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ANDRA: First Christmas Trees Lifted in SRESS Battle

ANDRA australian national drag racing association

2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series
Hidden Valley Drag Strip
July 15-16, 2022

ANDRA: First Christmas Trees Lifted in SRESS Battle

The first ANDRA Christmas Tree trophies for the 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series season have been hoisted at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip this evening, following the conclusion of the season-opening Top End Nationals event.

Making the most of their opportunity in the finals this evening were event winners Mark Tattingham (Modified Bike), Ned Karanovic (Super Sedan), Tommy Turic (Super Street), Greg Damiani (Top Sportsman) and Butch Morrison (Supercharged Outlaws).

ANDRA MarK Tattingham
Mark Tattingham

Also celebrated at the end-of-night presentations were event runners-up Brian Alvisio (Modified Bike), Gary Baker (Super Sedan), Theo Karamanidis (Super Street), Kevin McIvor (Top Sportsman) and Alan Mahnkoph (Supercharged Outlaws).

ANDRA Brian Alvisio
Brian Alvisio

In Modified Bike, Leanyer (NT) racer Mark Tattingham took out the win over the red-lighting Queenslander Brian Alvisio despite pulling a huge wheelstand off the line which saw him well off his dial-in.

Tattingham and his Kawasaki ZX12R had earlier taken on and defeated Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier Leith Darrach in round one before enjoying a bye in round two ahead of a semi-final win from Dean Gunson. Alvisio raced his way to the finals with wins from Dale Smith (round one), Wayne Patterson (round two) and Ian Read (semis).


For full results from the Top End Nationals, please visit https://www.andra.com.au/series/results/

ANDRA thanks the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association and all of its volunteers and sponsors for an outstanding racetrack and a well-run event.

The 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series season will now head to Alice Springs Inland Dragway for the Desert Nationals, set to be held this coming Saturday and Sunday (July 23/24). For event information, visit www.cadra.com.au


The new 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series season has burst into life at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip this evening, with the first qualifying passes of the Top End Nationals event completed.

At the close of today’s action, Leith Darrach (Modified Bike), Sarah-Mae Bates (Super Street), Tony Miskelly (Super Sedan), Greg Damiani (Top Sportsman) and Alan Mahnkoph (Supercharged Outlaws) are topping the qualifying sheets for their respective brackets.

ANDRA Leith Darrach
Leith Darrach

In Modified Bike, last year’s winner Allan Henry had a hold on the top qualifying spot for the first two sessions, before it was snatched first by Dale Smith (Q3) and then by Leith Darrach (Q4) – who has been through the ringer getting ready for this event.

“Getting to the race track was the best part of the day, it has been mayhem leading up as we have been putting in long hours and only just got parts on Monday – we have been building non-stop to get here today. The effort has been herculean really,” Darrach said.

“At the last event we overheated the motor, so we basically had to build a whole new motorcycle after the last round. We only got to run the second heat cycle on it this morning, changed the braking oil, and then came to the race track.

“I am really happy – it is a PB for me on the bike in Australia; I have been chasing to get back to the glory of what it used to run, so I am really happy.

“I am really hoping I can back it up tomorrow, I am feeling positive and I am looking forward to getting out there and having a good go.

“We might see if we can knock a couple more tenths off it if we can, but I would be happy to just keep it the same and keep it consistent – having two passes within two thousandths of a second of each other in this style is pretty good, so we are tempted to just leave well enough alone,” he grinned.

“I want to send a big shout out to my wife for her patience this week as it has been pretty trying, and also to Hi-Tec Oils, EB Speed for all the support and the advice, Ape Racing for helping me out with the engine parts – they have been amazing – and also Pure Performance Motorsports.

“I am looking forward to seeing how we pull up tomorrow; I am going out there to run some numbers, and hopefully set some PBs.”



The Australian National Drag Racing Association Ltd, or ANDRA for short, is the drag racing sanctioning body of Australia. The organization was created in 1973 from a more drag racing oriented faction of the Australian Hot Rod Federation. Today ANDRA sanctions races throughout Australia and throughout the year at all levels, from Top Fuel to Junior Dragster, on everything from temporary regional tracks to international standard facilities in capital cities. ANDRA and its members make drag racing a family-friendly, safe sport. So come along as a spectator or bring your street car to an “off-street” event and enjoy the excitement that is Australian drag racing. www.andra.com.au

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