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34 fastlane SOUTH COAST RACEWAY DELIVERS EMOTIONAL VICTORIES YET AGAIN Under beautiful blue skies at South Coast Raceway in mid- January, the 2019 South Coast 660 and round six of the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series once again delivered popular and emotional victories after two great days of on-track action. The January 12/13 event hosted more than 150 racers who delivered race fans with plenty of exciting racing from start to finish, but it would be Colin Griffin (Super Gas), Jake Berias (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Paul Jennings (Super Street), Greg Oberti (Modified Bike), Chris Lioulios (Super Sedan), Craig Baker (Modified), Glenn Henley (Top Sportsman), Paul Stephen (Supercharged Outlaws) Rob Cassar (Competition Bike) and Craig Geddes (SuperComp) who ultimately took out victory in their respective classes. Runners-up were Jason Wilson (Super Gas), Brodie Zappia (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Tony Barbara (Super Street), Jake Hamilton-Moderate (Modified Bike), Alex Gkroidis (Super Sedan), Chris Farrell (Modified), Rick Smith (Top Sportsman), Jason Keily (Supercharged Outlaws) Danny Rickard (Competition Bike) and Mick Simic (SuperComp). Also on offer were two perpetual trophies which were introduced at last year’s South Coast 660 – the Chris Stewart Memorial Trophy in Supercharged Outlaws and the Phil Parker Memorial Trophy for Modified Bike – with Paul Stephen and Greg Oberti obviously very pleased to take out the special accolades. Thanks to his Supercharged Outlaws victory, Raby (NSW) racer Paul Stephen not only took home the Chris Stewart Memorial Trophy and an ANDRA Christmas Tree, but will also have his name inscribed on a special Chris Stewart memorial shield housed at South Coast Raceway’s HQ. In addition, he also received the Top Qualifier’s Medallion thanks to TileCo-TheShowerPeople and KC Tools as well as a Summit Racing Equipment pack after topping qualifying on day one of the event. Stephen completed a solo pass to clinch the victory after last year’s winner Jason Keily was left stranded behind the start line when his car failed to start. Stephen had earlier dispatched Mark Hunt in the semis after enjoying a bye in the opening round, while Keily had taken a win from Mike Evans in round one ahead of a semi-final bye. “The Chris Stewart Memorial Trophy is pretty special to me. I am proud to have that one in the trophy cabinet for sure; he was a good man, a genuine bloke, and it was a sad day, that is for sure,” said Stephen. “Overall, the weekend was great, I couldn’t fault the car – it ran like it was on rails, we top qualified and went through the rounds and it was just spot on with not one drama all weekend, it was one of those great weekends. “My thanks goes to the staff and everyone down there, this is fantastic: it has been a long time between drinks but I have my second tree now; the other one now has a partner!” concluded Stephen, while thanking supporters Atlantic Oils, Smart Fuels, Craig’s Automatics and Macarthur Garages, as well as Flat Out Services for his chassis.