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38 fastlane TWILIGHT NATIONALS DELIVERS PLENTY OF SMILES There were smiles all round at Mildura’s Twilight Nationals with the first Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Champion for the 18/19 season crowned and plenty of great racing action across all of the brackets. In the Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster bracket, Jake Berias was celebrated as the Australian Champion ahead of Runner-Up Zara Board after a fantastic season which included four event wins. To hear what the 15-year-old Year 10 student from Werribee (Victoria) had to say about it all, please go to our special feature interview with Jake (click here) While Jake and Zara took out the championship honours, it was Amber Young who would claim the Twilight Nationals event trophy after taking out her first ever event win over runner-up Jordan Spencer, who was completing his last ever race in the Junior Dragster bracket. Also awarded at the presentations for the Junior Dragster was Baillie Ponton, who claimed her first ever Top Qualifier Medallion – thanks to TileCo- TheShowerPeople and KC Tools – and a Summit Racing Equipment pack. Joining Jake, Zara and Amber in hoisting ANDRA Christmas Tree trophies at the end of the Twilight Nationals were event winners Colin Griffin (Super Gas), Shane Walker (Modified Bike), Brian Symes (Super Street), Martin Mirco (Super Sedan), Wade Kisyma (Modified), Wayne Talbot (Supercharged Outlaws), Andrew Thompson (Top Sportsman), David Willis (Competition Bike) and Robert Dekert (SuperComp). Runners- up were Adrian McGrotty (Super Gas), Edge Mallis (Modified Bike), Andrew Shirley (Super Street), Jeff Maslin (Super Sedan), Peter O’Connell (Modified), Mike Evans (Supercharged Outlaws), Darren Saliba (Top Sportsman), Danny Rickard (Competition Bike) and Jake Chaisty (SuperComp). The champions for these brackets will be decided at the ANDRA Grand Final event at the Perth Motorplex, to be held across April 6-7. Like Jake, Brian Symes was emotional about his victory over Andrew Shirley in the Super Street bracket which followed earlier races against Peter Jephson (semi), Greg Holland (round three) and Ken Borg (round one) as well as a bye-run in the second round. Shirley meanwhile booked his spot in the final with wins over Mark Sienczewski, Nathaniel Goudswaard and Matthew Smart ahead of a bye in the semis. Earlier in the day, Robyn Phillis claimed the Top Qualifier honours. “I still can’t take the smile off my face, it is very surreal to win something I have dreamed about since I was a kid. My dad got me into drag racing when I was young and ever since then this has been a dream; to actually do it is amazing,” grinned Symes after accepting his trophy. “We had a few dramas – when we were driving up to Mildura from Melbourne I actually noticed I had a leak in my rear brakes. Thankfully I was able to get those fixed by a local mechanic, SRP Performance, who were able to help me out on Friday. On Saturday I was on my lights all day and the car ran well. “I want to thank the staff at the Mildura track for all the work they put in, and also ANDRA and Summit Racing Equipment for putting on the event. This is just an