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35 fastlane To take the Modified Bike victory, Oberti faced off against Jake Hamilton-Moderate in the final after having earlier defeated David McGinn (semi-final), Mario Baker (round two) and Levi Addison (round one) while enjoying a bye run in round three. Hamilton- Moderate meanwhile had booked his spot in the final with a bye in the semi-final following victory over Johnny Ireland, Edge Mallis and Bryan Finn. Last year’s winner, Gordon Crawford, was the Top Qualifier for the bracket. “I am stoked to win this event, I have been down here a few years, I haven’t always raced but I have always crewed for Bradley Hicks and I am just over the moon,” Oberti said of the win which not only saw him claim the Phil Parker Memorial Trophy, but also his first ever ANDRA Christmas Tree. “I can’t really describe how I am feeling at the moment (to win the event and the Phil Parker Memorial Trophy), this is an awesome feeling. “I have to thank my beautiful wife Sonya for supporting me in everything that I do, as well as all of the track crew, staff and volunteers for putting on a great event; and also the competitors,” said the Salisbury Downs (SA) racer. Another first time winner was found in the champion (2017, 2013) fought back tears on- stage as he reflected on his victory in 2018 which came as his wife Audrey battled breast cancer while celebrating the fact that the 2019 event victory finds her having won that battle. Super Street bracket, with Paul Jennings breaking through for his first ANDRA Christmas Tree in his 1965 Nova with victory over Tony Barbara following races against Rodney Kerr, Greg Holland, Garry Hutchins and Michael Bridges. Barbara benefited from a bye run in the semis, having earlier defeated Nikolas Karanovic, Des Jeffree and Craig Ferguson. Also recognised at the Sunday afternoon presentations was Malcolm Todd, who clinched the top spot in qualifying earlier in the weekend. To read what Jennings has to say about his victory, click here. Emotions were also running high for Modified racer Craig Baker, who defended his 2018 South Coast 660 event victory with another win. The two-time Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series national Baker took the trophy – which he presented to his wife – thanks to victory over Chris Farrell, who red-lighted in the final. The Gowanbrae (Victoria) racer had previously faced off against Jess Voigt (semi), Stewart Johnson and Bradley Hicks while Farrell booked his place in the final after a win over Top Qualifier Adam Mundy (semi) followed triumphs over David Willis and Davydd Estcourt. For a special interview with Baker, click here. Glenn Henley was another racer who enjoyed a solo pass to his ANDRA Christmas Tree after runner-up Rick Smith was unable to front for the Top Sportsman final due to a broken rocker. Henley had earlier found wins over Chris Theo (semi), Julian Carafa and Daniel Jones while Smith had defeated Top Qualifier Darren Saliba (semi), Stuart