Nugget Nationals 2016 – Round 1, Winton Raceway

On April the 3rd we gathered old and new nuggets alike at Winton Raceway for our second season of Nugget Nationals.

As the cars rolled in, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a one make series with all the Echo’s that were present around the pits in the morning!

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Photo credit: Brett Swain

With drivers briefing out of the way…

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Photo credit: Ajay Rodriquez

…It was time to hit the freshly resurfaced track!

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Photo credit: Ajay Rodriquez

1st Place: 1:48.2
Driver: Ying Bot
Nugget: 2002 Toyota Echo Sportivo

Leaving it until the 11th hour, Ying managed to snatch first place honours on her very last lap of the day.

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Photo credit: Andy Szeto

2nd Place: 1:48.5
Driver: Viv Dilkes-Frayne
Nugget: 2001 Daihatsu Sirion GTVI

Viv didn’t waste any time by setting down a stonking lap time very early in the morning. A good strategy on his behalf as the car ran out of brake pads later in the day.

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Photo credit: Happiness by the Killowatts

3rd Place: 1:49.1
Driver: Daniel Jon
Nugget: 1993 Honda Civic

Dan’s D15 powered Civic was another nugget that joined the forties club. He also wins my award for best wheels on a Nugget!

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Photo credit: Daniel Jon

4th Place: 1:50.9
Driver: Liam Murphy
Nugget: 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage

Itsa Mitsy! The only Mitsubishi in the field this season, Liam is getting closer to breaking into the 40Nug club.

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5th Place: 1:51.6
Driver: Thomas Bullock
Nugget: 2001 Daihatsu Sirion GTVI

Unfortunately Tom’s CRX was a last minute drop out so he took the Sirion out and subsequently destroyed the remaining brake pads it had left. He also commented that the car was not very enjoyable to drive.

6th Place: 1:52.1
Driver: Blandon Le
Nugget: 2002 Toyota Echo

After competing in our final NSW round last year, Blandon had made the trip down from Sydney to compete again. When he wasn’t being rescued from the gravel trap, he set a fantastic lap time for his first attempt at this track in a small block Echo!

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7th Place:  1:52.6
Driver:  Ricky Wong
Nugget:  1993 Honda Civic

Another Winton cherry popped and another nugget in the 1:52’s. Well done Ricky!

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Photo credit: Brett Swain

8th Place:  1:53.8
Driver:  Hayden Ryan
Nugget:  1998 Toyota Starlet

One of our earliest supporters, it’s great to see Hayden with us again this year!

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Photo credit: Brett Swain

9th Place: 1:54.1
Driver: Harry Toumbos
Nugget: 2004 Holden Barina

Nugget National’s first ever Holden entry looking super cool with a splitter and purple Sprint Harts.

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10th Place: 1:54.5
Driver: Matthew Doyle
Nugget: 1995 Mazda 121

Possibly the most photographed Nugget, Matt is testimony that practice makes perfect managing a new PB for himself today.

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Photo credit: Andy Szeto

11th Place: 1:55.6
Driver: Paride Palmeri
Nugget: 2003 Toyota Echo

Paride liberated this Echo from his mum and it’s never looked better (despite unfortunately hitting a kangaroo on the way to the track that morning). Fully utilising his skills from bubbleblue, Paride gets bonus style points for matching his self designed livery to his self made cage!

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Photo credit: Brett Swain

12th Place: 1:55.7
Driver: Jarrod Florence
Nugget: 2005 Toyota Echo

Another new entrant was Jarrod in the Area 57 Echo.

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Photo credit: Andy Szeto

13th Place: 1:56.5
Driver: Jase Quach
Nugget: 2005 Toyota Echo Sportivo

No stranger to a race track, Jase was out in his newly purchased Sportivo setting a base lap time in stock mode.

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Photo credit: Happiness by the Kilowatts

14th Place: 1:58.6
Driver: David Donnoli
Nugget: 2001 Toyota Echo

15th Place: 1:58.8
Driver: James Donnoli
Nugget: 2001 Toyota Echo

In some fierce sibling rivalry, the Donnoli brothers ended up with lap times split by .2 of a second. Older brother David ended up with ultimate bragging rights as the faster of the two…but only just.

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Photo credit: Brett Swain

16th Place: 1:59.8
Driver: Gabriel Perri
Nugget: 2005 Toyota Echo

A joint entry for the Area 57 Echo. Super realiable Toyota’s FTW.

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17th Place: 2:01.1
Driver: Douglas Eves
Nugget: 2005 Toyota Echo

If a joint entry isn’t enough, how about a triple entered Echo? Brother from another mother Doug rounds out the Donnoli crew entry.

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18th Place: 2:06.4
Driver: Jess Hoare
Nugget: 1995 Mazda 121

A joint entry for the little police bubble. Jess also took a massive chunk out of her previous PB.

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Photo credit: Andy Szeto

19th and 20th Place: DNS
Driver: Seb Quirit and Iain Murray
Nugget: 1991 Honda Civic

Unfortunately new aero and colour coded streamers weren’t enough with Team Neverlift retiring early due to mechanical issues.

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Thank yous:

As always my eternal thanks to EXE crew and our friends who come out to support the day, drive, wave flags and take photos for us. Honestly one of the easiest track days we’ve ever run with everyone pitching in to help and being super well behaved.

See you for round 2!

More photos:

Check out the photo albums below for all the other cars in attendance.
Andy Szeto, Happiness by the Kilowatts, Ajay Rodriquez, Brett Swain, Peter McGilvery

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Photo credit: Andy Szeto

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KNOW YOUR NUGGET: Harry’s Holden

KNOW YOUR NUGGET:

Introducing Harry and Nugget Nationals first Holden Nug!

1. Name – Harry Toumbos

2. Nugget car of choice – 2002 Holden Barina Brocky edition

3. Other cars you own or have owned – Another Barina, Mazda 2, E28 525e, Opel Astra GTC, EG Civic 1.3l

4. How did you hear about Nugget Nationals? – I heard about Nugs through a friend who knew vague details, but didn’t know the name of the series etc. I think I actually found out about the series early in 2015 on Instagram.

5. What made you want to join Nugget Nationals? – As soon as I heard the general concept of low cost, tight regs, and racing in cars I already like, I knew there would be potential for really tight racing, and with a range of competitive chassis on the market to choose from it’s interesting to see what everyone can get out of their cars.

6. Why did you pick the car you have to be your Nugget vehicle of choice? – My first car was a Barina, so I guess the fact that I’m pretty familiar with the car was the main reason, but I was also pretty chuffed to see that mine is the first Barina Nug.

7. What is your favourite thing/feature about your Nugget? – My favourite feature was probably the ability to hide drugs under the stock shift boot. Seeing as that’s gone though, the flared guards get me hot.

8. Funniest thing about your Nugget? – The funniest thing about it are probably it’s purple Sprint Harts, and the fact that it’s just ticked over 60k.

9. A random fact about you – I have a cat named John Cleese

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KNOW YOUR NUGGET: Blandon’s Echo

1) Name – Blandon Le

2) Nugget car of choice – 2000 Toyota Echo 1.3

3) Other cars you own or have owned – 1989 AE92 Corolla CSX Hatchback

4) How did you hear about Nugget Nationals? – Browsing around on what to do with my Echo and stumbled upon the Nugget Nationals Webpage in Early 2015 and decided to prep/race the nugget in 2016.

5) What made you want to join Nugget Nationals? – The subtitle on the website got me. “Low power, low cost, maximum fun!” Racing a nugget seemed like a great way to socially have fun while comparing myself against other competitors and nuggets.

6) Why did you pick the car you have to be your Nugget vehicle of choice? – I didn’t choose nug life, nug life chose me. Like my previous car I owned I was given the Echo for free! Besides the Echo(Vitz/Yaris) has racing pedigree in other countries so it was as if destiny brought us together to race.

7) What is your favourite thing/feature about your Nugget? – It’s an ECHO-nomical car (thanks Henry L), gets about 550-600km before I have to refill.

8) Funniest thing about your Nugget (usually something that’s broken or doesn’t work properly if you have one) – I tell everyone that my car has a sunroof but it’s a manual sunroof that doesn’t work.

9) A random fact about you (can be anything you want!) Yep you read the name right, Blandon. It’s Brandon but with a L! Very bland indeed. I also pretend I’m a rally driver and randomly shout pace notes at known roads hence race car name sticker on the car.

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2016 Nugget Nationals Round 1 – ENTRIES OPEN

Our first 2016 round of Nugget Nationals will be held on April the 3rd at Winton Raceway

To avoid disappointment, please ensure you sign up as soon as possible as theses days fill up extremely quickly!

Date: Sunday 3rd April 2016
Track: Winton Raceway
Cost: $175 + CAMS or AASA licence if you don’t already have one.

Nugget Competitors will first need to complete two steps:

  1. Fill in the registration form which can be found HERE.
  2. Fill in an entry form to Round 1 which can be found HERE.

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2015 Nugget Nationals Championship results

It was a very closely contested competition between the two Echo Nugs but without further ado, please join us in congratulating Henry for taking out first place honours in 2015!

Placing: 1st
Driver: Henry Luong
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Photo: Grant Salter gripshiftslide.com

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With Henry coming in at 1540 championship points to Ying’s 1500, she was just a few points shy of taking out the top honours.

Always the bridesmaid but never the bride. Better luck next time Ying Bot!

Placing: 2nd
Driver: Ying Bot
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Photo: Christine Brymner

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Rounding out the top 3 was Viv piloting the little red Sirion. Always making sure he was keeping the troublesome Toyota’s honest on the track, the 1.3 went toe to toe in lap times and held it’s own against the big block 1.5 litre Echo’s.

Special mention to Adam Mills who co-drove this car and finished in 4th place!

Placing: 3rd
Driver: Viv Dilkes-Frayne
Nugget: Daihatsu Sirion GTVI
Photo: Unknown (If you took this photo please let us know so we can give you credit!)

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Full results can be found HERE.

2015 Nugget Nationals Round 4: Wakefield

Due to the paper thin walls and the creakiest floor boards known to man kind, most of our cabin was up well before we needed to be at the track, which was only a few metres from our accommodation.

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As we all rolled into the pits…

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…it was time to get our cars ready for scrutineering.

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With the last round of Nugget Nationals held in NSW we had a few Sydney Nugget competitors come down and join us.

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In possibly the most hotly contested track day of the whole series, the top 4 front runners (Adam, Viv, Henry and Ying) were out setting nail bitingly close lap times.

Nugget Nationals – Session 4

Henry:  1:17.696
Viv: 1:17.810
Ying: 1:17.814
Adam: 1:17.977

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After each session we came back and shared tips with each other, than got annoyed when our fellow competitors went faster after trying new techniques.

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The best thing about Nugget Nationals? We’re all fierce rivals on track but good friends once the helmets come off.

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In a wild last session, Ying somehow managed to take half a second off her previous time which would also ultimately deliver her the first place victory for that round!

Nugget Nationals – Wakefield Results

1st Ying – Toyota Echo Sportivo – 1:17.2
2nd Henry – Toyota Echo Sportivo – 1:17.5
3rd Viv – Daihatsu Sirion GTVI – 1:17.8
4th Adam – Daihatsu Sirion GTVI – 1:17.9
5th Blandon – Toyota Echo – 1:22.3
6th Peter – Nissan Micra – 1:22.4
7th Will – Honda Civic –  1:23.0
8th Jake – Mazda 323 – 1:25.5
9th Wendy – Nissan Micra – 1:27.2

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The next morning the Nuggets and non Nuggets set off for the 700km drive back home to Melbourne.

Big thanks to EXE crew, Nugget Nationals and all the other people who made the trip out. Let’s do this again in 2016!

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2015 Nugget Nationals Round 3: Winton

On Sunday the 13th of September, we tagged along to the EXE track day to hold round 3 of Nugget Nationals.

You know it’s going to be a good day, when you pull back the curtains and see an AZ1 parked outside in the cabin next to yours.

The Nugget Echo’s have been the strong front runners ensuring their attendance at every event.

Stuart was here for his first track day in the Nugget Mirage which he had picked up for $350!

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Although the addition of the fancy  colour coded cage in it didn’t make it look very Nuggety anymore!

Iain was the only member of Team Neverlift to make it down for the weekend. I was sent an SMS from his team mate Seb in the morning to make sure I kept an eye on Iain.

“Make sure he doesn’t kill my car!”

Look at that sinister smirk. Iain later returned the car to Seb with it only firing on 3 cylinders…

With the Nugget competitors lined up on the grid and perfect temperatures, it was going to be a very interesting day for PB’s.

In fact ALL of the Nugget competitors PB’d.

When we first started this series over a year ago, many people had supported us and thought it was a cute idea, but I’m sure not many people would have thought that Nuggets would actually be competitive against the higher powered cars on track.

But boy, did the Nuggets bring it this weekend with FIVE of the competitors cracking into the 1:4x’s and separated by less than a second.

Yes, we’re talking cars with less than 55kw at the wheels placing well in a field of 60 cars. To say we were proud organisers would be an absolute understatement.

Thanks to Kalt, Lime Imagery and Happiness by the Kilowatts for some of the photos I’ve used below.

First Place: David Napo
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:48.45

Second Place: Viv “Van Dyke”
Nugget: Daihatsu Sirion Gtvi
Lap time: 1:48.76

Third Place: Adam Mills
Nugget: Daihatsu Sirion Gtvi
Lap time: 1:48.85

Fourth Place: Henry Luong
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Lap time: 1:49.28

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Fifth Place: Ying Bot
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Lap time: 1:49.40

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Sixth Place: Brendan Dutton
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:50.64

Seventh Place: Iain Mccowan
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:50.87

Eighth Place: Hayden Ryan
Nugget: Toyota Starlet
Lap time: 1:53.37

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Ninth Place: Stuart Chambers
Nugget: Mitsubishi Mirage
Lap time: 1:55.12

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Tenth Place: Matt Doyle
Nugget: Mazda 121
Lap time: 1:56.69

As some of the usual Nuggets were unable to attend, it’ll be interesting to see how the overall series leader board looks after this round before we head to Wakefield in NSW for round 4!

Here we have, Dan’s AZ1 which is definitely no Nugget.

In fact it was my (and many other people’s) favourite car out on the track that day.

He was running the Autozam on 165/50R15 Achilles ATR K Sport tyres and I believe he may take honours at Winton for being the fastest Kei Car(?) with a time of 1:53.14!

As always a big thanks to our good friends at EXE crew for letting the Nuggets tag along.

Well done to all the competitors who continue to surprise everyone and set some great lap times. You all earned your PB’s.

Well done little ones!