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Zappia back in winner’s circle at Sydney Dragway

A ray of hope remains for John Zappia in the 2018/19 400 Thunder Pro Slammer championship after he won Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway on Saturday.

Zappia defeated Paul Mouhayet in a crowd-pleasing final, running a 5.65 to not only take the victory but also set low ET of the event.

While the pace of the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro was on point for the final, the strongest performance came from the Zappia Racing crew, who needed to thrash in the pits after some minor damage in the second round.

“Our first test pass and our first round pass were both a bit messy, but we got the first round win and even a low ET for the round with a 5.83 as everyone else struggled with the conditions,” Zappia said.

“For the second round we changed some ratios in the B&J gearbox to maximise on the conditions and we went 5.74/250mph. That speed seemed down and sure enough when we checked the Noonan engine in the pits we found a burnt spark plug and a burnt piston due to a lean condition in the tune up.

“We needed to thrash to get the cylinder head off and put another CP Carrillo piston in. The crew had already worked their butts off through the day but they were like clockwork in getting us ready for the final.

“Time was against us and we didn’t even have the chance to set the tappets on one side and warm up the motor before we had to be in the staging lanes for the final. We got into the lanes in time for the final and thank Paul and his crew for giving us the time to be ready for start-up before starting their car!

“I had to just rev it up and go for it. My reaction time was a little slow, with our thrash just a few minutes earlier still on my mind. But the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro made it through first gear clean and we were able to get the win.”

The run did get a little wild in the braking area for Zappia.

“I hit a few bumps and then realised I was in Paul’s lane after the finish line! I drove back into my lane to get out of his way and could finally calm down to absorb what had just happened.

“Paul came over and congratulated me and I got the good news about our 5.65. We had all been so busy just trying to turn the car around and once it all happened there was just as much relief as excitement.”

After taking the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro to a photo shoot at Muscle Car Warehouse, the team loaded up to return to Perth. With just one round remaining in the championship – the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway – Zappia said the focus was on bringing home the event win and using the cool winter conditions to improve on recent performances and get better consistency.

“The gap has closed up a little bit in the points (-61) and while it would still take a miracle to win the championship we are going to give it our best shot,” he said.

“We will go to the Winternationals hoping to win and end the season on a high for our sponsors and supporters. We need to win the meeting and get low ET and hope that Paul either doesn’t qualify or goes out first round. It’s a tall order, with so many top Pro Slammers entered, but not impossible.”

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Zappia Racing welcomes new sponsor and heads to Darwin for Nitro up North 2018

John Zappia and Zappia Racing Promotions would like to welcome Parry Bitsikas and Billy from Muscle Car Warehouse as a Major Sponsor for the 2018/2019 Australian Drag Racing season.

Parry and Billy are both keen motor car enthusiasts having bought and sold many muscle and collectible cars over the years.

Their company, Muscle Car Warehouse has been set up for the motoring enthusiast who is interested in purchasing their Muscle Car dream, either as a personal or Superannuation investment.

Muscle Car Warehouse can also sell their collectible cars to interested investors or request a specific car for them to source. They can also assist with pricing guidelines and advice on the Muscle Car market.

Zappia Racing hope to have a successful 2018/2019 season and take Muscle Car Warehouse on our drag racing journey. A big thank you to Parry and Billy for putting their faith and sponsorship in Zappia Racing.

John Zappia and his race transporter are on their way to Darwin with the Fuchs Lubricants/Dananni Hotshots Monaro ready for the start of the 2018/2019 racing season.

John is excited about the upcoming season and to begin his clash with new series champion Paul Mouhayet and several other race teams who have recently stepped up and thrown out the challenge to the rest of the field.

Having set the Hidden Valley track record at 5.69 at last year’s Nitro up North, John is hoping to improve on his performance – having been knocked out in the quarter final with a mechanical issue.

John has given the Fuchs Lubricants/Dananni Hotshots Monaro a thorough check over and hopefully the car will perform as we know it can.

The all-run format will see all cars testing on the Friday night then the point scoring rounds run on Saturday 14th July 2018.

John and the Zappia Racing team always look forward to Nitro up North due to the incredible atmosphere at the track as well as catching up with our northern friends and supporters.

Zappia Racing are hoping to see as many Sponsors, friends and supporters at the Hidden Valley track visit us and check out the merchandise in front of our pit area.

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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.