Pedal fest for Zap

John Zappia presented the Striker Top Doorslammer Monaro at his home track last weekend for the spectacular Top Fuel two-day event. Competing in the local “Top Comp” competition, Zap and his crew were back testing the new clutch combo but most of the runs ended up hazing the tyres for the ¼ mile, or blowing off the tyres completely and forcing Zap to pedal repeatedly.

“We just got nowhere with this combo”, said an upbeat Zappia today, “Investigations have discovered a possible faulty batch of clutch plates that have been causing problems for several Group 1 teams, including some Top Fuel teams here at the weekend.”

“Finding that out was a relief in a way, as myself and our clutch man Gerry and I tried everything we could think of to get some sort of base line, or workable starting point. Our previous clutch combo was relatively easy to set up and remain ultra consistent. We can usually predict the settings down to very small increments.”

“First run Friday night just blew the tyres off on the hit and I rolled through for a 7.166et @ 209.79mph. We took everything out of the clutch and the second pass slipped the clutch all the way to a 6.058et @ 237.46mph that put a smile on all our faces, especially as I had a slight pedal half way through first gear. That placed us third in the qualifying list at 0.462 under our index of 6.520”.

“On the Saturday afternoon we tried another two passes but the Rat just stood up on the tyres and hazed them for the quarter! A 6.581et @ 231.95mph and 6.646et @ 222.77mph were the results”.

“First round was up against Peter Nowak in the CC/DA dragster. On the hit the Rat went crazy, and I used up most of the lane and knocked out the cones in the centerline as it smoked the tyres. I thought I could still beat him, so I stayed in it to the finish trying to get the win – but Peter beat me to the line with a 7.114et to my 6.646et @ 213.27mph. My crew standing on the start line said they could read the sponsors names on the side of the car as it passed down the quarter!”

John Zappia lived up to his reputation as a wild driver, with big long smoky burnouts and efforts to control his 3,000 horsepower monster that had the local crowd smiling. The Striker Monaro in 5-second form now looks relatively sedate on a run, but the crowd quickly remembered the three years of wild and crazy driving (including hitting walls) it took to get the HQ to that stage of development. Zap remains the crowd favourite at his home track.

“We now start our preparation for the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship Round 4 2008 N R M A Summernationals on 15 – 16th Feb at Western Sydney International Dragway, NSW.”

“We are strongly focused on winning the championship this season, and a win at Sydney would put us a long way ahead.”

Photos courtesy High Octane Photos


Zap wins B Final at USA Jet Meeting

Quick man John Zappia fronted the Perth Motorplex for the “USA Jets” National Open meeting with his Striker Top Doorslammer Monaro last weekend to compete in Top Comp, and took out the B Final trophy.

Racing on the weekend continued further clutch development, with qualifying passes in the afternoon of 6.544et @ 222.77mph and 6.218et @ 232.55mph with wheel spin off the line. The passes put Zap 7th in the qualifying list 0.202 under his index.

First elimination final was up against Darwin competitor Mathew Abel in his Hemi powered AA/G Capri. Zap took the win with a 6.141et @ 232.55mph against Abel’s red lighting 6.637et @ 202.70mph.

“We are getting closer with the clutch on this set up” said Zap, “But the data logger showed us that a cylinder was dead on that last run backing up from the burnout. We later found an exhaust rocker broken, and the engine had been running on seven cylinders at very high boost for the run.”

The next round competitor was Aaron Deery in the Top Alcohol dragster, which did not front due to damage. Rather than risk the engine, Zap staged the car for the B Final win.

“I had run the car on seven cylinders before after a lead was left off, and the crank ended up breaking in two and damaging the block, so I did not want a repeat of that. We were happy to collect the win and maintain top spot in the GT Radial Tyres Top Comp championship”.

Zappia Racing hired the track on the Sunday following the meeting, and carried out further testing on the clutch setup.

“Nothing to report really on the test day – we tried a few different combinations and gained some more data. We just need to sit down during the week and study the data and come up with a solution.”

“It’s good to be leading both the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship, and the local Top Comp Championship – it’s a testimony to the support of all our sponsors, and the hard work the team are putting in.”

“We have one more local round here in Perth before we travel to the east coast for Round 4 of the Top Doorslammer Championship in Sydney. It’s a huge meeting for Western Australians with the Top Fuel Dragsters visiting from the east coast on 1st and 2nd Feb for a two day meeting.”


Zappia wins 36th Annual Goldenstates Championship in Perth

John Zappia won Round Three of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship at Kwinana Motorplex this weekend with a stunning array of low et passes that blitzed the thirteen car field.

Zappia top qualified with a 6.025et @ 239.36 with two of the three qualifying runs available.

“The weekend was a real success for the team, and everything ran smooth and to plan. Winning the event to extend our lead in the Championship, and getting consistently into the fives were the main focus” said Zap, “the five in the semi final against Benny was a benchmark for us, and it was only the track condition late at night that prevented another in the final.”

“The Striker HQ Monaro has now run five 5 second passes with the new TFX/PSI combination. We ran five 5 second passes with the old Walt Austin BAE/Whipple combo, but I know this new combo has more potential for me as a tuner.”

“Most teams struggled with getting the power to the ground on the new concrete surface here at the Perth Motorplex. We use our own four link rear end, which takes longer to set up but provides a better result for us long term. The B & J transmission also makes a big difference over the Lenco – a fact most teams are happy to ignore.”

“The Mickey Thompson tyres were excellent for us over the weekend, with minimal tyre shake and good traction.”

“The meeting was the first for new major sponsor Force Tools Australia, who was thrilled with the exposure and win for the team.”

The Striker Monaro top qualified on Friday night with a 6.025et @ 239.36mph after a first pass of 6.087@236.84. Weather interruptions forced the third qualifying session to be cut short, and teams were offered a last session on the Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

“We chose to sit out the third Saturday qualifier due to the unstable weather conditions and the fact we were on our last blower belt, and I thought we should save the car for eliminations. We are excellent at thrashing and completing amazing turnarounds, but we are getting used to a more planned and professional approach to our racing.”

First elimination round was a safe straight 6.051et @ 238.72mph pass for Zap to take the win over Robyn Judd’s 6.173et @ 241.28mph. Second round saw Zap get more serious in his tuning, thrilling his local crowd with a 5.956et @ 239.36mph win over Ben Brays tyre shaking 6.804et @ 163.33mph.

“I saw the final as an excellent opportunity to set our quickest time ever, but the car shook a little and I had to pedal – I think Steve had the same problem in the other lane, as the track was a little cold that late in the night. A 6.144et @ 234.98mph was enough to beat Stanic’s 6.580et @ 231.36mph.”

John Zappia now leads the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 343 points, ahead of Stanic on 240, Bishop on 185, Phillips on 160 and the Brays on 155 and 150 points.

“It’s a good lead, and hopefully this may be our year with a lot of luck and a more professional approach bringing us success. Makes up for the last couple of seasons as runner-up, where we had a lot of unforced errors and failures.”

“We will now run three local meetings to test new equipment in preparation for Round 4 of Top Doorslammer on 15 – 16th Feb at the N R M A Summernationals in Western Sydney International Dragway.”

Following is a brief recap of the event by Simon Cope …

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After rain disrupted Friday night qualifying the last few teams that did not get a chance to run were permitted to run a special 3 pm session on Saturday afternoon. After the dust settled though the qualifying order didn’t really change much with an unusually slow 6.40 bump for the Doorslammers.

Regardless of the bump the field was packed with heavy hitters all capable of taking out the event, as long as they can knock Zappia out who has shown consistently outstanding form over the last several meetings and qualified with over a tenth on the rest of the field. Most teams struggled in qualifying without showing their best in the tricky conditions but everyone needs the points in the Championship chase so nothing will be left in the trailer.

Top Doorslammer Round 1

With the traditional blessing and National Anthem completed at 6pm it was time to get racing under way with the Top Doorslammers out first.

Gary Phillips and Ben Bray are out first through the tunnel, some businesslike burnouts they are back and into stage quickly, both leave well but Phillips strikes a little shake around 330’ and has to peddle and the timers tell the story with a 6.36 for Phillips to Bray’s tidy 6.12 as they start to get after the tuneup.

Second pair out is Steve Stanic and Stuart Bishop in their immaculate Camaro’s, Stanic and old hand at the Motorplex but struggling at recent events here. This is Bishop’s first competition lap here so it will be interesting to see which way they have gone with the tune since they qualified well ahead of Stanic. Both cars strike trouble early on though, Bishop is all over the track off the line and aborts and it’s shake for Stanic and he peddles it through to take with win with a 6.23. Later on we find out Bishop really had his hands full – the quick-release steering wheel came free on the launch!

Peter Kapiris and Brett Stevens out for the third pair, Kapiris coming to grips with a new tuner on the spanners and Brett looking to turn the event around for the team with only one car qualified. True to form Brett runs through to take the win with a tidy 6.14 win after thrashing with an engine change overnight. In the other lane Kapiris has a shake around 100’ and has to peddle slowing the run to a 6.45.

Final pairing out now, it’ll be Robin Judd up against top qualifier John Zappia who can play it safe and conserve the car a bit, sure enough it’s a straight and soft looking 6.05 for Zappia and a solid and well improved 6.17 from Judd however it’ll be Zappia through to the semis.

Top Doorslammer Round 2

Round 2 of Top Doorslammer and Brett Stevens just squeaks into the lanes after a massive thrash to replace another engine and drivetrain in Jack Daniel’s Falcon. He will be up against Stanic, so this should be a great race. Stanic is out with a wheelstand in the top of first gear and then powers straight down track for a great 6.06 to put Stevens out of action, despite a consistent 6.18 from the Ford. It looks like Brett might not have expected that from the Camaro tonight!

On the other side of the ladder we have Ben Bray vs crowd favourite John Zappia, the Bray camp will have to throw everything at this to try to get past Zappia and into the finals. Ben is out with a good RT, but it looks like they’ve gone too far as the car steps out on Ben at the 330’ mark. Zappia meanwhile has it running like it’s on rails, he blitzes past Benny to run a meeting best (so far!) 5.95!!! which brought the house down as the fans went wild when the numbers flashed up on the read out borads..

Top Doorslammer Final

With the air hovering around 170’ all eyes are on John Zappia who announced his intention to reclaim the world Doorslammer record, currently held by an American at 5.912. Zappia will need a 5.911 or better, the air is certainly there to make the horsepower but will they be able to stick it to the track?

Strong burnouts from both cars and there’s a lot of ice on Zappia’s hat in the dense air tonight after the long back up. Zappia out on the green with a much improved RT but still not match for Stanic’s lightning 0.058. The Monaro doesn’t stick as well as they hoped though and it starts to move around into second gear, a quick peddle and still manages to take the win with a 6.14. Steve Stanic meanwhile also has to peddle the Camaro and runs through for a 6.58.



Zappia wins third straight East Coast Nationals

On Saturday John Zappia beat legend Victor Bray in the final of the East Coast Nationals at Western Sydney International Raceway, Sydney Australia to win Round 1 of the Australian ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship – with a five second pass!

Zap has to be close to being proclaimed the formost alky doorslammer tuner in this country, with performances of 6.036, 5.988, 6.031, 6.006, and 5.965 demonstrating mastery over the difficult PSI blower and lock up clutch combination used here in Australia. No other team came close to that sort of consistency, but several racers notified the class that their performances are approaching the magic five second zone.

On Friday Zap top qualified in the Striker Monaro Top Doorslammer with a 5.988et on his second qualifier, after running a 6.036et earlier. “First pass I got out of the groove to the left, which is unsual for our car. We had changed a lot of weight distribution on the car including Aurora’s new protoype four link rod ends, and it took us a while to set up the suspension again.” said Zap, “It still went hard though, and made an interesting tyre hopping stop in the braking area. Second qualifier was dead straight and I actually short shifted to second and third – just shows how much torque we are making to run a five.”

“First round run against Brett “The Boss” Stevens was a danger run for us, as Brett can pull some amazing performances from nowhere. I must have staged crooked, as I took off to the left again, but managed to bring it back for a nice 6.031et @ 237.13mph and a win over Brett’s 6.989et @ 214.40mph.”

“The Semi Final run against Stuart Bishop again was a possibility of a tough race as well. The newcomer to Top Doorslammer is making some serious horsepower in his Camaro with huge mph, and a 6.022 in qualifying. The car went dead straight on this run and really hauled to a 6.006et @ 239.61mph win. Speaking to Bishop at the end of the track, he showed me the graze marks on the side of the car where he hit the wall after a monster wheelstand and 6.401et @ 203.03mph awkward pass.”

“The final was up against my old mate Victor. Seems like yesterday we were running mid sixes in our old Outlaw cars against each in the early 90′s at the now closed Ravenswood International Raceway in Perth. We hotted the TFX up a little for the final run and gave the clutch a little more to ensure we had the power. Victor got me on the startline and I could see him ahead of me out of the corner of my eye, but when I punched second the Striker Monaro torque monster edged ahead and really took off to a 5.965et @ 240.85mph win – around half a car ahead of Victor who managed a 6.045et @ 230.33mph.”

“I am thrilled to have won this event again – we love the track and the atmosphere here in Sydney, and have lots of special memories, today included. Many thanks to the Zappia Racing crew, who were sensational over the weekend working on the Rat. We have delivered for our naming rights sponsors Striker Crushing and Screening, and Major Sponsors Rentco, Pigdon Portable Restorations, Fuchs, AGI Insulation, Trustek, Mickey Thompson Tyres, Beta Spuds, and our longest serving major sponsors Southside Engine Centre. We are aiming to win the Championship this year, and this win is a good start towards that process.”

“We are now looking forward to round 2 of Top Doorslammer at Willowbank for the 42nd Australian Nationals in 2 weeks time (14-16 Sept) where we will lock horns with Victor on his home track and another top field of Doorslammers. We hope to repeat the results of this weekend and would love to see as many of our sponsors, friends and supporters at Willowbank to cheers us on”.


Top Doorslammer 2006/2007 Championship Runner-up John Zappia and his Zappia Racing Team are in Sydney, Australia well prepared for the new season opening round of Top Doorslammer at the AC Delco East Coast Nationals, hosted at Western Sydney International Raceway.

Nestled inside the Zappia Racing pit area is the most potent sedan car in the country – the Striker Top Doorslammer Monaro. World record holding, and still the quickest doorslammer in the land of Oz with the ANDRA National Record certificate proudly hanging on Zap’s wall at home, the Striker Monaro now has the potential to go even quicker.

“With Striker Crushing and Screening increasing their naming rights sponsorship, and ordering a second Top Doorslammer to be built for Striker Director Craig Pedley to drive, we are pretty excited and well prepared for the next few seasons at the top of the sport.” said an animated Zappia in Sydney this week, “We have a number of new sponsors finalising their packages with us, and we welcome Major Sponsors Pigdon Portable Restorations, AGI Insulation who join Rentco, Fuchs, Trustek, Mickey Thompson Tyres and Southside Engine Centre who have resigned for the new season.”

“All this backing has allowed us to purchase brand new gear like the rest of the top runners have been doing – brand new PSI Supercharger, brand new TFX block, the latest cranks and heads – all components that will allow us to go even quicker – maybe into the 5.8 zone, and faster – hopefully into the 245mph zone.”

“The PSI Supercharger has different characteristics to the Whipple Supercharger we have been using. Besides being 40 pounds lighter, the boost comes on a lot quicker and stronger – the reason you see teams blowing tyres off, shaking and having difficulty getting a tune just right to settle the car down. But we have been tuning blown alky engines for over 20 years now, and with the Motec Datalogger and other software programs we have developed, my job of tuning is easier these days.”

“We have a head start with this new combination, having already gone 5 seconds after the third pass at a local round in Perth last season. Good enough to start the new season with I reckon. We continue to chase the one percent areas, with fine tuning and experimentation to get extra performance needed to keep ahead of the pack.”

John Zappia will be competing against nineteen other fierce Top Doorslammer teams on Friday night eliminations, all fighting for eight spots in the elimination rounds.

“This East Coast Nationals has become our signature event – winning the last two in a row and featuring the World’s first five second doorslammer pass. I have had good luck here at WSID, and a lot of good memories. Fans are more than welcome in our pit area and I take time out to personally sign merchandise and have a quick chat to fans.”




John Zappia was all smiles this week after reflecting back on his 2006/2007 Top Doorslammer racing season, and his stunning win at the Winternationals last week. Zap finished second in the Championship with 521 points, 19 points behind Garry Phillips 540 points who managed to secure his championship with a strong qualifying effort.

“The Winters was our event – everything before and during the event went so smooth and without any dramas – something we have been working very hard to achieve with our preventative maintenance program. To top qualify, then win the event with a 5.996 was another highlight of my career” said Zap, “I don’t think any of the fans could be dissapointed with qualifying in Top Doorslammer, with 21 cars trying to qualify into eight positions.”

“Our 6.122 required a pedal, and the 6.031 used up most of the track on the run, and the third 6.252 required a pedal and was a little skatey after I rolled through the beams at the start. The 6.031 was enough to top the qualifying list by two hundredths, and we were very happy with that. We have proved well and truly we are the quickest doorslammer in Australia, having Top Qualified for six out of the seven rounds this year.”

“First eliminator was a gift, as Stanic rolled through the beams disqualifying himself. I saw that, and gave the Striker Monaro everything I had – a 6.031et @ 235.73mph was nice and consistent – we managed three 6.031 runs over the weekend! In the pits we studied the Motec Data Logger and other programs we use to get a little more out of the Walt Austin BAE, anticipating Victor Bray would be saving his best until last. We found a few areas on the run we could improve, and made the necessary adjustments.”

“Second eliminator against my old mate Victor was probably the run of the meeting. I knew he would be a fierce competitor with all the history of his wins at this track and event. We tried to out smoke each other – and Victor managed to go past me in the burnout. But I got him at the start, and won with a 6.031 @ 235.97mph against Victor’s incredible 6.040et @ 241.42mph – what a race!”

The Winternationals final was between young Benny Bray and mister consistent quick man John Zappia at a later than planned 8.39pm – allowing the air to come around nicely for both teams.

“We were lucky to find a few little items that may have failed in the car on the runs, but basically the combo was very stout all weekend – we never even had the heads off the engine. The final was a staging battle, then the young fella got a hole shot on me on the light, but the sheer grunt of the torque monster Walt Austin engine shot me past Benny on to a 5.996et to Ben’s 6.091et. I was so proud to win the event, and even prouder of our hard working crew. We have now completed a five second pass on all three major tracks in Australia – another personal goal of mine.”

“Our sponsors were impressed with the weekend, with Striker and Rentco honoring their extra bonus payments for the five second run. Fuchs Lubricants run in our engines, gearbox and diffs, and the company was pleased to be associated with the Winternationals Top Doorslammer Champion team. The crew have worked hard at improving our reliability, and the result was testimony to that effort this weekend.”

“We are pumped and excited for next season on a number of fronts, with our new premises and Craig Pedley’s HQ Monaro Top Doorslammer to debut. Hopefully next year is our year for the Top Doorslammer Championship. We certainly love our drag racing and putting on a show for the fans.”

Season Highlights:

Round 7 – Winternationals. Top Qualified with a 6.031. Wins event with a 5.996 and Lowest Elapsed Time.

Round 6 – Tin Tops. Top Qualified with a 6.082. Meeting abandoned due to rain. Event Lowest Elapsed Time.

Round 5 - Westernationals. Top Qualified with a 6.064. Semi Final finish – clutch failure. Event Lowest Elapsed Time.

Round 4 – Summernationals. Top Qualified with a 6.040. Semi Final finish.

Round 3 – Goldenstates. Top Qualified with a 5.922 – resets World Record. First Round finish – mechanical failure. Event Lowest Elapsed Time.

Round 2 – Australian Nationals. Shut down in First Round due to body defect.

Round 1 – East Coast Nationals. Top Qualified with a 6.08. Wins event and Lowest Elapsed Time.


Hard work pays off for Zap as team expands

John Zappia celebrates 23 years of sportsman drag racing this year, grounded in hard work, innovative engineering and wild driving that has earnt him cult status in Australia, and numerous World Records in the process. This week Zap formally announces his move to full time professional drag racing status in Australia due to new agreements secured with naming rights sponsors Striker Crushing and Screening, who have substantially increased their involvement in the team and drag racing.

Zappia Racing will move out of the “back garage” at Zap’s home to brand new state of the art premises in Perth Western Australia, where the team will expand to a two car Top Doorslammer team and build a solid foundation for their professional and business endeavours of the future. The World Record holding Zap’s Rat HQ Monaro will be duplicated, and licensed by Zap before handing over to rookie Top Doorslammer driver Craig Pedley, owner of Striker Crushing and Screening.

“I am very excited about the new developments” said a jubilant Zap this week, “But nervous as well. We have a long history operating from home, with our sportsman racing and blue-collar roots, but the opportunities with television and serious sponsorship backing have presented themselves right now, and we are going to give it a go. For years we watched Victor Bray here in Australia get significant sponsorship that enabled him to go on and win six Australian Top Doorslammer Championships, but we never thought it was possible for us to do the same. We now know that is possible thanks to Striker.”

Striker Crushing and Screening are a manufacturer of large mining equipment, and have enjoyed significant success in business internationally. The recent resources boom in Western Australia has contributed to the success, and given the company the opportunity to support a local hero in John Zappia, and help realise some personal dreams for the Directors in the process.

“Like many West Australians growing up, I was a John Zappia fan at the old Ravenswood Dragstrip south of Perth.” said Striker Director Craig Pedley, “He was such an inspiration to us all, sticking a funny car engine in a super stock car and running sevens and then sixes with such spectacular wild driving. Secretly I held a dream to one day do the same, and thanks to our success in business we are proud to extend our involvement in drag racing and Zappia Racing.”

Zappia Racing have commissioned Sydney chassis builder Craig Burns of SCF Race Cars to build the chassis of the second HQ Top Doorslammer, after Zap visited their premises during racing at WSID this season. Craig is new to Top Doorslammer chassis building, but has experience building and setting up some hard hitting six second new technology cars in Australia, and has a solid knowledge of Doorslammer setups that aligns with Zap’s chassis development knowledge gained in association with Santhuff. The chassis will be sent back to the new Zappia Racing premises in Perth, where a new carbon fibre body developed with the assistance of local aviation sponsors will be fitted, then all the trademark Zappia Racing technology will be fitted.

“The new car will be identical to the old both mechanically and in body shape, but with carbon fibre composite materials. We are proud of our tin top body, but it took a lot of work to produce, and is difficult to reproduce and repair. We expect the new car to be a five second car as well, and will eventually be very competitive in the Australian Top Doorslammer Championship” said Zap.

“Craig will undertake training in drag racing with local street meet appearances, training at Ken Lowe’s school at Willowbank Raceway in Brisbane, and Top Alcohol licensing at Frank Hawley’s drag racing school in Florida USA, before stepping into the new Striker Top Doorslammer. I will license the new car at local Kwinana Motorplex meetings, applying all the knowledge from our four year testing program on the original car.”

“Drag Racing is on the cusp of some exciting exposure in Australia, and represents good value for money for our investment.” commented Craig Pedley, “With the upcoming television coverage and depth of experience with Zappia Racing, we feel we have a solid future at the top of Group 1 racing here in Australia, and our staff and clients love the involvement and follow the team enthusiastically.”

The new developments mark the second major step in John Zappia’s drag racing career, after Rentco Transport Equipment Rentals Pty Ltd Managing Director Bob Shier came on as Naming Rights Sponsors in Feb 2005 helping launch Zap’s Rat into the National Australian Top Doorslammer Championship. Rentco continues to support Zappia Racing with their Major Sponsorship package.

Zappia Racing are currently developing a range of new sponsorship packages to take advantage of the two car team, and recently released television coverage plans for next season by the Australian Drag Racing Association and other stakeholders in Australian drag racing.

For further details on sponsorship, ring John Zappia on 0400 197 171

Photo courtesy of Torque Photos.



John Zappia produced a winning performance in qualifying at the Tin Top’s in tropical Queensland on the weekend, with super consistent runs in all three sessions – only to be beaten by the rain before the first elimination round. The rain persisted, and the event was cancelled by Willowbank staff.

“We ran the Whipple/BAE 5 second combo this meeting, as we knew the performance was enough to have a good go at the Championship. It was sad to be beaten by the weather, instead of my competitors.” said an upbeat John Zappia after the event. “We top qualified easily, and as further prove we did it easily we rattled off a 6.01et on a private test session the day after the event. That was very satisfying and gets us closer to achieving a five second run at each track on the Doorslammer Championship series. The five second pass will hopefully be run in the final of the Winters. Only Benny Bray got close to the Striker Monaro.”

“We ran 6.098 et @ 229.71mph in session one, then a 6.082 et @ 230.89mph in session two, and a 6.083 et @ 234.74mph in the third – pretty consistent really with a safe tune.” Asked if he can actually tell on a run how quick the HQ Monaro goes, Zap says “Not really. On the last run I thought it was a huge run – I changed gears at the right revs, and it felt like it pulled hard – but was only a 6.083. Sometimes the quick runs feel pretty average in the car.”

With a minimum 40 points awarded to all qualifiers (and Zap awarded Low Elapsed Time extra 5 points) under ANDRA rules for the Tin Tops, the Championship remains in the hands of Garry Phillips (500 points). All Phillips has to do is qualify to win the Championship. Best case scenario for Zap (416 points) would be for Phillips not to qualify, and to win the event for 100 points and gain 5 points for Low Elapsed Time – winning the championship by 1 point.

“I think we are maturing as a team, after stepping up our sponsorship levels in the last two years with Rentco Transport Equipment and Striker Crushing and Screening making a big contribution, not only financially but also with encouragement and added incentives. New parts and equipment have brought changes to our procedures and logistics – and to an extent that can upset crew rhythm a little, until the changes become engrained. Mechanics would understand how familiar we all get with our tools and ways of doing things. Striker has added an extra component to our value as an experienced team, and time is showing we are responding and becoming more professional. Watch the results in the next few seasons. That professionalism will consolidate and extend to other upcoming racing developments to be announced soon for our team. ”

“The crew have serviced the car here in Brisbane at a Striker premises, then I head down to the Nitro Champs in Western Sydney to spectate, and eventually back to Willowbank for the Final Round of the Top Doorslammer Championship at the Winternationals.”

We hope to see as many sponsors, friends and fans come to Willowbank to hopefully celebrate the end to a very good season.

Finals Field
John Zappia 6.082
Ben Bray 6.098
Victor Bray 6.221
Gary Phillips 6.225
Aaron Lynch 6.228
Stuart Bishop 6.323
Maurice Fabietti 6.387
Brett Stevens 6.483


John Zappia heads across the Nullabor this week to attend the QT Tin Top Titles on 28th April 2007, to contest Round 6 of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship at Willowbank Raceway.

Zap’s Rat holds the title of quickest and fastest Tin Top in the world, a time of 5.922 seconds ET, and a speed of 242.28mph, and boasts an all steel body over the Anderson chassis, with extensive suspension modifications by Zappia Racing and assistance by Santhuff shocks and struts.

Zap’s Striker Monaro – Australia’s Quickest Top Doorslammer – comes off two rounds of local track competition and testing, that saw the new Striker PSI/TFX engine combination crack the five second barrier on its third pass with a 5.991et @ 235.60mph. A win in the Top Comp B Final last meeting with a 6.093et @ 235.60mph consolidated the effort, after minor engine changes were required to fine-tune the package.

Gary Phillips leads the Top Doorslammer championship with 460 points, followed by John Zappia on 371, Brett Stevens on 363, Victory Bray on 360, Peter Kapiris on 300, Steve Stanic on 270 and Robin Judd on 208 points. With Kapiris and Stanic sitting out the Tin Tops, the race is between the top four giants of Top Doorslammer racing to win the championship – all crowd favourites.

“We would certainly like to break the Queenslanders’ home track advantage at the Willowbank Tin Tops, and Winters. They always seem to dig deep and perform at those events, but we know we have the speed and laps under our belt to tackle that” said Zap this week. “We have been held back by little niggly things this year, but have addressed those challenges with our maintenance program.”

“We will be racing for Striker, all our other sponsors, the Championship, and for our fans and going as fast and as quick as possible like we always do. We don’t hold back in our racing – we give it all on every lap. Our team is so experienced we can afford to go a little extra in our racing, because in most cases we can complete engine changes or component changes between races. Anybody who watches our crew in the pits witnesses some pretty amazing feats under pressure – like heads still off with ten minutes to go, and piston changes between races a couple of meetings ago. We do it especially for the fans and to give our sponsors maximum exposure – they expect us to front and do our best, so we don’t like to disappoint them”

John Zappia has his Striker Monaro finely tuned after years of regular testing at the Kwinana Motorplex, but it was not always that way. The car suffered handling problems early in its development, and was a wild ride at times – hitting the wall numerous times and thrilling the crowd with Zap’s spectacular driving skills. Zap drew on the experience of USA teams and Santhuff to make the necessary changes to achieve the jump in performance.

“We have learnt a lot this last year, especially on how to set up a Top Doorslammer to run regular five second passes. There are some areas that other teams have not discovered yet, and when they do they will go quicker. We feel we have lots of potential left yet, as our data comes in with the new engine combination, and other testing with different tyres and gear ratios.”

“All the team are looking forward to the Tin Tops, and we encourage all fans to drop by the pits to watch, say hello and pick up some autographed merchandise.”



Striker Monaro stunning at the Winternationals

John Zappia – wild man from the west – drove his race of the season today at the Winternationals, defeating Benny Bray in the Final in his Striker Monaro to take out the ANDRA season closer. And he did it with a five second pass!

Zap was on a mission to win the Top Doorslammer Championship this weekend, needing to top qualify and win the event to stand a chance. Well he did both of those, but Garry Phillips was on his game by qualifying to take out the 2006/2007 Championship.

Qualifying was over two days, and many teams struggled to come up with a tune and setup to post reasonable times. But the Zappia Racing Team were super confident the car would be consistent, and the results speak for themselves.

A 6.122et @ 236.72mph first pass with a pedal, 6.031et @ 234.50mph second, and 6.252et @ 232.56mph third on a slippery track was enough to gain top spot out of twenty one Top Doorslammer teams.

First elimination round saw Steve Stanic roll through the beams to hand the win to Zap, although a 6.031et @ 235.73mph run in the HQ gave Zap lane choice in round two.

Second elimination round saw the race of the Winters – Legend Victor Bray up against the in form five second man John Zappia. “Victor Bray now takes on John Zappia…Victor has appeared in every Top Doorslammer Winternationals Final except for one since the inception of the bracket…talk about battle of the burnouts Zap takes it to half track…Bray says I can do better than that and burns on right past him…Will we see a five from Zap or the Big Vic taking his place beside his son in the final, this is gonna be awesome, they are both out, Bray is in front, but Zap comes back and snatches the win at the line.” wrote the track commentator. A 6.031et @ 235.97mph by Zap was enough to beat a stout 6.04et @ 241.42mph from the big man.

The Castrol Edge 2007 Westernationals final was between young champion Benny Bray, versus experienced champ Zap. “Talk about tyre torturing burnouts, John Zappia and Benny Bray are taking it right up to the crowd with massive side by side burnouts, there is a staging duel, they are out, Ben is just in front but here comes Zap and its massive – he is drifting towards the centre line, he hangs onto it and it’s a five second pass by Zappia for the win.” A 5.996et @236.97mph was enough to beat Benny’s 6.091et.

This last event was all Zappia’s, after a mixed season saw him lose valuable points towards the championship. The win gave him his second Top Doorslammer runner-up title, and a $5,000 bonus from Striker for the five second run, but sent a strong message to his fellow competitors and fans that next season is the season to catch John Zappia and the Striker Monaro.
Results thanks to Willowbank International Raceway.

08/06/2007  5:41 pm          11Deg,56%H,1009mB,-126RA,(TT)19Deg                
   76  Right Lane   GARY PHILLIPS    53 STUDEBAKER , 511
 5066   Left Lane   STEVE PACKMAN    BA FALCON , 521
#Tst RcNo 369_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:8.200
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
   76 T/D    5.92  0.610  1.058  2.719  4.056 180.72  5.176  6.131 234.99  1
 5066 T/D    5.92  0.613  1.090  3.732  6.999  66.79 10.641 14.328  57.75  1

Could this be Gary Phillips
year to take home the Number One Championship spot
in Top Doorslammer, something that has eluded Gary
since the inception of the bracket, although he is a
multi National Top Alcohol winner, Steve Packman
alongside Gary, now much has been said about Packy’s
new paint scheme and I must say it is gorgeous, all
Gary has to do is Qualify for this bracket and he
has the championship.  Packy is out towards the wall
and has to button it off…Phillips is on a mission
from God, and he could very well take the
championship this weekend with just that first pass…

08/06/2007  5:45 pm                                                            
  590  Right Lane   MAURICE FABIETTI    2005 MONARO , 511 KB
  952   Left Lane   KATH STEVENS    BA FALCON , 521
#Tst RcNo 370_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  590 T/D    5.92  0.601  1.037  2.766  4.115 182.19  5.287  6.268 233.28  1
  952 T/D    5.92  0.000                                                   1  F

Kath Stevens on the line now
with Maurice Fabietti, both into their burnout, Kath
Stevens very strong in the burnout but is being
pushed away and Fabietti will take the solo and this
is a really nice base line for Fab to work from.  So
in this first qualifying session, we see both Steve
Packman and Kath Stevens fail to qualify but for all
their fans, don’t despair they have another two
chances tomorrow and will be back to put on a great

08/06/2007  5:52 pm          11Deg,57%H,1009mB,-141RA,(TT)19Deg                
 1693  Right Lane   ROBIN JUDD    53 STUDEBAKER , 511 KB
  415   Left Lane   ANDREW SUTTON    2005 MONARO , 526 KB
#Tst RcNo 371_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:2.384
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1693 T/D    5.92  0.534  1.030  3.003  4.820 124.58  6.748  8.675 110.57  1
  415 T/D    5.92  0.500  1.071  2.852  4.202 185.64  5.349  6.325 228.31  1

Robin Judd and Andrew Sutton
have been patiently waiting as we cleaned up a
little fluid left by Kath Stevens car…both very
strong burnouts, Sutton a new gun to the bracket
purchasing Fabiettis ex Holden Genuine Parts
Doorslammer, this is a tough field, can both these
cars make it into the field with 21 trying to get
into the eight spots, both are out hard, but its
shake, rattle and roll for Judd and he has to abort
the pass, Sutton attacked the first half of the
track and seemed to roll it on down for the second
half, Sutton will qualify thus far but lots more to
come and Sutton is far from safe.

08/06/2007  5:55 pm          11Deg,57%H,1009mB,-137RA,(TT)19Deg                
  283  Right Lane   STEVE STANIC    CAMARO , 511
 7007   Left Lane   BRETT STEVENS    BF FALCON 2005 , 521
#Tst RcNo 372_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:1.869
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  283 T/D    5.92  0.497  1.173  3.236  4.612 181.75  5.743  6.689 239.75  1
 7007 T/D    5.92  0.379  1.016  2.949  4.768 122.42  6.725  8.676 108.80  1  F

Brett “The Boss” Stevens wants
into this Jack Daniels Top Doorslammer bracket,
Steve Stanic our current champion will be handing
over his crown this weekend, must say “The Bosses”
car looks fabulous, a red light to Stevens, and both
guys have the set up wrong with a lot of shaking and
rattling around with tons of tyre shake in both
lanes on the hit of the throttle.  All three Stevens
cars have not qualified thus far, but as I say, its
early days and I can see that changing by tomorrow

08/06/2007  5:58 pm          11Deg,58%H,1009mB,-151RA,(TT)18Deg                
 2058  Right Lane   AARON LYNCH    63 CORVETTE , 521
  167   Left Lane   STUART BISHOP    67 CAMARO , 520CI
#Tst RcNo 373_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Left Win  M:0.200
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2058 T/D    5.92  0.359  1.051  2.986  4.368 183.82  5.505  6.490 216.03  1  F
  167 T/D    5.92  0.616  1.094  2.930  4.310 181.60  5.468  6.433 234.38  1

Huge burnout from Stuart Bishop
and hasn’t he been stepping up with this car, Aaron
Lynch another of our fabulous Queenslanders in the
lane alongside him, this will be a fantastic pass if
both drivers have judged the track right, both out
very ugly, and it’s a mini peddle fest in the first
half of the track but Bishops car recovered in the
second half.

08/06/2007  6:00 pm          11Deg,58%H,1009mB,-183RA,(TT)19Deg                
  895  Right Lane   KYM PETTERWOOD    CORVETTE , 511
   67   Left Lane   PAUL GREGHINI    CORVETTE , 511
#Tst RcNo 374_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.240
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  895 T/D    5.92  0.532  1.082  3.766  7.162  63.94 10.994 14.936  53.52  1
   67 T/D    5.92  0.747  1.135  3.538  6.645  70.01 10.256 14.481  50.04  1

Kym Petterwood is BACK and
don’t we just love it, its been a long break for
Petterwood, years ago Petterwood and the Tuckers all
used to rule drag racing here at the bank and the
boys are back and its great to see, all the old
great names in drag racing are helping,  Camp
Stanley, Gonzo, Tony Wedlock and many more, Lynch is
there alongside him, Petterwood has overpowered the
race track, Greghini a little shake rattle and roll
and both shut off before mid track.

08/06/2007  6:04 pm          11Deg,58%H,1010mB,-152RA,(TT)19Deg                
 1291  Right Lane   SEAN MIFSUD    41 WILLYS , 526AJ
 2993   Left Lane   PETER LOVERING    55 CHEV , BNR 526
#Tst RcNo 375_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:0.165
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1291 T/D    5.92  0.479  1.096  3.359  5.056 154.96  6.573  8.102 135.58  1
 2993 T/D    5.92  0.674  1.122  2.905  4.513 136.12  6.284  8.072 119.11  1

Peter Lovering in the Chevy
Shoebox, is taking a solo pass, good strong burnout,
ahhh no he’s not cause here comes Mifsud – very late
firing, short sharp burnout, and into it in the Wild
Willys…Lovering going in, Mifsud has to come in as
quick as possible and it’s a very ugly pass on both
sides of the track, this way, that way, one wheel in
the air, it ain’t fast but it sure is entertaining.

08/06/2007  6:07 pm                                                            
 2639  Right Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
   65   Left Lane   RAY BERNARD    57 NOMAD , 511
#Tst RcNo 376_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2639 T/D    5.92  0.518  1.066  2.871  4.257 174.15  5.409  6.391 236.22  1
   65 T/D    5.92  0.000                                                   1  F

Ray Bernard and young Bennie
Bray are our next pairing, this is going to be a
race, the Brays are fired up to do well for this
event for their sponsor, Bernard having trouble
finding reverse gear, both are back and heading into
stage, now have they judged the track conditions
right, Bernard having problems and has been shut
off, Bray on and off the peddle over the quarter and
that will cost him some e.t., but puts him into the
field at fourth spot.

08/06/2007  6:09 pm          11Deg,57%H,1010mB,-162RA,(TT)18Deg                
  846  Right Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
    4   Left Lane   PETER KAPIRIS    STUDEBAKER , 518
#Tst RcNo 377_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:7.394
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  846 T/D    5.92  0.524  1.054  2.738  4.054 188.60  5.171  6.122 236.72  1
    4 T/D    5.92  0.511  1.100  3.434  6.524  70.73  9.986 13.529  59.73  1

What a fabulous match up, John
Zappia and Peter Kapiris, Zap has long been a
favourite here at Willowbank Raceway and don’t we
just love the opportunity to witness his finessing
of this big Monaro, Kapiris in the Bat mobile has a
huge fan base here in Queensland as well, now they
have been sitting back watching the action, Kapiris
is out and loose before the 60 footer, but Zap seems
to be on a pass, driving through what looked like
being an ugly ride and he slots straight into top

08/06/2007  6:12 pm          11Deg,58%H,1010mB,-172RA,(TT)19Deg                

 1221   Left Lane   VICTOR BRAY    CHEV , BAE 511
#Tst RcNo 378_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      

 1221 T/D    5.92  0.549  1.082  2.842  4.208 183.22  5.363  6.334 235.23  1

Victor Bray has just recently
celebrated his 50th birthday, he would
love to have a late birthday present of a
Winternationals Gold Christmas tree, can we give it
to him, young Ben with his head in the car
delivering some news to his father, if he can get it
down the quarter without lifting the foot off its
going to be good, the thing was a little lazy off
the line, but he manages to hit fifth spot.

08/06/2007  6:16 pm          11Deg,56%H,1010mB,-202RA,(TT)18Deg                
 2743  Right Lane   MARK BARDSLEY    68 CAMARO , 526AJ

#Tst RcNo 379_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2743 T/D    5.92  0.742  1.008  2.801  4.647 118.30  6.711  9.061  83.44  1


Mark Bardsley another New
Zealand invader has made the trek across the ocean
to run in Top Doorslammer and I’m impressed, it’s a
very nice 67 Chevy Camaro, he is out hard, it seems
to sit back on the wheelie bars, but buttons it off
as he gets a little out of shape mid track.  He has
60 footed the quickest of anyone in this session

09/06/2007  2:22 pm          16Deg,61%H,1006mB,641RA,(TT)21Deg                 
  167  Right Lane   STUART BISHOP    67 CAMARO , 520CI
 2058   Left Lane   AARON LYNCH    63 CORVETTE , 521
#Tst RcNo 255_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.010
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  167 T/D    5.92  0.583  1.083  2.779  4.123 184.13  5.258  6.211 239.11  2
 2058 T/D    5.92  0.730  1.031  2.719  4.030 188.44  5.132  6.054 245.77  2

Aaron Lynch the Man of Steel is on
the track and up against Stuart Bishop the diamond
dealer, Stuart is currently in the field, Lynch as yet
not, revs are up, Bishop is out and in front, Lynch
rounds him up at the finish line and goes into number
one qualifying position…going deep into the sand and
pulls up no worries.  The chute deploys but does not
blossom and we have a short break to drag Lynch out of
the bottom end.  Bishop is out in front.

09/06/2007  2:31 pm          15Deg,63%H,1006mB,566RA,(TT)20Deg                 
    4  Right Lane   PETER KAPIRIS    STUDEBAKER , 518
 2743   Left Lane   MARK BARDSLEY    68 CAMARO , 526AJ
#Tst RcNo 256_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:4.998
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
    4 T/D    5.92  0.519  1.087  2.838  4.182 180.87  5.311  6.252 244.97  2
 2743 T/D    5.92  0.729  1.085  3.093  5.526  89.50  8.255 11.040  76.01  2

Peter Kapiris is up next alongside
Mark Bardsley – Bardsley another Kiwi invader who seems
to have picked up lots of Aussie support here at
Willowbank and why not it’s an awesome car, driven by
the tyre fitter.  Kapiris’s Bat mobile is sounding oh so
tough and lets hope he can get into the field.  Kapiris
out like a bullet, but uses up all the lane, its not a
pretty run for Bardsley, he has had a problem at the top
of second gear by the look of it, Ben Bray bumped out,
Victor now on the bump spot, Kapiris slotting into

09/06/2007  2:33 pm          15Deg,63%H,1006mB,541RA,(TT)20Deg                 
  323  Right Lane   DENO BRIJESKI    67 CAMARO , 521 HEMI
 1291   Left Lane   SEAN MIFSUD    41 WILLYS , 526AJ
#Tst RcNo 257_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.251
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  323 T/D    5.92  0.760  1.060  2.850  4.224 180.72  5.394  6.374 227.97  1
 1291 T/D    5.92  0.489  1.053  2.752  4.149 176.06  5.360  6.394 215.42  2

Sean Mifsud and Deno Brijeski,
Brijeski missed the first qualifying session by not
getting to the lanes in time last night and told to tow
back around, Mifsud had start line dramas in the first
session.  Both looking for a berth in Doorslammer…lots
of shake happening for Brijeski but he drives through it
losing something off the car in the start line area,
Mifsud looked to be on a mission but not good enough for
the field.  Both failing to make the field at this

09/06/2007  2:36 pm          15Deg,63%H,1006mB,475RA,(TT)20Deg                 
  415  Right Lane   ANDREW SUTTON    2005 MONARO , 526 KB
   76   Left Lane   GARY PHILLIPS    53 STUDEBAKER , 511
#Tst RcNo 258_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.839
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  415 T/D    5.92  0.542  1.062  2.990  4.578 160.83  5.856  6.944 197.20  2
   76 T/D    5.92  0.535  1.034  2.698  4.027 186.57  5.158  6.112 236.72  2

Gary Phillips we did not expect to
see him this session as he is solidly in the field, in
third spot, Andrew Sutton also in the field in seventh
spot and could be bumped any second, Phillips looking
for top spot and this is a quick pass for Phillips to
half track and takes second spot, Sutton well that was
quite ugly, he used up most of his lane and then some,
he will not improve.

09/06/2007  2:39 pm          14Deg,64%H,1006mB,449RA,(TT)20Deg                 
 5066  Right Lane   STEVE PACKMAN    BA FALCON , 521
  590   Left Lane   MAURICE FABIETTI    2005 MONARO , 511 KB
#Tst RcNo 259_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:3.700
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 5066 T/D    5.92  0.607  1.071  3.535  5.871 112.95  7.975 10.121  98.81  2
  590 T/D    5.92  0.645  1.058  2.810  4.211 174.01  5.386  6.383 226.02  2

Steve Packman and Fabulous Fab,
Packman not yet in the field – as are all of the Brett
Stevens Top Doorslammer stable – all three not yet in,
Fab is in, but wants to improve…severe tyre shake for
Packman and problems, loose as a goose for Fabietti as
he has a big drive on his hands and the chutes out

09/06/2007  2:41 pm          14Deg,64%H,1006mB,358RA,(TT)20Deg                 
   65  Right Lane   RAY BERNARD    57 NOMAD , 511
 1693   Left Lane   ROBIN JUDD    53 STUDEBAKER , 511 KB
#Tst RcNo 260_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:1.677
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
   65 T/D    5.92  0.598  1.005  2.700  4.445 137.11  6.167  8.038 109.92  2
 1693 T/D    5.92  0.545  1.043  2.896  4.298 180.87  5.451  6.414 233.52  2

Robin Judd and Ray Bernard,
Bernard’s doorslammer definitely comes under the banner
of evil and wicked, he is not in the field at this
stage.  Judd is not in yet either, can they cause an
upset with this pass, Bernard a big big sideways move
about 400 feet heading towards the fence, Judd had to
get out of it, tyre shake right off the line.

09/06/2007  2:44 pm          14Deg,66%H,1006mB,396RA,(TT)20Deg                 
  952  Right Lane   KATH STEVENS    BA FALCON , 521
  283   Left Lane   STEVE STANIC    CAMARO , 511
#Tst RcNo 261_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:1.471
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  952 T/D    5.92  0.570  1.082  3.047  4.699 153.17  6.208  7.746 138.12  2
  283 T/D    5.92  0.587  1.066  2.822  4.171 181.16  5.301  6.258 240.26  2

Kath Stevens wants to do the team
proud and bang her way into this field, alongside her
Steve Stanic our retiring Top Doorslammer Champion, lots
of looking under the car of Stanic by the Willowbank
track staff, but nothing to report – could be fuel out
of the overflow.  Stevens turns the tyres right off the
line and so does Stanic…Stanic is on a big peddle but
unbelievably he makes it into the field in sixth spot,
Stevens will not make the field in this session. Stanic
has thrown V Bray to the outside but he is yet to come.

09/06/2007  2:47 pm          14Deg,67%H,1006mB,461RA,(TT)20Deg                 
 7007  Right Lane   BRETT STEVENS    BF FALCON 2005 , 521
 2639   Left Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
#Tst RcNo 262_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.695
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 7007 T/D    5.92  0.515  1.037  3.044  4.576 167.91  5.794  6.810 220.15  2
 2639 T/D    5.92  0.508  1.030  2.703  4.033 188.44  5.158  6.122 231.13  2

Ben Bray is currently sitting in 11th,
Brett Stevens on the outside as well, can both of these
long time professional competitors smash their way in,
they want in now, they don’t want to wait till third
session, Bray out, Stevens with lots of problems off the
line, tries to recover and cant…Bray bangs into fourth
spot, but the Boss yet to qualify.

09/06/2007  2:49 pm          14Deg,66%H,1006mB,437RA,(TT)20Deg                 
 2993  Right Lane   PETER LOVERING    55 CHEV , BNR 526
  846   Left Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
#Tst RcNo 263_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.428
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2993 T/D    5.92  0.597  1.070  2.775  4.158 176.47  5.401  6.642 169.94  2
  846 T/D    5.92  0.780  1.029  2.661  3.955 189.87  5.077  6.031 234.50  2

John Zappia burns down the quarter
to half track alongside Peter Lovering, Zap has been
pushed back to third spot this session and will be
looking to take back Top Qualifier, Lovering out very
sweetly and this is a massive pass by John Zappia and an
awesome 6.03, he snatches back top spot, Lovering is
still on the outside.

09/06/2007  2:51 pm          14Deg,66%H,1006mB,462RA,(TT)20Deg                 
   67  Right Lane   PAUL GREGHINI    CORVETTE , 511
  895   Left Lane   KYM PETTERWOOD    CORVETTE , 511
#Tst RcNo 264_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.458
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
   67 T/D    5.92  0.736  1.202  3.138  4.682 159.46  5.998  7.169 190.51  2
  895 T/D    5.92  0.701  1.085  3.044  4.499 172.81  5.720  6.746 218.98  2

Kym Petterwood and Paul Greghini,
Greghini is shaking rattling and rolling off the start
line, Petterwood is on a good pass but not good enough
to get into the field.

09/06/2007  2:54 pm          14Deg,65%H,1006mB,441RA,(TT)20Deg                 
 1221  Right Lane   VICTOR BRAY    CHEV , BAE 511

#Tst RcNo 265_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1221 T/D    5.92  0.631  1.067  2.763  4.098 185.64  5.236  6.199 237.22  2

Victor Bray has been bumped out of
the field, you can tell by the burnout he means
business, he should be able to improve on last nights
pass as the car sounded absolutely flat last night and
we expect much more of it…the car leaves effortlessly
and he bumps into number five spot.



09/06/2007  6:08 pm          13Deg,76%H,1008mB,218RA,(TT)17Deg                 
 1693  Right Lane   ROBIN JUDD    53 STUDEBAKER , 511 KB
  167   Left Lane   STUART BISHOP    67 CAMARO , 520CI
#Tst RcNo 331_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Right Win M:0.272
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1693 T/D    5.92  0.517  1.057  2.852  4.198 185.49  5.335  6.289 235.11  3
  167 T/D    5.92  0.152  1.120  2.899  4.265 181.60  5.415  6.382 227.62  3  F

Stuart Bishop he will take on Robin
Judd, now Bishop is already in the field, Judd has not
made it yet, Bishop is looking for data, Bishop takes a
long time to get into stage, he red lights, Judd is
throwing everything at it, and Judd does not make it in
despite running such a fabulous time, maybe the tyres
were just not hot enough.

09/06/2007  6:12 pm          12Deg,77%H,1008mB,151RA,(TT)17Deg                 
 1291  Right Lane   SEAN MIFSUD    41 WILLYS , 526AJ
  323   Left Lane   DENO BRIJESKI    67 CAMARO , 521 HEMI
#Tst RcNo 332_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:7.268
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1291 T/D    5.92  0.459  1.061  3.148  4.717 163.99  5.991  7.055 212.16  3
  323 T/D    5.92  0.516  1.138  3.621  6.581  70.25 10.307 14.266  51.78  2

Deno Brijeski is boiling the tyres
in the burnout, Mifsud in the Wild Willys says “I can do
this” and matches him, this is going to be a wild ride
for both of them, neither are in the field, they are
everywhere all over both lanes, and neither will

09/06/2007  6:15 pm          12Deg,77%H,1008mB,150RA,(TT)17Deg                 
   67  Right Lane   PAUL GREGHINI    CORVETTE , 511
    4   Left Lane   PETER KAPIRIS    STUDEBAKER , 518
#Tst RcNo 333_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:1.651
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
   67 T/D    5.92  0.634  1.101  3.214  4.883 151.92  6.310  7.758 139.23  3
    4 T/D    5.92  0.512  1.099  2.809  4.154 181.74  5.283  6.229 235.73  3

Kapiris burns out down the quarter
mile – he is already in the field in seventh spot,
Greghini would love to be in the field but currently
sits way down the order and this is his last shot, both
are out, Greghini is using up all of his lane and cant
make it into the field, Kapiris can not improve on his
current situation.

09/06/2007  6:22 pm          12Deg,77%H,1008mB,136RA,(TT)17Deg                 

  283   Left Lane   STEVE STANIC    CAMARO , 511
#Tst RcNo 334_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      

  283 T/D    5.92  0.528  1.083  2.828  4.169 184.43  5.306  6.267 237.97  3

Steve Stanic moves forward in the
Comp Cams lane, the bump-sitter has managed a 6.258 in
earlier qualifying, and would dearly like to move up the
order in this final session.  Kapiris is in the number
seven position, and has managed a 6.22.  Can Stanic move
up into the top half of the field?  Stanic doesn’t have
to lift, and goes straight down the lane, but can only
manage a 6.26.  Stanic stays on the bump, and still has
many more that can come around him.

09/06/2007  6:24 pm          12Deg,77%H,1008mB,79RA,(TT)17Deg                  
   65  Right Lane   RAY BERNARD    57 NOMAD , 511
  415   Left Lane   ANDREW SUTTON    2005 MONARO , 526 KB
#Tst RcNo 335_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R) Right Win M:8.838
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
   65 T/D    5.92  0.484  1.022  2.740  4.149 173.48  5.368  6.394 218.55  3
  415 T/D    5.92  0.505  1.075                      10.123 15.211  39.99  3

Andrew Sutton and Ray Bernard are
our next pairing, both competitors are sitting on the
outside looking in.  Remember, a 6.258 is the bump.
Stanic and Kapiris are sitting precariously.  Sutton
goes into full stage, his run will not count.  Away,
Sutton goes straight into tyre shake, heads towards the
left wall and he corrects, running straight over into
the right lane, trying to straighten, but has a huge
smack of the right wall side on.  Bernard fails to make
it, Sutton is out of the car and is talking to the
officials.  We’re down for a clean up.

09/06/2007  6:47 pm          12Deg,78%H,1009mB,115RA,(TT)17Deg                 
  952  Right Lane   KATH STEVENS    BA FALCON , 521
  846   Left Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
#Tst RcNo 336_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Right Win M:2.039
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  952 T/D    5.92  0.530  1.059  2.811  4.489 130.66  6.320  8.158 114.15  3
  846 T/D    5.92  0.397  1.146  2.840  4.158 189.55  5.288  6.252 232.56  3  F

John Zappia is first out after our
clean up and the track staff have run the jet dryer over
the track to really put some heat back into it…Kath
Stevens trying to get at least one of the Brett Stevens
Racing Team get into the field, I think on this pass,
they all might bump their way into the field, she needs
better than a 6.25 to get into the field, Zaps monaro is
in a fairly safe position, both are out after Zap rolled
the beams, Kath is all over the lane and she does not
get into the field and Zap’s run is not indicative of
what he can do.

09/06/2007  6:50 pm          12Deg,78%H,1009mB,172RA,(TT)17Deg                 
 7007  Right Lane   BRETT STEVENS    BF FALCON 2005 , 521
 2639   Left Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
#Tst RcNo 337_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:0.536
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 7007 T/D    5.92  0.516  1.130  2.946  4.377 173.61  5.591  6.599 225.22  3
 2639 T/D    5.92  0.488  1.018  2.666  3.999 181.45  5.123  6.091 229.71  3

Ben Bray is doing his burnout
procedure, now he wants to move off the number four
qualifying spot so he wont have to run his father first
round who is currently sitting in sixth spot, Brett
Stevens in the lane beside him and he is under the gun
at the moment sitting in 17th spot, can he
change his luck here?  A great run by Bray and he
manages to slip up the field to put a break between
himself and Dad.  This is a huge upset Brett Stevens
will not make the field at this 07 Winternationals

09/06/2007  6:53 pm          12Deg,78%H,1009mB,164RA,(TT)17Deg                 
 5066  Right Lane   STEVE PACKMAN    BA FALCON , 521
 1221   Left Lane   VICTOR BRAY    CHEV , BAE 511
#Tst RcNo 338_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (L) Left Win  M:2.364
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 5066 T/D    5.92  0.555  1.098  3.091  4.861 130.21  6.701  8.538 116.22  3
 1221 T/D    5.92  0.538  1.047  2.754  4.084 186.72  5.221  6.191 230.18  3

Victor Bray in one of the most
torturous burnouts we have seen this weekend, meets up
with Packy…Steve Packman is the last of the Brett
Stevens cars to try to break into this field, and Packy
is loose and all over the lane as Bray takes the lead
down the quarter.  And that is it for Team Stevens and
Top Doorslammer.  As it stands now V Bray will meet Gary
Phillips in Round One of Eliminations.

09/06/2007  6:56 pm          12Deg,78%H,1009mB,122RA,(TT)17Deg                 
 2993  Right Lane   PETER LOVERING    55 CHEV , BNR 526

#Tst RcNo 339_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2993 T/D    5.92  0.635  1.094  2.865  4.295 172.15  5.538  6.587 212.57  3

Peter Lovering is on a solo pass,
he will really need to step up to get into this field,
he porpoises off the start line but then boogies on down
the track but not enough to make the break into the

09/06/2007  6:58 pm          12Deg,78%H,1009mB,136RA,(TT)17Deg                 
  590  Right Lane   MAURICE FABIETTI    2005 MONARO , 511 KB

#Tst RcNo 340_______Time Trials, Test and Tune       (R)
  NUM CLASS  HCAP  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  590 T/D    5.92  0.722  1.049  2.796  4.173 174.96  5.351  6.349 228.54  3

Maurice Fabietti, also on a solo
pass, he is exactly one one hundredths of a second
slower than the bump spot in this field, this looks good
for Fabietti, and then it faded and does not make the

Aaron Lynch will not be back to
qualify tonight as he has broken the nose clips and is
going back to the workshop to fix the car for tomorrows




                                  TOP DOORSLAMMER
     1  846    ZAPPIA            T/D 71 MONARO           6.031        234.50
     2 2058    LYNCH             T/D 63 CORVETTE         6.054        245.77
     3 2639    BRAY              T/D MONARO CV8Z         6.091        229.71
     4   76    PHILLIPS          T/D 53 STUDEBAKER       6.112        236.72
     5 1221    BRAY              T/D CHEV                6.191        230.18
     6  167    BISHOP            T/D 67 CAMARO           6.211        239.11
     7    4    KAPIRIS           T/D STUDEBAKER          6.229        235.73
     8  283    STANIC            T/D CAMARO              6.258        240.26
     9  590    FABIETTI          T/D 2005 MONARO         6.268        233.28
    10 1693    JUDD              T/D 53 STUDEBAKER       6.289        235.11
    11  415    SUTTON            T/D 2005 MONARO         6.325        228.31
    12  323    BRIJESKI          T/D 67 CAMARO           6.374        227.97
    13 1291    MIFSUD            T/D 41 WILLYS           6.394        215.42
    14   65    BERNARD           T/D 57 NOMAD            6.394        218.55
    15 2993    LOVERING          T/D 55 CHEV             6.587        212.57
    16 7007    STEVENS           T/D BF FALCON 2005      6.599        225.22
    17  895    PETTERWOOD        T/D CORVETTE            6.746        218.98
    18   67    GREGHINI          T/D CORVETTE            7.169        190.51
    19  952    STEVENS           T/D BA FALCON           7.746        138.12
    20 5066    PACKMAN           T/D BA FALCON           8.538        116.22
    21 2743    BARDSLEY          T/D 68 CAMARO           9.061         83.44



10/06/2007  3:33 pm          20Deg,48%H,1011mB,953RA,(TT)33Deg                 
  167  Right Lane   STUART BISHOP    67 CAMARO , 520CI
 2639   Left Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
#Gp1 RcNo 231 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (L) Left Win  M:0.095
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  167        5.92  0.600  1.095  2.771  4.099 186.72  5.229  6.171 239.36 
 2639        5.92  0.493  1.017  2.730  4.083 178.72  5.214  6.183 229.71

Ben Bray carrying the flag for this
meetings major sponsor, he takes on Stuart Bishop in the
gorgeous Wallace Bishop Camaro, Bray is out first, on
and off the throttle, but Bishop is trying to come back
at him and he just cant.  The wholeshot off the start
line won this race for Ben Bray.

10/06/2007  3:36 pm          20Deg,48%H,1011mB,924RA,(TT)32Deg                 
 1221  Right Lane   VICTOR BRAY    CHEV , BAE 511
   76   Left Lane   GARY PHILLIPS    53 STUDEBAKER , 511
#Gp1 RcNo 232 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (R) Right Win M:0.748
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1221        5.92  0.529  1.022  2.702  4.019 188.13  5.143  6.092 243.11 
   76        5.92  0.532  1.042  2.701  4.031 179.43  5.406  6.837 146.67

Gary Phillips our new Australian
Top Doorslammer Champion takes on the Grand daddy of Top
Doorslammer – Victor Bray, Victor has been in nine out
of 10 Winternationals finals.  They are out of the line
and away and this is a drag race right to the finish
line, but Phillips seems to lose power right near the
line and Victor has the win.

10/06/2007  3:39 pm          20Deg,49%H,1012mB,967RA,(TT)33Deg                 
    4  Right Lane   PETER KAPIRIS    STUDEBAKER , 518
 2058   Left Lane   AARON LYNCH    63 CORVETTE , 521
#Gp1 RcNo 233 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (L) Left Win  M:0.117
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
    4        5.92  0.475  1.128  2.827  4.186 177.03  5.344  6.317 230.77 
 2058        5.92  0.585  1.057  2.749  4.063 190.19  5.167  6.090 243.64

Aaron Lynch takes on the Batmobile
of Peter Kapiris – this will be one tough race…Lynch
took the Slammer home last night to fix the nose cone to
prepare for todays eliminations after his nasty visit to
the sand trap yesterday…Lynch doest seem to get out real
well but man oh man does he make up for it…Kapiris hole
shot off the start line but couldn’t fend off Lynchs
invasion at the stripe.

10/06/2007  3:42 pm          20Deg,48%H,1012mB,956RA,(TT)29Deg                 
  846  Right Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
  283   Left Lane   STEVE STANIC    CAMARO , 511
#Gp1 RcNo 234 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (R) Right Win
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
  846        5.92  0.644  1.040  2.676  3.970 190.36  5.084  6.031 235.73 
  283        5.92  0.000                      186.72               241.16     F


John Zappia the Number One Man from
WA and our top qualifier, he gets to take on our bump
spot entry Steve Stanic, can Zapp pull out a five second
pass, and Stanic has rolled through the beams handing
the win to John Zappia…Zap realizes…throws everything at
it, its running on three wheels for most of the quarter
but he still manages to run a very low 6.  And then
Stanic hits the throttle and takes a stab at the bitumen
for the loss.





10/06/2007  5:34 pm          18Deg,58%H,1013mB,686RA,(TT)24Deg                 
 2639  Right Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
 2058   Left Lane   AARON LYNCH    63 CORVETTE , 521
#Gp1 RcNo 265 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (R) Right Win M:0.491
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2639        5.92  0.430  1.032  2.710  4.036 189.08  5.156  6.103 236.72 
 2058        5.92  0.482  0.995  2.765  4.331 166.91  5.552  6.542 224.33

Ben Bray and Aaron Lynch, we have
synchronized burnouts on both sides of the track, Lynch
could have a little more performance advantage in this
race and Ben a little more experience, who will we see
go to the final, both are out, Lynch is loose and Bray
is on a great run to the final.

10/06/2007  5:37 pm          18Deg,58%H,1013mB,705RA,(TT)24Deg                 
 1221  Right Lane   VICTOR BRAY    CHEV , BAE 511
  846   Left Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
#Gp1 RcNo 266 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (L) Left Win  M:0.025
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 1221        5.92  0.493  0.993  2.660  3.973 189.08  5.094  6.040 241.42 
  846        5.92  0.477  1.039  2.676  3.968 191.33  5.081  6.031 235.97


Victor Bray now takes on John
Zappia…Victor has appeared in every Top Doorslammer
Winternationals Final except for one since the inception
of the bracket…talk about battle of the burnouts Zap
takes it to half track…Bray says I can do better than
that and burns on right past him…Will we see a five from
Zap or the Big Vic taking his place beside his son in
the final, this is gonna be awesome, they are both out,
Bray is in front, but Zap comes back and snatches the
win at the line.





10/06/2007  8:39 pm          15Deg,64%H,1015mB,287RA,(TT)22Deg                 
 2639  Right Lane   BEN BRAY    MONARO CV8Z , BAE 511
  846   Left Lane   JOHN ZAPPIA    71 MONARO , HEMI 511
#Gp1 RcNo 315 T/D   TOP DOORSLAMMER                  (L) Left Win  M:0.018
  NUM CLASS Recrd  REACT     60    330    660    MPH   1000     ET    MPH      
 2639        5.92  0.440  1.018  2.695  4.042 179.43  5.182  6.091 320.51 
  846        5.92  0.517  1.038  2.668  3.949 193.30  5.055  5.996 236.9


Talk about tyre torturing burnouts,
John Zappia and Benny Bray are taking it right up to the
crowd with massive side by side burnouts, there is a
staging duel, they are out, Ben is just in front but
here comes Zap and its massive he is drifting towards
the centre line, he hangs onto it and it’s a five second
pass by Zappia for the win.


Zap chases Phillips for Championship

John Zappia is counting on some luck that has avoided his team this season at the Castrol Edge 40th Winternationals held at Willowbank Raceway, the final round of the ANDRA 2006/2007 Top Doorslammer Championship. A total of 21 teams have entered for the event, battling for eight qualifying positions on Friday and Saturday to make it through to Sunday’s eliminations.

“We can win the championship, but under the most trying of circumstances”, said Zap. “It has been known to happen in drag racing before, and we as a team are pretty pumped – especially after our recent news release. My move to professional racer status in the sport is a dream come true, and building and racing a second HQ Monaro for Striker director Craig Pedley will make good use of our knowledge”.

“If we win the event and get quickest et, and if Phillips fails to qualify – then we win the championship by one point. Phillips is a seasoned and tough competitor, so we do not underestimate him, but he has had lucky breaks this season and we are interested in what his strategy will be in qualifying. These qualifying sessions should be the most exciting two days for Doorslammer fans, and we will give it a serious go each session. It would be nice to top qualify with a five”.

“The Striker Monaro can beat any car in Australia on this track. We have completed some minor maintenance work after the recent rained out Tin Tops here in Queensland at the Striker facilities. Our private testing day after the Tin Tops showed we are on the pace at this track – with a 6.01et, after a trio of “O’s’ in qualifying – 6.098, 6.082 and 6.083et’s”.

“We have never been more confident at this track to run fives. This is the only track we have never had a win at, and never run a five – so we are looking for a few firsts here this weekend as well as having a good crack at the championship.”

Once again Zap and his crew invite fans to spend some time at the Zappia Racing pits area, where you can have a chat to any of the team, or take some photos of Zap’s Rat. A full range of merchandise will be on sale, and Zap will be available to sign items with a personal note.



John Zappia silenced all skeptics at the Perth Motorplex yesterday, when the Striker Top Doorslammer Monaro fronted for a local meeting with their new Striker engine combination, and promptly ran a five second pass after a test run, and first full pass of 6.057. The TFX block, with the latest Randy Anderson heads (never raced in Australia), and a brand new PSI blower is John Zappia’s first ever brand new engine – after over 20 years of drag racing.

“Thanks to Striker Crushing and Screening, we were able to custom order all brand new parts to put this combination together. It’s a dream come true for us local sportsman racers, who have always had to purchase hand-me-down second hand engines and blowers from the US.” said a jubilant Zap last night. “People think we made a strategic decision to run with the Whipple blower, but it was nothing more than a budget decision for us at the time, and to have achieved all our world records with second hand gear highlights the depth of knowledge we have in our team. The PSI gives us weight advantages, and it appears to make more power and torque than the Whipple”.

Observers were commenting that Zap will take months and dozens of laps to sort out the awesome performance of the PSI equipped BAE – after all, most of his Australian Top Doorslammer competitors have had years to sort out their PSI combinations and still struggle with their tune ups. But after a shake down pass to gain some data, the team set Zap’s Rat up for it’s first full pass and rattled off a dead straight 6.057et @ 234.37mph. “It was fat and lazy, but showed us the real potential of the combo” said Zap.

With the first full pass under their belt, the team turned the car around for the next qualifier, and had the local crowd on their feet cheering with a 5.991et @ 235.60mph pass. “We ran a 3.929et 660ft time, which is pretty impressive. We will work on the data and some more tuning to get the mph back up again, and we are confident we can reclaim the World’s Quickest Doorslammer record back off the Yanks.”

“We hurt a couple of pistons during the 5.991 pass and had the usual thrash to get the car ready for another pass late in the night.” Unfortunately, after Zap’s burn out the crew noticed oil on the track and quickly shut Zap down. “After an investigation back in the pits we noticed a loose oil line had caused the oil leak. We are now looking forward to the next local meeting where we can fine tune the combination even further.”

Zappia Racing earnt valuable dollars from Striker Crushing Managing Directors Chris Lane and Craig Pedley, who handed over $5,000 as part of a performance bonus. “Every time the team runs a five, we hand over a cheque for $5,000 as an incentive.” said Chris Lane, “We are very proud of Zap and his team with their achievements so far, and we may extend and ramp up our Motorsport program with the team in the future..” Craig was relieved that the team didn’t make the last pass as it would have cost Striker Crushing another $5000, especially as the air was at it’s best of the weekend.

Zappia Racing will carry out further testing and racing on April 14th at the Perth Motorplex, before heading to Queensland for Round 6 of the Australian Top Doorslammer Championship “Tin Tops” event on 28th April. John Zappia is second in the championship point’s table, behind veteran Garry Phillips, and is counting on a strong performance at the event.


Striker Monaro into Semi Final at Westernationals

John Zappia gained valuable points for the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship at the Westernationals held last weekend at Perth Motorplex in Western Australia, with a Semi-final finish. The Striker Monaro was unable to continue the Semi-final pass against arch rival Garry Phillips, after the clutch failed reversing from his traditional long smoky burnout.

“I was unable to activate the clutch after reversing back, so I turned the engine off” said a disappointed Zap after the event, “It appears a pin has let go in the clutch – most probably the result of tyre shake of our previous rounds. The Striker Monaro was performing well this weekend, with two 6.06′s in qualifying, and our first round win against Robin Judd with a 6.075et @ 236.22mph. The next best time in all the elimination runs was a 6.340et, so we were still ahead of the pack in performance.”

“We have these little reliability issues, because we do more laps than any other Top Doorslammer racer in the country. Obviously the more laps you do, the more possibilities of incidents occurring. But we are committed to a comprehensive racing calendar both here locally in Perth, and nationally in the championship rounds. We just have to keep progressing forward in our maintenance program to increase the reliability factor.”

“Our Naming Rights Sponsor Striker Crushing and Screening, and all our Major Sponsors and Supporting Sponsors are fully behind our growth as a team. We are progressing from a volunteer backyard operation, to a more professional Motorsport organisation. It takes time to affect the changes and our current way of doing things will have to be altered to ensure we give ourselves the best possible chance every meeting. We need more checks to be done between races to make sure the little things don’t fail and come back to haunt us.”

“Garry Phillips has a lead in the Championship, but he is not unbeatable. He has had his fair share of luck this season, and and on most days the HQ can beat any Doorslammer in the country. Drag racing is the great equaliser, and as several teams have seen this weekend, the smallest of things can stop your best performance.”

Several racers encountered problems this weekend – Ben Bray failed to qualify in his new Monaro, Steve Stanic was disqualified in Round 1 Eliminations due to his front air dam being too low for the stage beams, and several teams suffered terminal engine damage.

Zappia racing will now contest two local rounds of racing at the Perth Motorplex where further testing of new components will be carried out. Round 6 is scheduled for 28th April at Willowbank Raceway with the running of the Tin Top Championships – a unique event featuring all forms of slammer racing.

Westernationals Zappia’s last challenge

Written by Luke Nieuwhof
Monday, 26 February 2007
John Zappia is one of the most renowned names in drag racing, yet he still has a monkey to shake off his back in Top Doorslammer racing at the Westernationals, to be held this Saturday and Sunday at Perth Motorplex.

The 45 year old Spearwood man is driving the world’s quickest Top Doorslammer, holding the record at 5.92seconds for the quarter-mile but his speeds of 380kmh do not come easy.

“We’ve never had good luck and have always had the stupid things go wrong at the Westernationals, he said.

“It is time to shake the monkey off the back; we really need the points to gain the lead in the championship and put the pressure back on the other racers for the remaining rounds.”

The Australian Top Doorslammer Championship is up to its fifth round and Zappia is sitting third, behind Queensland racers Gary Phillips and Victor Bray.

Perth Motorplex has attracted a record field of 15 cars from across the nation to compete and Zappia sees himself with a big advantage at the Kwinana track.

“We do nine events a year in Perth and always in different race conditions,” he said.

“No other team has near that amount of runs.”

In an aggressive tactic, Zappia has slotted his world-record, 3500 horsepower supercharged V8 back into his Monaro Top Doorslammer.

“The field is pretty good but I need to concentrate on not beating myself,” he said.

“A few others have stepped up and if they get the good track conditions then they’ll be right there.”

Zappia will be challenged by his championship rivals Phillips and Bray, as well as Victoria’s Peter Kapiris, New South Wales’ Steve Stanic, Queensland’s husband and wife team of Brett and Kath Stevens, Victor and Ben Bray and fellow West Australian contenders Robin Judd, Gary Stevens and Adam Croker.

The event will also feature round five of the Australian Top Bike Championship.

The big guns hit the track from 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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