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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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Photos:

Paul Carey http://www.aeroracing.com.au, Jon Gall  https://www.facebook.com/JonGallPhotography ,Colin Balshore http://www.4style.com.au, Drag News http://www.dragnews.com.au

 

 

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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:
Phil Blondel and Shane Everingham from Dragsmedia

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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

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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”.

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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.

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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

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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

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Live Coverage:

www.dragnews.com.au

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Zappia Wins 7th Consecutive ANDRA National Championship with Finals Finish

Six times back-to-back ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia today made history in Australian Drag Racing – by winning his seventh championship in a row with a finals finish at the Fuchs Spring Nationals, the most any racer has won consecutively – a title his good mate Victor Bray held for many years. He did it with one meeting still to go – the Australian Nationals in Sydney.

“Fantastic result for Zappia Racing and our Naming Rights Sponsors Fuchs Lubricants and Striker Crushing and Screening” said Zap, “The team is a little disappointed with the finals loss to O’Rourke, but a great result for the team overall. A big thank you to my Sponsors, Crew and Supporters”.

The Fuchs Spring Nationals was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Racing Onn Promotion’s Rino D’Alfonso and his team – including Ray Treasure who ran the meeting in partnership with ANDRA. Great weather contributed and brought in the huge crowds to witness some great drag racing from all classes.

Top Doorslammer saw eleven teams represented from around Australia, and qualifying for the eight-car field began on Saturday in great conditions.

“We suffered tyre shake pretty bad in all three qualifying passes, but managed to come in number two behind Bishop. We were experimenting with a combination to try and overcome this dreaded tyre shake – but it ended up worse than ever”.

Final Qualifying order saw Bishop lead with a 5.091 @ 218.43mph, from Zappia 5.099 @ 222.11mph and Fabietti on 5.105 @ 211.36mph. Bump spot was a 5.243 and surprise non-qualifiers Kapiris and Gregorini were out of the meeting.

“I had to go back to basics and put a known combo in the car for this track – I had the data, so we made the changes to run Round 1 up against Marty Dack on Sunday. The track was actually very good, but lane choice was tricky for us in the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro due to my driving position and the poor vision I have when using the mirror to launch from the right lane and also due to the sun on the stage lights”.

“I picked the left lane, and did a crown pleasing fish tail win that actually took some driving to accomplish. I had to pedal twice after shaking and was all over the track trying to stay in it, but managed to take the win with a 5.19 to Dack’s 5.23″.

Other winners were Bishop over Priolo, Fabietti over Goonan, and O’Rourke over Phillips.

“I changed to the right lane for the semi-final against Fabietti – executed a bad light and had to chase him. First gear pulled hard – I punched second and the car rattled a little so I did a tap on the throttle – drove the Crusher hard to overtake Fab and win the round with a 5.06 – low ET of the meeting”.

“The team was elated after the win, as news came through that we had won the championship. After last year’s nail biting finish to the season going right down to the last race, it was a relief to secure the championship with one meeting remaining”.

O’Rourke managed to take out Stuart Bishop who red lit in the other semi-final setting up another battle of the giants in the finals. Zappia and O’Rourke are both long time Western Australian racers who have faced each other numerous times over the years, and with O’Rourke’s return to Top Doorslammer the two have met up together this year more than ever.

“The final was a hard tactical decision for the team. With the sun causing me difficulties on the start line, I chose the left lane – not the best performing lane over the day – but I was confident we could tune the car to get the right wheel speed and maintain traction”.

“Unfortunately the crew positioned me to avoid some blistering on the track surface, and the Crusher was pointed to the left. The car launched hard but went left – I pedaled and just grazed the wall, and came up short of O’Rourke’s winning 5.26 @ 216mph”.

“The result is a great response to our Sponsor’s support – winning the championship for Fuchs at their naming rights event. I managed to call Striker Crushing and Screening’s Director and owner of the Crusher in Malaysia, and he was elated with the win”.

“The Zappia Racing crew is amazing in their dedication and expertise they bring to the team. A big thank-you to them and their efforts. Also a big thanks to our long list of sponsors and supporters who each are significant and have contributed to the overall team performance”.

“This year has not been plain sailing, with the beginning of the season being challenging. We got a little lost chasing some performance – and believe me it is easy to get lost trying to get these brutal Doorslammers down the track competitively – but brought the car back to where we knew it would perform from our data which ensured the wins came”.

The Zappia Racing Team will return to Perth for the Perth Motorplex opening test-n-tune, before heading back to Sydney for the final meeting of the championship season at Sydney Dragway for the Australian Nationals on 31st October. With the Championship all wrapped up the team can concentrate on performing well at the Nationals without thinking about the outcome of the Championship, something that has come down to the last race for the past three seasons.

Looking forward to seeing as many sponsors and supporters in Sydney to help us celebrate our 7th consecutive Championship win.

Photography:
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Zappia Spring Nationals

Reigning ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia is in Adelaide this weekend for the Fuchs Spring Nationals, which is Round 8 of the current series – and hopes to extend his lead and secure a seventh straight championship.

“We are coming off three straight wins this season and our form is good” said Zappia, “The break since Darwin has been great and the team is refreshed, but we are more determined than ever to get the Fuchs/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro going quick”.

Zap holds a 138-point lead in the championship over Bishop, with O’Rourke a further 126 behind in third. With this event and the final round at the Nationals in Sydney, the champ looks in a strong position.

“Look we are not treating this lightly. Sport at the top level is tough – look what happened to Sydney in the AFL Grand Final – if you are off your game a small amount it could cost you. We are very thorough with our preparation and attention to details at Zappia Racing, and a very strong winning culture that is contagious and confidence building. But we will be trying to eliminate any mistakes that can creep in”.

“Adelaide is a great track for the fans, and our Naming Rights Sponsors Fuchs. The turnout and atmosphere is good, and we hope to entertain and thrill the crowd with the Crusher Monaro, and give our sponsors something to smile about”.

“Rino has done a great job in preparing the track and promoting this event and we hope there is a big crowd to create a great atmosphere”.

“We welcome new Major Sponsor – Hoosier Racing Tire, who will now be supplying our racing slicks. A big thank-you to Faron Lubbers for the support. We need all the technical expertise we can get to try and overcome the tyre shake these Top Doorslammers sometimes get plagued with”.

Top Doorslammer has eleven entrants for the two day event, with qualifying starting on Sat 4th at 4.30pm Adelaide time. Q2 is at 6.35pm, and Q3 at 8.20pm. Eliminations on Sunday 5th are at 11.45am, 1.50pm and 4.23pm.

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Zappia Can Clinch Top Doorslammer Title in Adelaide

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Aussie Drag Racing legend and Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia could add lucky number #7 to his six consecutive titles since 2008 this weekend at the Fuchs Spring Nationals in Adelaide.

The Fuchs/Striker Monaro has been a dominant force yet again this season coming off three successive ANDRA Drag Racing Series victories to hold a 138 point lead over his nearest rival Stuart Bishop.

Zappia is confident progression through the first round on Sunday should be enough to clinch the title or at the very least heap more pressure on Bishop.

“I’m pretty sure we only need to go past the first round,” says Zappia.

“We’re 138 points ahead. If we both get through the first round, then he can only gain 140 more points if I lost there and went out in the first round in Sydney (at the Australian Nationals).

“He needs to win this event and the next event. There’s a mathematical chance that is pretty well over if we get through the first round.

“I just put it out of my mind and just go for it. At the end of the day if I get eliminated he still has to win the event and then we know we can go pretty good at Sydney. He struggles there so we just put it out of our mind and go racing.

“If we qualify well we should have an easier run in the first round. He qualifies pretty well in Adelaide, he was second last year so we shouldn’t meet until the final like the final we should have had at Calder Park (at the Southern Nationals).”

According to Zap, aside from a Championship showdown the fans at Adelaide International Raceway can expect some lightning quick times as he attempts to break his own track record.

Running over 1000 feet instead of the usual quarter mile, Zappia feels the four-second barrier is realistic with a pass of somewhere in the 4.9 second zone at 230 mph.

“The track was good (last year) and I’m expecting a natural progression. Each time I’ve gone there the track has got better and better.

“We’re hoping we can get the car into the fours this time. We’ve got the track record at 5.03 at 226 or 228 mph, something like that. We’re hoping for a 4.90 at 230 mph.”

Featuring 11 drivers vying for a spot in the eight-car field, Top Doorslammer promises to be a headline attraction alongside Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel making their first appearance in Adelaide since October 2012.

The Fuchs Spring Nationals will be two days of high-octane Championship Drag Racing action featuring Top Fuel, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock Motorcycle and the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship this Saturday and Sunday October 4-5, 2014 at Adelaide International Raceway.

For more information and ticketing details please click here.

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Zappia leads Championship by 138 points

John Zappia extends his lead in the 2014 Championship to 138 points after gaining 118 valuable points in Darwin.

- Event Winner – 100 points

- Top Qualifier 5.917 @ 251.96mph – 8 points

- Event Low ET  5.845 – 5 points

- Top Speed 254.14 mph – 5 points

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Three wins in a row for Zap

Reigning Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia is back in the winning groove after taking out Round 7 of the ANDRA Pro Series over the weekend at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin, Northern Territory. The win comes on the back of wins at the X Champs in Sydney, and the Winternationals at Willowbank that has placed him in a position with the best possible chance of another back-to-back Championship.

“We had another great weekend of racing” said a jubilant Zappia, “The Striker Crushing/Fuchs Lubricants Monaro is really on fire at the moment, running very sweet and predictable and the crew and I have a handle on the car at this level of performance”.

“We really could not have asked for more – top qualifier; lowest ET, quickest mph, event win, and the track record! Apart from a broken valve spring, we had a super reliable event on what was a terrific track”.

Qualifying on the Friday night was between ten competitors – two local Darwin based teams and the rest travelling from various states around Australia. It’s a long trek to Australia’s most northern capital city, but the locals were out in force with their attendance and great hospitality.

Zappia was the only driver to break the five second barrier in qualifying with a 5.978 @ 246.89mph, and a 5.917 @ 251.96mph. The third qualifier was called off due to an oil-down in the braking area late in the evening.  Local driver Mathew Able managed second in his 57 Chev with a 6.08 @ 250.83mph, with Bishop and Gregorini close behind.

“I pedaled on both those passes as the car was moving around a lot and rattling the tyres. The track was much better than we thought – our sixty foot times were slow, so we stepped the car up for eliminations”.

Round 1 saw Zappia 5.845 defeat archrival Grant O-Rourke 6.686, while other winners were Kapiris 5.976 def Gregorini 6.021; Bishop 5.980 def Priolo 6.125; and Abel 5.977 def Dack 7.070.

“That was a great run – sixty foot time was better, and the 254.14 mph was a personal best for the team. We are making good horsepower and finally learnt how to make it stick reliably to the track”.

Semi finals were two great match ups with the quickest cars in Australia represented. Stuart Bishop in his auto Camaro 5.950 took out Abel 6.219, and Zappia 5.901 took out Kapiris 6.005.

That left a stunning final to be run between the top two championship runners – the “top end” fans could not have asked for a better race.

“Another straight pass on a track that just kept getting better. We gave it even more clutch for the final hoping to run another “five eight”.

Unfortunately Stuart Bishop had difficulties on the start line with his trans brake not holding and pulling him through for a red light and giving Zappia the win with a 5.877 pass.

“The Crusher ran like a dream in the final. I was not sure what was going on the other lane while staging. In the end I just ran my own race off my tree and came up with the win. It was a great event for our team and all our sponsors who have made this possible”.

Zappia takes his lead in the Championship out a little with three more rounds to go – the Spring Nationals in Adelaide, and Australian Nationals in Sydney both in October and the Nationals in Calder in December.7

“The dedication of our crew and supporters who give so much depth to this team is showing with the reliability getting much better compared to earlier in the season. We were chasing regular five sevens and five eights earlier to stay ahead of the pack, and that took some time to get out head around how to achieve that. We believe we can go quicker with some more development, and keep up our winning run.

Also enjoying the Darwin event was John’s nephew Brodie who won the Junior Dragster event at his first meeting outside the Motorplex. The event was in a Chicago Shootout format with every racer having three qualifiers and three eliminations with the best-performed racers going through to the final. Brodie was up against current No 1 JD driver Brayden Naylor and won with a 0.032 hole shot to a 0.123 light. This made for a first ever Zappia double and added to the team enjoyment of the top end trip. Brodie now heads to Alice Springs for the Sportsman Series round and hope to continue his good form.

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