Maiden win spurs Giannaros on to Darwin

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Super Street racer Michael Giannaros took out his first ANDRA Christmas Tree at the weekend’s Desert Nationals and is now making an impromptu trip to this weekend’s NT Nationals as a result.

The event at Alice Springs Inland Dragway at the weekend was the opening round of the 2019/2020 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, which will continue at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip this weekend (August 9-10).

Giannaros’ victory aboard his 1984 Holden VK Commodore came from his first ever Super Street final and with its fair share of nerves for the South Australian racer.

“It was definitely a tough weekend but the most nerve wracking part was when I had a re-run in the semi-final,” Giannaros said while thanking his wife, crew, Alice Springs Inland Dragway, ANDRA and Summit Racing Equipment.

“I thought I’d won the semi and I was very excited to go to the final but then we had to do a re-run due to a faulty light, but thankfully it went in my favour again and I got to the final against Chris Hodge.

“I was very happy to run against him, I knocked him out on the first run last year so it was good we got to run against each other in the final – it was a very close run and I wasn’t sure who had won at the end of the line, I didn’t realise he had red lit.

“I was very happy to get to my first final and then to get my first ANDRA Christmas Tree – I was just stoked, I couldn’t believe it.

“That is why I am going to Darwin – I wasn’t planning on racing at the NT Nationals but I had such a good time at Alice Springs and everything went in my favour, so I have booked my ticket and I am heading to Darwin!

“I am going to do exactly the same at the NT Nationals as I did at the Desert Nationals and see what happens – it will be my first time at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip, so I am looking forward to it.”

Round two of the 2019/2020 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, the NT Nationals, will be held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Drag Strip this weekend (August 9 and 10). For more information, visit or


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