3 November 2019: East Coast Thunder - Round 1, 400 Thunder series
The 2018 East Coast Thunder meeting held at Sydney Dragway saw ten competitors front for the Pro Alcohol bracket. The first round of qualifying saw Chris record a 5.612 at 254.28 mph to be in second position. Chris's second pass saw him improve with a 5.594 at a slightly slower 254.28. Rain washed out the third qualifying session and Chris ended up qualifying the East Coast Mustangs & Camaro Parts funny car in second position.
In the first elimination round Chris recorded a 5.604 at 254.38 to defeat Nigel Johnson's dragster. In the second round the motor let go at the finish line, but Chris's 5.730 at a slowing 222.77 was quick enough to defeat Justin Walshe's altered. With a damaged engine, Chris could not make the final against Rob Ambruosi and had to settle for the runner up trophy. Chris now sits in second position in the championship.