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people have come up to help me and the family were here with me. It has been a great team effort – everyone has a team but you can’t do this without a great team and I certainly have a great team. Thanks also to my sponsors of course, they help get me here, I just have to thank everyone for backing me; I am stoked.” Like Karamanidis, Voigt was another first-time winner, claiming the victory in the Modified bracket during her maiden trip to the Hidden Valley Drag Strip. The South Australian took on local racer Bull in the final after having earlier dispatched Ashley Johnston (semi) and Mick Bowden (round one) while enjoying a bye run in round two. Bull had his own bye run in the semi-final after having earlier faced off against Sergio Bonetti (round two) and David Hutchen (round one). The victory came as quite a surprise for Voigt, who confessed she had not been expecting the result. For more on what she had to say, click here. Earlier in the racing proceedings, Modified Top Qualifier Medallion recipient Farrell continued his speedy work of Friday to reset the national A/MA speed record to 188.17 miles per hour – becoming the first to set a national record at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip in the process. “I was pretty confident we would be able to set the record in Darwin as I tested at Swan Hill Dragway three weeks before the event and I ran a 188.97mph p ass as well as a couple of ‘188s’,” Farrell explained while thanking Daniel Collings Auto Electric, Craig Carrison Race Engines, Matt Despirit Transmissions, his wife Jenny, nephew Joshua and his whole family for their ongoing support; as well as Steve and Leanne Braggs and his South Coast crew who travelled with him to the event. “As long as the air was good I was pretty confident we could do it, and it was. The track was brilliant too of course and I knew the car could do it. “When we ran that pass on the Saturday in the first round of eliminations I could feel that we had nailed it. We launched it hard, with the track being good we knew we could wind it up a bit and traction wouldn’t be a problem. “After that we switched our focus to the racing in round two, but unfortunately, I missed the light – my visor fogged up a bit and I struggled with a light shining on the tree, but that is racing and you just have to learn and be ready next time.” For Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster racer Berias it was a good weekend from start to finish with the Victorian youngster claiming the Top Qualifying honours before going on to take the win in the final over local racer (Marlow Lagoon) Aiden Abel. On his way to the victory Berias also raced and won against Madison Harris (semi) and one of Aiden’s sisters, Danielle Abel (round one), while also taking in a bye run in round two. Aiden meanwhile defeated his sister, Michelle Abel (round one), before going on to take the win over Zara Board in round two ahead of a bye in his semi-final. “From the start of the weekend it was good, we came out a bit slow but from the second qualifier we were a bit faster and we stayed number one,” said Berias, who thanked Harley Heaven Melbourne, Berias Vegetable Farms and Werribee South Farm Supplies as well as his mum and dad. “As it got cooler, we tried going a bit faster and went a bit too fast; and then (Saturday) was just brilliant. All day was good, we won the first round and had a bye into the semis, and then we won that and the final was that close you couldn’t even see it.” In the Modified Bike bracket the spectators were on tenterhooks for what was an all-NT final when Tattingham (from Leanyer) and Heath Costello (Howard Springs) faced off for the event honours. Winner Tattingham and his Kawasaki ZX12R had booked his ticket to the final stand-off after earlier defeating Mick Day (semi) and Edge Mallis (round one) and Leith Darrach (round two). Unfortunately, the race against Darrach saw the Top Qualifier come off his bike in the braking area and he was transported to hospital for observation. The racer was soon on social media assuring everyone that he was going to be A-okay. Costello meanwhile had an easy ticket to the final aboard his Harley Davidson with a bye- run earned courtesy of earlier wins over Colin ‘Baldy’ Sainsbury and Johnny ‘Hog’ Ireland. To hear what Tattingham had to say about his break-through win, click here. It was an all-South Aussie final in Super Sedan with reigning champion and event winner Tzokas and runner-up Todd putting on a show for the fans. Todd had earlier taken wins over Mick Fenton (semi) and Bill Ausling in his Holden Gemini after earlier enjoying a bye run in round one. Meanwhile on his way to what was a back-to- back Nitro Up North victory, Tzokas had taken victory in his Holden Torana over Michael Dureau (round one) and Ned Karanovic (round two) before taking a bye run in the semi-final. In the Supercharged Outlaws bracket, South Australian Hunt found himself in the final against New South Wales’ Stephen after having defeated Mike Evans in the semi-final and Butch Morrison earlier in the night in his 1956 Ford Customline. Stephen and his 33 Dodge meanwhile took a semi-final win against Troy Wittner who had the chutes out early and also Adam Murrihy (round one), who had earlier this weekend taken out the Top Qualifier Medallion for the bracket. ANDRA thanks the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association as well as all of the volunteers and sponsors for an outstanding race track and a well-run event For full results from Nitro Up North at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip, please click here. Images thanks to HighRPM