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RACE REPORT: MILDURA BIG WIND CAN’T STOP BIG AT ACTION MILDURA An exceptionally windy start to the two-day Sunset Strip Nationals – round three of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series – saw an altered schedule for Sunday’s running and plenty of action to boot at Mildura’s Sunset Strip. Jim Ioannidis (SuperComp), Graeme Cooper (DENSO Super Street), Leon Davies (Super Sedan), Graeme Spencer (Super Gas), Gordon Crawford (Modified Bike), Chris Theo (Top Sportsman), Wade Kisyma (Modified), Bradley Bishop (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster) and Tim Stewart (Supercharged Outlaws) all took victory in their respective classes. Runners-up were Tom Dimitropoulos (SuperComp), Michael Bridges (DENSO Super Street), Joe Bresciano (Super Sedan), Roy Romeo (Super Gas), Dan Dycer (Modified Bike), Greg Damiani (Top Sportsman), Stewart Johnston (Modified), Holly Camilleri (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster) and Jason Keily (Supercharged Outlaws). After having earlier earned the SuperComp Top Qualifiers Medallion – sponsored by The Tile Co-The Shower People, KC Tools and Summit Racing – Ioannidis and his VS Commodore Sedan had a bye in the first round before dispatching Robert Dekert in the semis. Dimitropoulos meanwhile faced Mark Newman and Craig Geddes (semis) on his way to his last race of the weekend. “I am stoked with the result - we have put in the hard yards and we have been rewarded,” Loannidis said at the time. “We have a fast car and we are utilising it now. We are becoming a good little well-oiled machine. “Today unfolded really well. We had a game plan, we stuck to it and we ticked all the boxes. It unfolded exactly how we wanted it to.” The day started well and just got better for DENSO Super Street winner Cooper, with the racer taking out the Top Qualifiers Medallion award for his bracket in his EH Holden Station Wagon before going on to race Harry Harris, Nikolas Karanovic and Peter Jephson ahead of a bye run in the semis. Bridges successfully faced off against Dan Stubbs (semis), Mark Sienczewski, John Kapiris and Jeffrey Farley. It was Cooper’s 36th national event win. “For the Bridges it was their first time ever to a final and I didn’t really care if I won to be honest, as they are just such a beautiful family and it would have been nice to have seen them get their first silver one,” Cooper said.