There would of been a lot of ticks on bucket-lists for Round 2 of Nulon Nationals in 2016, as the series would be trekking to not only one of the better hillclimb venues in Australia, but one of the greatest pieces of tarmac in the world. Mount Panorama, Bathurst was to play host to 2-Days of club racing action for the Nulon Nationals series.
A foggy morning on the Saturday brought 80+ Drivers from 9 Clubs & Workshops to tackle the day, you could sense the excitement and nervousness from the drivers. At this Mountain, if you don’t respect it’s ribbon of tarmac, it WILL bite you. Something it proved over the two days.
The hillclimb also brought out some serious cars, with nearly 3 of the 4 WTAC classes represented. V-Sport brought Turbo Timmy, their fast Time Attack Toyota 86, BYP had the ever fast Honda Integra DCR2, Matt Cole with his fire breathing RX7 and Chris Alexander from CJA Motorsport with his Nissan R32 Skyline Pro-Am car.
The Esses Hillclimb was run on the Saturday, which starts about 60m down from Forrest Elbow and runs back up to the crest of the Esses/ Skyline. A relatively short (750m) yet steep course, would allow the drivers to ease into the event, before the faster and longer Mountain Straight course on Day 2.
Day 2 started with less fog compared to Saturday, which made for a nice view down over sleepy Bathurst.
The Mountain Straight course runs for 1.7km from the crest of Mountain Straight all the way to 50m past Reid Park on top of the mountain.
It was a brilliant weekend. Congrats to all Outright, Club, Class and Workshop winners!
Be sure to check out the coverage from Round 3 from Sydney Motorsport Park coming very soon.