference but who’s counting?
I can’t help but think Mr Eiji Toyoda would be proud seeing two Toyota’s from opposite ends of the spectrum rolling off the track together.
Hayden was feeling right at home amongst the other nuggets in his “BLUTRD.” So comfortable that he dropped a few seconds off his previous PB!
Is that the Japanese 5-0? Oh wait, it’s just Matt and Jess here with their bubble cop car.
Being the good son that he is, Matt also took his mum out for a very enjoyable passenger lap too!
There were plenty of photographers out on the day, but perhaps only one shooting with film.
A friendly rival had developed between Ying and Henry who were both competing in Toyota Echo’s.
After being chopped by Ying’s Sportivo in his 1.3 last year, he went out and bought a Sportivo to up the stakes.
In the middle of the day both drivers were sitting at the exact same 1:50.4 until Henry finally surged ahead with a 1:49.57 compared to her 1:50.02.
Seb was here representing team Neverlift.
As his team mates weren’t able to make it for this round he had plenty of track time to himself, and knocked 3 seconds off his previous PB!
Sir Lancealot is no stranger to the track, but was here for his first Nugget round in the little red EG.
Suffering from some extreme brake fade, it’ll be great to see him in the pointy end of the Nuggets field when he returns to battle Napo (who was unable to attend this round) in his white EG.
Taking a break from rotary life and embracing Nugget life.
Welcome to a world of reliability Dwight!
Prior to the track day Winton had advised us that there would be a bus load of local community leaders coming through on a tour.
Imagine our amusement when the bus hit the track!
In case anyone was wondering, it does a 7 minute lap time.
Honorary Nuggets were littered through out the field.
Another New South Welshman in the pits. Unfortunately Breno snapped his shifter cable later in the day but managed to get it moving again thanks to nice guy Aiks!
At the end of the day, the track gods smiled upon us with almost the entire field finishing with new personal bests and smiles all around.
A massive thank you as always:
- To the Nugget Co-Organisers Tom, Ying and Jally.
- The boys and girls of EXE crew (some of who made the trip to help despite not actually driving on the track) for your support.
- All the attendees for the friendships new and old, the laughs and for your passion for motorsport.
It’s the reason why we can keep doing what we do!
Peace and PB’s to you all.