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Zappia makes it Three from Three with a Win in Adelaide

Seven times back-to-back Australian ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia won the VPW Pro Series 1000 event this weekend, making it three from three in his chase for championship No 8 straight.

Adelaide International Raceway hosted the ANDRA sanctioned event, promoted and run by Racing Onn Promotions, running the shorter 1,000 feet compared to the full ¼ mile of 1320 feet.

“Rino did a great job preparing this track” said Zappia, “It held the power well, but is still tricky to drive on. The Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro rattled the tyres all weekend, and I had to really drive it as the car moved around”.

“We are excited about the win here in Round 3 of the Championship. It gives us a 136-point lead with two rounds to go. We still need to stay focused as we are far from safe and need to complete the season leaving nothing to chance”.

Qualifying on the Saturday saw perfect weather for the 12 teams presented.  Off the trailer it was Pat Carbone who headed up Q1 with a 5.013, followed by Marty Dack 5.236.

“In my run the car launched good with a 1.01 60 foot time, but it rattled – I hit second and it rattled hard again. A second pedal and some fishtailing to correct saw the 5.26 good enough for third quickest”.

“We did some slight adjustments for Q2 and came out for a long smoky burnout when the throttle cable broke. I managed to idle back and sit out the round watching nervously”.

Nervous he was as Bishop went to second with a 5.096, Priolo third 5.134, O’Rourke 5.174, Fabietti 5.239, Kapiris 5.240 – leaving Zap on the bump spot in eighth.

“We left the car alone for Q3 as we reckon we had the settings right. First pairing out saw Goonan take my bump spot with a 5.210 and knock me out. Nothing like some pressure to qualify! But our setup proved spot on as the Crusher went dead straight to run a 4.882 to number 1 spot, giving us Top Qualifier, Top Speed and a new Adelaide Track Record”.

Dack improved with a 4.973 to go to second, Carbone finished third with his off the trailer 5.013, Fabietti’s 5.081 was enough for 4th and O’Rourke improved with a 5.152 to stay in 7th spot.

“Overnight the crew serviced the car and we basically left it alone for the round 1 match up against Goonan. It rattled hard in second though and a pedal on the throttle settled it down to run a winning 4.90 @ 230mph to Goonan’s 8.244 @ 73.57mph”.

Other Round 1 matchups saw Fabietti 5.074 @ 211.89mph win over Bishop 5.366 @ 207.78mph; O’Rourke 5.064 @ 222.55mph over Dack 5.535 @ 187.03mph; and Priolo 5.127 @ 221.13mph over Carbone 5.191 @ 209.82mph.

Round 2 Semi-Finals saw some great matchups with four of the top five championship contenders facing off.

First match up saw local Perth racer Pino Priolo take out ex Perth racer Grant O’Rourke in a pedal fest – 5.374 to 5.434. Second match up was series No 1 versus No 2 – John Zappia and Maurice Fabietti.

“The car rattled hard again in second and I had to pedal but got lucky as Maurice slid out of the groove with a 6.464. My 5.001 was enough to get a finals berth”.

“The track was just getting better and better, so we put more clutch in it for the final against Pino. We have raced him plenty of times over the years and he is consistently creeping down on his times. Definitely had to be careful in this race”.

The final saw the champ Zappia too strong for Priolo taking the win with a 4.910 @ 229mph over a 5.247 @ 216mph.

“The big power and setup of the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro was strong all weekend. We are making good progress with getting better traction results – I think we underestimated the track a little. Luckily the B & J transmission we run allows me to have confidence with pedaling the throttle over and over again – they rarely damage parts”.

“Big thanks to the crew who work hard to get the setup right. All the 1% things that can make a difference when combined together”.

Zappia now leads the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 353 points, ahead of Fabietti 217, Priolo 165, Dack on 155 and O’Rourke on 145.

Zappia Racing now head back to Perth Western Australia to take part in the Perth Motorplex Grand Final on the 11th April, before heading back to Sydney for Round 4 on 1st – 3rd May.

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Champion Zappia Wins 2015 Westernationals

Seven times back-to-back Australian ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia won the 44th Westernationals held at the Perth Motorplex this weekend and increased his lead in the short 2015 season to 85 points.

The prestigious Western Australian event was a difficult playing field for the 18 teams that contested Round 2 of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship, with hot weather and tricky track conditions testing most drivers and tuners. Bump spot for the event was a tough 6.045 for only eight qualifiers who managed to go quicker.

“It’s a great result for the team” said Zappia, “We have started poorly in previous championships, but this double win has taken us ahead of the rest and given us some breathing space”.

Zappia placed the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro into second position in qualifying with an off the trailer 5.892 @ 249.30mph – which included an off and on the throttle pedal.

The remaining qualifying runs were unable to improve with a 6.147 @ 245.23mph pass hindered by tyre shake, and a 5.981 @ 245.23mph in the rescheduled Saturday pass at 11am. In form Peter Kapiris captured top qualifier with a 5.877 @ 239.36mph and appears to have found some form after struggling at the last event.

“In round 1 against Wayne Keys the Crusher shook a little earlier requiring a pedal of the throttle, but powered on to a 5.863 @ 251.39mph win over Wayne who overpowered the track”.

Fabietti, Gregorini, and Kapiris all won their first round races.

The Zappia Racing crew turned the Crusher around for Round 2 against Gregorini – another fierce battle of the West Aussies who battle each other regularly at the Perth Motorplex.

“This was a great pass despite me still having to pedal with tyre shake, and the 5.776 @ 252.10mph gave me lane choice for the final. Daniel also overpowered the track and was not able to complete a competitive pass, giving us the win”.

Peter Kapiris scored a win against Maurice Fabietti after Fab had a slow reaction time on the line.

This set up an epic final against the two quickest qualifiers – Zappia and Kapiris. Kapiris coming back into form after a period of non-qualifying, and Zappia very quick in his quick and fast Monaro.

“I spoke to Naming Rights Sponsor and Crusher owner Craig Pedley who was monitoring the results from Malaysia, and he said the car is on fire – leave it alone. As a tuner that is sometimes hard to do, but we left it alone for the final hoping that the track conditions suited”.

In what has been described as one of the best Top Doorslammer races in history, Kapiris got the advantage at the lights with a 0.117 reaction against Zap’s 0.140 – but by 50 feet the Crusher was ahead thanks to an epic 0.959 sixty foot time and Zappia won with a 5.784 @ 252.10mph to Kapiris’ 5.814 @ 248.61mph – a winning margin of 0.007 seconds or 80cms.

“Craig was right and that quick start proved to be an advantage. The car still rattled hard and I had to pedal with a bigger pedal than the 5.776 run, but we had the power to get through that and stay ahead for the rest of the run”.

“It’s a great result for all our sponsors and local supporters and fans. We have had great local interest after we made the five six pass, and also welcome new Major Sponsor John Lyas from Appealing Signs”.

Zappia also captured an additional 10 championship points for Low ET and Top Speed for the event.

After two rounds John Zappia leads the Championship with 235 points, followed by Maurice Fabietti on 152 points, Daniel Gregorini on 110 points, and Marty Dack and Peter Kapiris both on 108 points.

Zappia Racing will present for the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars event on 26th Feb – 1st March, where Zap will run the Crusher in the Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Drag Demonstration down the main straight.

“It’s a great way to promote both Fuchs and drag racing in general to the huge V8 Supercar fan and sponsorship base. Big smoky burnouts are my specialty, so we hope the fans enjoy it”.

Round Three of the Championship is staged at Adelaide International Raceway on 14-15th March 2015 where the Top Doorslammers will fight over 1,000ft of drag strip for another ANDRA Gold Christmas Tree trophy.

Qualifiers

P KAPIRIS – DODGE 59 SARATOGA 5.877; J ZAPPIA – 71 HQ MONARO 5.892; D GREGORINI – CAMARO 5.920; M FABIETTI – HOLDEN MONARO 5.924; M BELLERI – CAMARO 5.943; M DACK – BA FALCON 5.974; W KEYS – HOLDEN MONARO 5.976; P PRIOLO 37 CHEV COUPE 6.045.

Non-Qualifiers

G O’ROURKE – PONTIAC FIREBIRD 6.064; S BISHOP – CAMARO 6.118; M CHAPMAN – PLYMOUTH FURY 6.145; M O’CONNOR – ZM FALCON 6.237; P CARBONE – CAMARO 6.416; R MORESBY – HOLDEN GRANGE 6.429; S CATALANO – STUDEBAKER 6.495; P CANNULI – CAMARO 6.617; O DUCKER – 1937 CHEVY 7.334; S ALDRIDGE – CHEV BELAIR COUPE 17.130.

Round 1

M FABIETTI – HOLDEN MONARO 5.901 @ 246.57mph def M BELLERI – CAMARO 7.266 @ 133.53mph; D GREGORINI – CAMARO 5.955 @ 246.57mph def M DACK – BA FALCON 5.947 @ 244.56mph; J ZAPPIA – 71 HQ MONARO 5.863 @ 251.39mph def W KEYS – HOLDEN MONARO 8.555 @ 99.44mph; P KAPIRIS – DODGE 59 SARATOGA 5.921 @ 238.72 def P PRIOLO 37 CHEV COUPE 8.059 @ 136.36mph.

Semi-final

P KAPIRIS – DODGE 59 SARATOGA 5.887 @ 246.57mph def M FABIETTI – HOLDEN MONARO 5.820 @ 247.93mph; ZAPPIA – 71 HQ MONARO 5.776 @ 252.10mph def D GREGORINI – CAMARO 28.897 @ 0.00mph.

Final

J ZAPPIA – 71 HQ MONARO 5.784 @ 252.10mph def P KAPIRIS – DODGE 59 SARATOGA 5.814 @ 248.61mph.

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Zappia Top Qualifies with a 5.683 @253.52 mph and wins Round 1of ANDRA Top Doorslammer with a 5.86.

In an extraordinary event at the Perth Motorplex that entertained the crowd to the fullest, the first Top Doorslammer match up in the wild west saw Maurice Fabietti and John Zappia tussle through the other fourteen teams and battle it out in the final.

Maurice was in form this weekend with several five eighty passes, and Zappia was on fire with a huge 5.683 @ 253.52 in qualifying, but struggling to get his power to hold the track. Maurice nearly pulled it off – getting a whole shot on the champ, and getting a car length in front by half-track. But that awesome power of the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro kicked in in second gear, and he roared past him at the finish line.

“It’s a great start to our 2015 championship campaign and sets us up nicely for the Westernationals here in a few weeks” said Zappia, “It’s only five rounds this season so each event is going to be critical”.

“It would have been nice to back up our 5.683 run but the track was a little tricky this weekend and we made some changes that went the wrong way – we have noted that in our data for future meetings”.

Qualifying on Friday night was spectacular with sixteen teams battling it out in near perfect weather – 26 degrees C (78 F), 29% humidity, and 1400ft density altitude.

Local knowledge seemed to play a part as six of the eight qualifiers (plus one ex sand groper) managed to get into the tough five-second field. Surprise non-qualifiers were Kapiris, Phillips, and Bishop.

Round one racing saw four match ups, with all teams struggling to get the power down. All passes were unrepresentative, with Dack defeating Gregorini; O’Rourke defeating Keys; Fabietti defeating O’Connor, and Zappia taking out Priolo. Zappia won his pairing with a 6.128, which was the quickest of the first round.

In the semi-final Fabietti turned in a quick 5.870 @ 246.57mph to dispose of O’Rourke who rolled the beams. Zappia was up against local Marty Dack.

“I knew this round was critical – Marty has gone five eight in his Falcon, and we had struggled a little since the quick run we did. The Monaro launched hard but shook – I gave it a tap on the throttle, shifted 2nd and ran a quick pass of 5.817 @ 251.39mph”.

“The Fuchs / Striker Monaro has a lot of power, but the tuning window is getting smaller – so our set-up decisions are getting more critical. I made some minor changes for the final but it was a repeat of the semi-final pass and got lucky with Fab blowing the burst panel”.

“I saw Fab nose over just before the finish line” said an animated Zappia, “I am not sure I would have got him otherwise. I had to pedal in first gear as the car shook, but it hooked up nice on the one-two shift and reeled him in”.

Zappia Racing would like to welcome MACA as a new Major Sponsor and hope they are happy with the start of our association. MACA Ltd is a mining and civil construction company with a team of over a thousand industry-experienced personnel, They offer contract mining, civil earthworks, crushing and screening and material haulage solutions tailored to the needs of your company. A big thank you to Craig Pedley from Striker Crushing and Screening who brokered the new sponsorship deal.

“Also happy to announce that Speedmaster have resigned for the 2015 season and would also like to thank Coch from Beta Spuds for their support over that last 11 years, who’s sponsorship was greatly appreciated”.

“A big thanks to our crew and support staff this weekend who worked tirelessly to keep the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro at the pointy end of the field. Also thank you to Clyde from Bravo Resources and Billy from Windrush Motorsport Composites for their efforts to repair the damaged front end before first round. Also want to thank Aurora Bearing Company and Santhuff Suspension Specialties for the new 2″ Double adjustable front struts that we recently fitted to the car prior to running our 5.718”.

“Our development program is working well – with a world-class 5.68 – a week after the 5.71, that shows us the potential of the car. I actually pedalled the car on that run as well, so it has more in it if I can hold my foot flat from start to finish. We still need to get our set up right to allow us to be more consistent based on varying track conditions”.

Zappia Racing return to the Motorplex for the 44th Westernationals and Round 2 of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 30th Jan 2014.

We would love to see as many of our Sponsors and supporters come to the track and visit our pits and say hello. There will be Zappia Racing Merchandise for sale and John will be only too happy to sign any of the Merchandise purchased.

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Zap Top Qualifies with 5.68 Pass

John Zappia stunned the local Perth Motorplex crowd on the qualifying opening night of Top Doorslammer Round 1 with a 5.683 @ 253.52mph pass that took him to the top of the qualifying order of 16 cars.

Eight teams qualified for today’s eliminations – all with sub six second runs, with surprise non-qualifiers Kapiris, Phillips and Bishop.

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Zappia well prepared for Round 1 of Top Doorslammer (Updated)

Reigning ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia got to the A Final in the recent Jet Car Max Re-run event at the Perth Motorplex in the Top Comp Bracket, after a stellar 5.743 @ 252.10mph eliminator win.

“The car is pretty stout at the moment” said a smiling Zappia, “The 5.743 was a back up of the 5.718 we did in qualifying the week before – so that has given us good data for our preparation for Round 1 of Top Doorslammer this weekend”.

Zappia started proceedings at the Jet Car Max meeting with a pedaling 5.81 off the trailer, and the team made the necessary changes to get the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro all set for the deciding eliminator at 8.00pm.

“The Crusher did rattle a little, so I short shifted and ran the car through for the win. In the final up against Weston in the Top Alcohol dragster, the car shook quite bad – I had to pedal and consequently a 5.941 @ 250.00 was not enough to win against his 5.657 @ 249.30mph”.

“The last few meetings here in Perth have been very successful for us, and we are quietly confident that the car will perform well. We have some super tough competitors in this round, who will be hungry racers longing for victory and to stop us from getting a good start to our campaign for a 8th straight ANDRA Championship”.

“The track has been well prepared by Rod Britton and his team so far this year, but still has its difficulties throughout race day that may catch out some teams – it has certainly caught us out with the current high temperatures and tight track”.

16 teams have entered for the Home Group WA Nitro Slam event, and 10 local Perth teams are presenting against 6 Eastern Staters.

“Perth drag racers are passionate about their blown alky racing – as we are at Zappia Racing – and it’s good to see the representation of Top Doorslammers teams. It’s a great show for the fans – plus they get to see some Nitro Funny Car and Top Bike action as well”.

Qualifying will start on Friday 9th January 2015 with Q1 at 6.00pm, Q2 at 8.00pm and Q3 at 10.00pm.

Eliminations follow the next day Saturday 10th January 2015 with Round 1 at 6.00pm, the Semi Final at 8.00pm, and Final at 10.00pm.

Sponsors and supporters are welcome to come down to the pits to see the car and meet John and the crewmembers and buy merchandise. Hopefully lots of fans will come along to support the many local Top Doorslammer teams.

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Pro Showdown @ Perth Motorplex

ANDRA MEDIA RELEASE 7/1/15

ZAPPIA AIMS FOR TITLE #8, BUT KAPIRIS’ SPEED MAKES HIM NERVOUS

The signs are ominous for the rest of the field chasing 7-time Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia when Round 1 of the ANDRA Drag Racing Series begins at Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday (Jan 9-10).

As recently as two weeks ago Zappia drove the doors off his Fuchs/Striker Monaro on a 5.718 second run at the Motorplex showing why he has won seven Championships in a row.

“It was just lots of little fine adjustments,” said Zappia. ”We put the car on a diet and took some weight off the front of the car.

“It’s now wheel standing so we’re launching harder and it’s picking the front end up which is giving us more traction.”

More traction is the last thing his rivals want to hear but Zappia insists the gap is not so great with 2002 Champion Peter Kapiris making passes of 5.78 seconds previously.

“And he runs 5 or 6 mph faster than me,” added Zappia. “I’m not that comfortable. Anything can happen, whether I don’t react quickly or my car doesn’t react quickly, cutting a good light on a pro tree is a difficult task.

“Pete has run 5.78s numerous times and he’s run 257-258 mph which I can’t get near so that makes me nervous. There are a few guys running in the 5.80s so it doesn’t take much of a rattle.”

“At the level we’re at the car is less consistent because it’s on the edge, it’s closer to the edge where as we could run 5.81 or 5.82 five years ago within a hundredth every pass.

“But now it’s got more power so we’re closer to the edge and we’re trying to go a tenth quicker consistently so we may have to slow the car back to mid-5.70 to high 5.70s to try get that consistency.”

Zappia will be one of 16 drivers at the Home Group WA Nitro Slam vying to draw first blood in a shortened six-month season as the Championship returns to a fiscal year calendar.

He knows better than anyone that just one slip up in the chase can have a major impact on the final standings.

“We haven’t always started the best. So our focus really is on getting a good start and having no little silly things going wrong and costing us a race.

“We just want to qualify well and run a consistent car on race day so that we can go rounds.”

The ANDRA Drag Racing Series action featuring Top Doorslammer and Top Fuel Motorcycle gets underway from 6pm this Friday at Perth Motorplex and continues from 6pm Saturday night.

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Zappia runs 5.718 – quickest ever TD pass in Australia

Reigning Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia ran the quickest doorslammer pass in the county over the weekend at the Perth Motorplex. He reset his own local track record and also went under his own Australian National Record in preparation for the upcoming Round 1 of Top Doorslammer.

The run is not an official Top Doorslammer pass, as the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro was competing in a Group 2 event, but it has serious merit both in this country and internationally. The pass is still recognised by the Perth Motorplex and will lower the TD index for future meetings. Top Doorslammers in Australia weigh 2700 pounds minimum, and run a D Series PSI screw blower at 108 maximum over drive.

“I was a little uncertain whether the track could hold the setup I had in the car” said Zappia, “It was 3pm in the afternoon – our first pass off the trailer, but Gerry told me the track was there after measuring it with our Track-Meter, so we left the setup and went for it”.

Running sub 1.0 second sixty feet times is not something Zappia has been known for – rather his mid track and quick finishes. But Zap rattled off a 0.980 at the 60 foot and carried the front wheels to the 330’ in 2.538 seconds, 3.771 to the 660 at 200.99mph, and past the new finish line read out boards at 5.718 @ 252.80mph.

“The shortened wing has definitely helped in our top end speed and given us more flexibility with our setup” said Zappia, “Awesome run from the driving seat! The front wheels were in the air through the second gear change then continued to lift the left front wheel to the 330. The car weighed in 20 pounds overweight, so we still have options to try and reduce the weight to get closer to the 2700lb limit”.

The crew made the necessary changes, and had to repair a broken clutch pedal in the process. Thanks to Clyde Carstairs from Bravo Resources for his magic repairs and welding.

The compulsory qualifier at 6pm in the Top Comp bracket saw the “Crusher” Monaro launch with an even bigger wheel stand and shake – forcing Zap to double pedal to straighten the car, and pass through for a low 6.044 pass at 246.57mph.

“I think the oil down before our bracket may have upset the traction on the left rear slick and forced the car to drive to the left. Ultimately it does come down to the track surface on the day and how accurately we can adjust for that, but overall we are excited about the potential”.

The meeting came to an abrupt end after an external power transformer exploded and burst into flames at around 7.45pm, cutting most of the power to the Perth Motorplex. The meeting is rescheduled to be finished on Friday the 2nd of January 2015 starting from 4.30pm. Gates will be open from 4.30pm with competitors allowed to test the track between 4.30 and 6.30pm before continuing with the elimination rounds.

Zappia Racing will go over the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro in fine detail in preparation for the completion of the rescheduled event, as a lead in to the first round of Top Doorslammer action on the 9th and 10th Jan for the Home Group WA Nitro Slam event. Rod Britton and his track staff have been preparing a great racing surface and this should give the crowd some great racing in the upcoming events.

“Thanks to the many sponsors, supporters and fans that came up in the pits and congratulated the team on the run. There is a sense of excitement in the team as we continually push the boundaries in our racing”.

The crew at Zappia Racing work hard on every single detail of this car to get it all running as smoothly as possible. The team is lucky to have a diverse crew who have experience in most facets of drag racing and combined with John’s knowledge and driving ability, make a team effort that enables them to get the results they do.

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Zappia Wins Nitro Thunder with track record 5.776

John Zappia is on a winning streak after winning the Top Comp bracket at the Perth Motorplex on the weekend, and re-setting the track record with a stunning 5.776 pass in the A Final. Following on from winning the first WA Top Doorslammer Championship last meeting, Zappia continued to prove the new shortened wing and gearing changes are starting to work as the team head into the start on the new ANDRA season from the 9th-10th January.

Top Comp is a Group 2 class exclusively run at the Motorplex, with supercharged dragsters, altereds and sedans running off local indexes based on track records. It’s a tough class, with some of the quickest blown alcohol vehicles in the country and allows all teams to run three times in front of the crowd, with A and B Finals decided by the 4 quickest passes at the 8.00pm eliminator.

Shane Weston in the Top Alcohol dragster top qualified with a 5.612 off a 5.630 index, followed by a stunning 5.942 by Wayne Keys in AA/AP trim on a 5.930 index. Murray O’Conner was the first of the Top Doorslammers who were off a super tough 5.89 index with a 5.922 pass, followed by Zappia on 5.940 and Gregorini on 6.043.

“We suffered tyre shake in the first two passes” said Zap, “I had to pedal and managed a 6.136 @244.56mph and 5.940 @ 247.93mph in qualifying. Our match up in the first eliminator was Steve Alridge in the Chev Top Doorslammer, so we had to make sure of a win and it had to be good enough for a finals berth”.

Zappia managed a pedaling 5.977 @ 247.25mph to take the win, as did Gregorini with a quick 5.955 @ 242.58mph to take them both to an A Final – a repeat of the last meeting event final.

“We knew we were not far off with our combo. We did a ratio change and added more clutch as the track was killer and came out hoping to improve on our previous passes and run into the five sevens as we did in the previous meeting”.

In a spectacular A Final, Zap left first with the quicker reaction time and with the help of a 0.999 sixty foot time roared to a track record 5.776 @ 250.00mph to narrowly defeat Daniel’s impressive 5.919 @ 244.56mph.

“That was a great race. Everything came together nicely on that pass – the crew were excellent at doing a quick B & J Transmission change between rounds, and we got our wheel speed closer to what we like and was able to hold it flat for the whole run”.

“Special thanks to all the crew and sponsors, track staff and Clyde from Bravo Resources for his trackside weld repairs”.

“Sponsorship and Advertising opportunities Minor or Major now exist with Zappia Racing for the new ANDRA Top Doorslammer Season starting January 1st 2015. So get on board with the Zappia Racing Team in our quest for an 8th Straight Championship and take your products and services to gain maximum exposure, trackside and on TV, Magazines, Facebook and Twitter Media”.

Contact John Zappia for more info.

Photos:
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Zappia Wins WA Drag Racing Top Doorslammer Championship

Fresh off winning a seventh back-to-back ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship in Sydney, John Zappia presented for the WA Drag Racing Championship meeting at the Perth Motorplex and won the final.

Zap and his team headed back to Perth from Sydney a week ago with the damaged Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro – after a hard hit on the LH wall in Sydney, and faced with extensive repairs. He was also directed by ANDRA to cut the rear wing ten inches shorter as the Top Doorslammer design grandfather clause would expire at the end of 2014.

“The crew and our supporting sponsors worked very hard to get this car ready for the event” said Zappia, “We were keen to test our new rear wing design, in preparation for the new Top Doorslammer season. I am pleased to say that our design was a success, and we ran a Motorplex personal best speed of 252.80 mph and kept our directional stability.”

“Our qualifying runs saw the car launch to the right – the first pass I clicked it off early, and the second compulsory qualifying run at 6pm I pedaled the car and ran it through for a 5.967 to capture second spot in the qualifying order”.

The crew set about making the necessary suspension changes, and prepare for the first eliminator against Aldridge. The run was important, as it would determine entrance to either the A or B Final depending on ET.

“Staging better, and into a stiff headwind the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro launched better and I was able to hold full throttle all the way to win with a 5.804 @ 252.80mph. That was good enough for an A Final berth.”

“The A Final saw me up against Gregorini in the Camaro. Into an even stiffer breeze the car went right off the launch, so I pedaled and wrestled the car back finally into the groove and drove it straight out the backdoor for a 5.835 @ 252.80mph win over Daniel’s 6.043 @ 241.93mph”.

“That was a great comeback for the team after our Sydney incident, and positive development with our aero package. Many thanks to Clyde at Bravo Resources for the chassis and rear wing work, Brett at Windrush Motorsport Composites for repairs, Jamal from Current Trendz for late night sign work, Nobby from Hiltone Body Works for the paintwork and all the crew that put in late nights to make it all happen”.

“It was great to have Craig Pedley (Managing Director of Striker Crushing and Screening) at the track to see his modified Crusher Monaro perform so well and win the event in his presence”.

“We now get ready for the Nitro Thunder event at Perth Motorplex on the 29th November and will try to improve on what we have already done in preparation for the start of the 2015 ANDRA Championship series which starts on January 9 & 10 for the Home Group WA Nitro Slam event”.

Qualifying:

DACK – BA FALCON 5.938; ZAPPIA – HQ MONARO 5.967; KEYS – MONARO 6.016; GREGORINI – CAMARO 6.03; ALDRIDGE – CHEV BELAIR COUPE 6.312; PRIOLO – 36 CHEV COUPE 6.330.

Eliminations:

GREGORINI – 5.951 @ 241.93 DEF KEYS – 5.956 @ 241.28

DACK – 5.975 @ 240.00 DEF PRIOLO – 6.351 @ 232.55

ZAPPIA – 5.804 @ 252.80 DEF ALDRIDGE 21.189 @ 26.17

B Final:

KEYS – 6.040 @ 228.42 DEF DACK – 6.485 @ 162.74.

A Final:

ZAPPIA – 5.835 @ 252.80 DEF GREGORINI 6.043 @ 241.93

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Photos:
Perth Motorplex www.motorplex.com.au and High Octane Photos www.highoctanephotos.com

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Zappia Racing season wrap up

Now Seven Times Back-to-Back Australian ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia wrapped up his 2013-2014 season in Sydney at the Australian Nationals with a less than desirable finish but put on a great show for the crowd with his wild drives on a tight and tricky track.

“The meeting was full of drama,” said a lamenting Zappia, “The weather threw big curve balls to all the teams most of the weekend. From thunderstorms to searing heat, the set-up for the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro was challenging and we suffered a lot of tyre shake. The track was really killer, and caught us out with our decision making.”

With pedaling qualifying runs of 6.076 @ 243.55mph and 6.205 @ 221.74mph, Zap slipped behind Kapiris’ 5.790 (top qualified), Bishop 5.954, and Dack 6.033 to take fourth spot in qualifying order.

“Round one ended up a solo as Fabietti could not present. The air dropped quickly to 1000 feet corrected and the Crusher made plenty of power. The car launched hard and straight, started rattling after sixty foot and went right– so I pedaled and punched second. It came around towards the wall so fast I was able to get the car around enough and slide it in sideways to the wall, and idle down through the finish line to the braking area”.

The Zappia Racing crew assessed the damage in the pits and made the call to pull out of the semi-final. The damage was too great to take any risks and as the Championship was already wrapped up.

“The event was disappointing for us, but looking back on the season we are pretty happy with the end result – our seventh back-to-back Championship. It’s a big result for our co-naming rights sponsors – Fuchs Lubricants, and Striker Crushing and Screening. They have supported us in their sponsorship, and we have been able to reward them with a top result again”.

“It was a mixed season with the first three rounds a struggle, then we moved into the winning groove for the next five events after a set-up change allowed us to be more consistent”.

“A big thank you to all the crew who have put in their valuable efforts on this long season. Continued support from our naming, major and supporting sponsors has continued to give the team depth and confidence, and our gratitude is extended to them”.

“Also a big thank you to all our supporters and well-wishers who follow us give us the encouragement to keep putting on an exciting and professional show”.

“There will be no let up as we get back to repair the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro and hopefully be back on track at the Perth Motorplex for the 15th November”.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS 2014

ELIMINATIONS

ROUND 1.

ZAPPIA BYE – 10.043 @ 84.81; BISHOP 5.917 @ 240.51 def PRIOLO NTR; DACK 6.181 @ 233.16 DEF O’ROURKE 6.829 @ 232.43; GRADDEN 5.960 @ 246.71 DEF KAPIRIS 6.017 @ 255.05.

SEMI-FINAL:

GRADDEN BYE – NTR; DACK 6.835 @ 153.86 DEF BISHOP NTR.

FINAL:

GRADDEN 6.031 @ 244.21 DEF DACK 7.943 @ 118.66.

NEWS: The new 2015 ANDRA season has been announced and the first two of the five Top Doorslammer events will in Perth. See date below.

January 9-10 – Perth Motorplex
Top Doorslammer Round 1, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 1

January 30-31 – Westernationals, Perth Motorplex
Top Alcohol Round 1, Top Doorslammer Round 2

March 14-15 – Adelaide International Raceway
Top Alcohol Round 2, Top Doorslammer Round 3, Pro Stock Round 2, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 2

May 1-3 – Sydney Dragway
Top Fuel Round 5, Top Alcohol Round 4, Top Doorslammer Round 4, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 5, Pro Stock Round 3, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 3

June 4-7 – Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway
Top Fuel Round 6, Top Alcohol Round 5, Top Doorslammer Round 5, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 6, Pro Stock Round 4, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 4

Zappia Racing Season Wrap Up:

Round 1 – Pro Showdown (Perth Motorplex)

Qualified 2nd, Top Speed for event, lost round 1.

Round 2 – Westernationals (Perth Motorplex)

Low ET and Top Speed for event. B Final win.

Round 3 – Westernationals (Perth Motorplex)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, lost round 1.

Round 4 – Top Doorslammer (Calder Park Raceway)

Qualified 2nd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Equal Winner as final cancelled.

Round 5 – X Champs (Sydney Dragway)

Qualified 3rd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 6 – Fuchs Winternationals (Willowbank International Raceway)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 7 – 7Mate Top Doorslammer (Darwin Hidden Valley Drag Strip)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 8 – Fuchs Spring Nationals (Adelaide International Raceway)

Qualified 2nd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Runner-up in Final.

Round 9 – Australian Nationals (Sydney Dragway)

Qualified 4th, got to 2nd round but could not present.

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Zappia Hoping for more Nationals Success at Australian Nationals

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Seven times back-to-back Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia has his eye on some quick times this weekend at the ANDRA “Blow Your Mind” Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway. The pressure is off after he claimed the championship last meeting in Adelaide, and the country’s quickest Top Doorslammer driver is all fired up.

“Sydney is a special place for the team”, said Zappia, “We have often gone quick there and the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro likes the track. Running the world’s first five-second pass is a great memory for the crew, as were the Nationals wins in 2007 and 2013. So we are keen to do well here this weekend to cap off a great season”.

The team comes off the back of some solid testing in Perth recently, where Zap rattled off a 5.778 in testing.

“We have continued testing a combo to overcome tyre shake in the Crusher, and saw some promising results at the Perth Motorplex that has given us some confidence to go after some quick times this meeting with the championship pressure off”.

“We recommend fans get to this meeting and see some awesome Top Doorslammer action. Adelaide fans just loved the wild racing there last round, and it got my heart pumping with some of the runs – using up all of the track and even tagging the wall on the final run”.

There will also be some exciting and explosive racing to determine the Top Fuel battle between Phil Lamattina and Alan Dobson, as well as Top Alcohol championship decider between Gary Phillips and Steven Ham.

Thirteen teams including the return of Victor Bray, have entered this final Top Doorslammer Round – all will be attempting to qualify for the eight-car field.

Entrant:                                                                      Points:

John ZAPPIA WA – HQ Holden Monaro                684

Stuart BISHOP QLD – Camaro                                 517

Grant OROURKE QLD – Pontiac                              427

Peter KAPIRIS VIC – Dodge Saratogo                     328

Martyn DACK WA – BF Falcon                                 315

Pino PRIOLO WA – ‘37 Chev                                     283

Maurice FABIETTI NSW – Holden Monaro           238

Victor BRAY QLD – ‘57 Chev                                      221

Bill GOONAN QLD – Camaro                                     65

Johnny ROSO ACT – Camaro                                      41

Geoff GRADDEN NSW – Chrysler                             20

Jeffery WILSON NSW – Corvette                              20

Steve DUPOND NSW – Ford Duster                          -

 

Racing Schedule:

Sat 31st Oct 2014 – Eastern Standard Times

Q1 – first qualifying run.      12.22pm

Q2 – second qualifying run. 3.29pm

Q3 – last qualifying run.       6.15pm

 

Sun 31st Oct 2014

E1 – Round 1 elimination.    11.24am

E2 – Semi Final round.         1.42pm

E3 – Final.                              3.52pm

 

Live Coverage:

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