We have stepped things up for 2016! The legendary Mt Panorama and the Gran Prix circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park, this is truly one of the fastest tracks in Australia and sets the men apart from the boys.
With the extra space on the tracks, we’re increasing the number of clubs and club events!
These clubs include -
Road and Track Drivers Club:
RTDC is a Sydney based Motorsport club who are extremely active in Motorkhana and track days. These guys take the seriousness out of Motorsport, and you can always find them with a big smile on their face. However, this may have something to do with the fact they won the Nulon Nationals in 2015 by picking the right team in every round and making sure they collected enough points to protect their lead after round 1.
In addition to this, they also had Trent Nolan who took home first place in the Drivers Championship in his “home built” Mitsubishi Mirage. Hot tip, don’t ever line up next to this car unless you are sporting a 500klw plus package. This little beast is running an Evo drivetrain and has heaps of supporting mods under the bonnet.
Team SAU came within 30 points of making it second in a row this year. They usually come home strong at the drag events, but this year, they held their own in the hill climb and time attack events as well. What cost them 1st place, in the end, was spreading the entries around the club. They didn’t collect bonus points like most of the other clubs for having one driver do all four rounds.
However, this is something we are dropping for the 2016 series in place for vehicle classing. Regardless of this, they still had a blast and will be back for 2016 to teach those RTDC boys that it was just a 12-month lease on that trophy.
Honda Owners Club:
These guys have been with the Nationals since day 1, a mix of the fastest street and track Honda`s in NSW. Coming in third this year in points and edging out a lot of higher powered cars at the drag strip surprised a lot of people.
These little front wheel drive hatchbacks are looking to make it better this year with a focus on taking maximum points at each round. The boys from BYP will bring their experience on car control and handling while some of the crazier members will just add more Nitrous. Either way, these guys will have a lot of fun in 2016.
These guys have been at the forefront of performance tuning and Motorsport for the better part of 15 years. A well-established club with a lot of talented drivers and even faster cars. Evo Oz is another club that has been with us since the start.
George, Eric and the team have flown the Mitsubishi flag for the club at every round and placing the club in the top 3 at almost every event. 2016 will be no different, with a host of heavy hitters already confirmed.
Ford Owners Club:
After some early struggles getting the right cars for the event, 2015 was a much better year for the Ford Owners Club. A great mix of cars, drivers and performance levels.
We had everything from 800hp street cars to purpose-built track cars. One car that we fell in love with this year was the hand-made GT40 which Jim wasn’t scared of driving. The Ford Owners Club is made up of members of the Australian Ford Forums, and with a great bunch of guys at the helm, we are sure they will have a blast in 2016.
HSV Owners Club:
One of the largest clubs in Australia, the NSW Arm of the HSV Owners Club is another team that have been with us since day 1. Their experience in running super sprints, drag events and even charity cruises has been a great help to the team at Nulon.
The event wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of Ian and the team. Now although sometimes their fastest car doesn’t have an HSV badge on it, they always turn up with the best-presented cars and are very smart at matching the driver and the event. HSV Owners Club managers also share the spots around with the entire group which means more people get to come and enjoy the day.
MX-5 Club of NSW
The MX-5 Club has surprised a few people in this year’s event, knocking off the heavy hitters in the hill climb and Motorkhana. The level of drivers is high, matched with a well-balanced chassis and these little convertibles can slog it with the big guys on the track.
All they have to do is work out what Drag racing is, and they will be a top 3 team in 2016. One of the biggest things we have noticed with our events is the community of like-minded car people it has brought together, and the MX-5 Club has a huge part to play in this. Always happy to lend a hand, give feedback or simply enjoy a drink and a chat after the event.
86 Driver Club Inc
86 (BRZ) is one of the best tuning chassis released in the Australian market over the past ten years, RWD, great balance and a huge range of aftermarket parts make this a fun car to own.
These cars are almost suits to this style of event, they are fast around a track, fast up a hill and can smash out a motorkhana with ease. Combine that with very talented drivers, Josh Leask and Steve Pembrey, and you have yourself a top 3 team. We believe 2016 is going to be the year of the 86. Watch out for these guys, they’re bringing their A game.
Impreza WRX Club
2016 is the first year the WRX club has been selected to compete in the Nationals event in 2016. Michael and the team are not coming here to make up the numbers either.
After seeing the level of cars at Subi Nats at Wakefield this year, these guys have the cars to take on Evos and GTRs in the AWD class. They are also very experienced in Motorkhanas so will collect a bunch of points there as well. We feel that the inclusion of the WRX club completes our huge variety of cars to our event, we can’t wait to see what they will bring next year.
Club Deutsche – German Hot Hatch
2015 was the first year of Club Deutsche in the Nulon Nationals; it is widely made up of Ford, VW, Opel and a very cool HSV hatchback. Although these cars don’t have the same speed as some of the other teams, each member drives to and from the track, and often these cars are their daily driven cars.
Unlike most of the other teams, their bonnets are shut all day, and they can focus on having fun at the track rather than chasing engine, gearbox, clutch, ECU or brake issues. Expanding this club’s reach in 2016 will see them mix it up with the other clubs for speed at the hill climb and time attack.
The new classing system will also see them shoot up the leader board. A great team to have in the mix as they add more variety to our event.
The clubs are what makes our event, so fun and enjoyable. We encourage all club members to come down and get involved in our events, Driving, spectating, even helping your team with setting up a club display.
2016 is going to be huge for the Nationals event so if you have ever thought about getting into club racing, now is the time.
Nulon Nationals is a low-cost Motorsport event with Nulon covering the entry costs, allowing free access to pits and open access for spectators.
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