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36 fastlane McBain and Benny Phillips to secure his ticket to the final. Rob Camilleri took out the top qualifying honours for the category. Super Sedan racer Chris Lioulios was another with a lot to celebrate. By winning his bracket, the Roxby Downs (SA) racer not only went ‘back-to-back’ at the event after winning 2018’s South Coast 660, but also made it ‘three from three’ at Portland as he also claimed the win at the 2018 South Coast Nationals in November. “I am definitely very happy, it has been a great weekend even though we had some problems with the car with the trans brake – I ended up having to foot brake the car old-style which made the win even more rewarding,” Lioulios said. On his way to the victory over Alex Gkroidis in the final, Lioulios took on Martin Mirco (semi-final), Ned Karanovic, Graeme Cooper and Peter Furlanetto while Gkroidis took on Stephen Griffin (semi), Enio Marrocco, Phillip Busbridge and Joe Carbone – setting a ‘Perfect Light’ along the way in his round three battle with Marrocco (click here to see more on Gkroidis’ Perfect Light performance). Earlier in the weekend, as was the case at the South Coast Nationals, “Quite a few people jumped in to help and I have to thank them, including Steve Hunt who put in so much for us, as well as my whole crew, my mate Benny Phillips and my wife Natalie; we couldn’t be happier with the result. “I am hoping to be at Mildura, but Natalie is due to have our first child at any time – I was waiting for the phone call!” he laughed. “I would like to be there and I have entered, but we will have to see how it pans out.” In the Super Gas ranks it all came down to Colin Griffin and Jason Wilson in the final, with Griffin taking victory in his Toyota Celica. The Mount Ridley (Victoria) racer had earlier faced off against Michael DeRose (semi) and Graeme Spencer while Wilson took on Top Qualifier Charlie Saraceno in his semi-final after defeating Anthony Panetta in his opening round. “The first couple of events this season were a little hard for me as we wrapped our heads around the fuel change for the bracket, but at the South Coast 660 I think I finally got on top of it!” Griffin explained. “The car came around and started performing like it should and I was pretty happy with how it all went. It was running well all weekend and didn’t give me any trouble – it sure was a big relief to win as it has been a bit of a dry spell for a little while.