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Zappia Runs 5.75 and Wins Fifth Straight Championship

The 2012 Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank International Raceway, Queensland Australia was the most dramatic event of the year for ANDRA Pro Series Australian Top Doorslammer teams – with inclement weather, extended race days, team withdrawals, nail-biting “championship on the line” runs, pending retirements, upset wins, and quickest passes in history – all playing center stage at various times of the event.

After all the dust had settled, John Zappia and his Zappia Racing Team claimed the ultimate prize of a fifth straight Top Doorslammer Championship in the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics “Crusher” Monaro.

“A very proud moment for our team” said John Zappia, “After getting knocked out in Round 1, we all had to watch in awe as our Championship played out in front of us with Peter Kapiris going rounds with a chance to overtake us”.

“In the end we got through, and it was a big moment for Fuchs Lubricants and Procomp Electronics as our co-naming rights sponsors. Our strategy and execution over the season has paid off for all of us”.

“It was fantastic to have Chris Lane from Striker Crushing and Screening at the event, as car owner Craig Pedley was away overseas as he has been for most of the season. He was thrilled with the team news, and 5.75 record breaking run”.

Zappia top qualified with Australia’s quickest pass – 5.750 @ 250.78 mph, in a field that ended with a 6.007 bump spot over two days of sometimes challenging conditions. “Everything came together on that pass – with excellent conditions for our car. Sticky track and great air suited our high horsepower combo”.

On Monday – elimination raceday, the heavens opened up and rain forced the event to be postponed to Tuesday. Unfortunately Mark Belleri withdrew from the event, which allowed Ben Bray into the field up against Zappia in a re-seeded Round 1.

“Benny got me on a hole shot on that race. We were quicker with a 5.814 @ 248.84mph to Ben’s 5.877 @ 245.32mph, but drag racing is all about first to the finish line – and his 0.046 reaction was killer to my 0.126. Congratulation on his getting it all together for that pass”.

“Sutton got though over Gregorini, Judd over Victor Bray – but the hardest to take was Kapiris getting through by beating Bishop. My heart was in my mouth watching the semi-finals, with Peter Kapiris in with a chance to take the Championship away from us”.

“We watched Sutton take out Benny Bray with a 5.984, then watched in trepidation as Judd 5.881 @ 250.83mph just took out Kapiris with a close 5.897 @ 252.00mph – guaranteeing our Championship win!”

“The whole crew were in the grandstand watching the race and erupted into cheers for Robin Judd and celebration at achieving the fifth straight Doorslammer Championship”.

“Now the final was nothing short of controversial, as Sutton tuned and drove the race of his career and took Juddy in a great race. Unfortunately the timing system failed to produce a correct result and after a protest by Judd, ANDRA awarded the race to Sutton based on what they could see from the video replay”.

“A big thanks to our dedicated crew and extended team members over the season – they have their reward for all the hard work. I rely of them supporting my drive, and goals myself and our sponsors set for the team. Our team enjoys unparalleled support from a great group of sponsors, and we thank them publically with gratitude”.

“It has been a mixed season, and it looked shakey early when we were behind on the points as Kapiris beat us in the semi of the Nationals Round 1 meeting, and then pipped us in the final of Round 2 at the Goldenstates. The Westernationals was our defining moment though – beating Judd to win the event. That set our Championship up after three rounds. We won Round 4 at Sydney, then reset the National record at Round 5 at the Nitro Champs and put away Kapiris to win that event. The 53 points from this event took us to 620 points for the season winning by 32.5 points from Kapiris, with Judd finishing 3rd a further 35 points behind Kapiris”.

“Zappia Racing will visit Darwin on 18th August 2012 for the Slamfest Round there, and then get ready for another exciting season of ANDRA Top Doorslammer racing in the 2012-2013 season (which starts in Sydney on the 2nd – 4th November 2012), where we hope to win a sixth back-to-back Championship to equal Victor’s record run of wins”.

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NDRA Top Doorslammer championship leader John Zappia made the case for a fifth straight national title on day two of the Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland, Australia’s biggest drag racing event.

Zappia scorched to a 5.75sec run in the second session of qualifying with his Fuchs/Procomp Motorsport Holden Monaro, the quickest pass in the history of the category. The Western Australian driver outpaced second placed Robin Judd’s 5.83sec and championship rival Peter Kapiris’s 5.89sec.

“It felt good but I didn’t think it would be that good,” he said. “We backed it off a bit from the first qualifying session and the track got a bit better; it started to rattle the tyres and I punched second gear where it started to fishtail a bit.

“It’s good to be the quickest again and so far it means we’re staying a few more points ahead of Peter (Kapiris) in the championship series.”

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Zappia resets Australian National Record to 5.76 and gets to Final

Fourty five and a half points separates the 2012 in-form racers Zappia and Kapiris in the lead up to the final round of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship on June 8th – 11th at the biggest event on the Australian calendar – the Winternationals at Willowbank International Raceway. The event is Round 6 of the Championship, that has seen a tug of war between the two friendly rivals all season. None was more evident than Round 5 – the recently held Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway.

After qualifying second quickest with a 5.782 @ 249.6mph, Zappia – the reigning four times back-to-back National Champion, worked his way through the field to meet up with Kapiris in the Final in an epic showdown.

Qualifying on the Saturday night saw some excellent racing from the thirteen car field, with a 6.016 bump spot eliminating all teams not up to that pace. Zappia brought the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro out for the first pass and had a few mechanical issues – managing a 6.17 @ 245.0mph to sit on the first round bump spot.

Second run from Zap was a 5.802 @ 249.9mph where Zap got out of the groove slightly, but otherwise a nice pass. With the Zappia Racing crew fine tuning the car, a 5.782 @ 249.6mph third qualifier took them to second place in the qualifying list.

“The five seven eight was more like what we were expecting from the car” said Zappia, “It is behaving how we want, with nice straight passes. Thanks to the crew for some hard work in the break between rounds to tighten up the car and ensure we are well into the five seven zone”.

“We left the car alone for the first round against my fellow West Australian Gregorini, and just snuck in by the skin of my teeth. I was a little disoriented at the tree and a 0.210 reaction time to Daniel’s 0.073 gave him a holeshot. But a strong 5.769 @ 251.1mph pass was too much for the Camaro’s 5.959 @ 240.59mph – and backed up the qualifier National Record of 5.782, and reset the record again with the 5.769! A great result for the team and the hard work we put in to stay at number one”.

Other round winners were Belleri 5.910 over Benny Bray 6.189. Mifsud 5.963 over Sutton 6.486, and Kapiris 5.828 over Judd 6.166.

“Round two was a little more important because Mifsud has a great package at the moment and has stepped up to five eights. As it turned out Sean had to pedal resulting in a 6.378 @ 236.1mph. My run was a little better although it rattled at the top of first gear but I managed to drive through it to a nice 5.785 @ 251.1mph. We are slowly creeping up in the MPH but still a long way off the 256mph that Kapiris is able to get”.

“Kapiris 5.860 defeated Belleri 9.927 in the other semi, so it was obvious watching all the results that the fine line between going quick and overpowering the track and blowing the tyres off was very fine. The extremely fine adjustments of each team’s tuner accounts for everything”.

“We knew that Kapiris would throw everything at his car to win in the final – this was his only Championship chance. So we stepped up the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro ever so slightly – the finest of adjustments based on our extensive data. Balancing ignition timing, with clutch settings, and the fuel management – all strong factors in how the car hooks up on this particular track on the day”.

“The final was an epic race, but unfortunately for me and the team we edged out of the perfect tuning window – and the car overpowered the track. My pedalling 5.941 @ 240.2mph was not enough as I watched Peter Kapiris streak ahead of me in the other lane to an amazing 5.789 @ 256.4mph win – a four hundredths improvement on his best for the day. Congratulations to Pete and his crew for an amazing tune in the final to keep his championship hopes alive”.

“We were very happy with the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro during this event – one of the best Sydney events we as a team have been to. The Top Doorslammer bracket with three separate cars running five sevens , and other brackets provided the large crowd with plenty of wow factor, and close racing.”

“We now know that a second round win at the Winternationals will seal our fifth consecutive championship for Fuchs Lubricants, Procomp Electronics, Striker Crushing and Screening, and all our other Major and supporting Sponsors, and look forward to the challenge”.

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Zappia resets Australian National Record and wins Sydney.

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia again showed why he is back-to-back Champion with a commanding win in Round 4 of the Top Doorslammer ANDRA Pro Series Championship. The Zappia Racing crew overcame early troubles in qualifying, and came back strong in the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro to reset the National Record to 5.801 seconds.

“We are delighted with the win for Fuchs Lubricants and Procomp Electronics” said Zappia, “They are our Co-naming Rights Sponsors and have showed faith in us as a team to fund this season. Today we repaid them and all our other sponsors and supporters who give our team a real depth”.

“When we came out for the first qualifier and it misfired all through the run, we were in two minds what to change to correct that, as a new mag was the only change since last meeting’s win. We changed the complete ignition and control system to be sure, but a broken throttle cable on the second qualifier really set us back”.

“But we have been in this position so many times, that we just went back to our basics – checked our extensive data, put in a reasonable tune and gave it our best. A 5.915 @ 245.94mph did the trick to get us into the field in fourth position”.

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“Overnight the crew did some minor head maintenance, and we set up for Round 1 against Bishop who surprised us all with his auto set up running a 5.916 in qualifying. We stepped up the tune up in Crusher for this run, and ran it out the back door for a potential National Record run of 5.801 @ 248.07mph. Benny Bray got a lucky break when Belleri shook and had to lift, Kapiris just beat Mifsud who impressed , and Judd had a bye when Fabietti could not start – what an unlucky break”.

“Our next run was a repeat of the Round 3 Final and I knew Juddy was kicking himself and would have a hot tune in the Stude, so we stepped up slightly in our tune. The Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro was crazy on this run, going sideways and I had to do some hard pedaling and steering to keep it in my lane. Robin also joined me in my lane giving me the automatic win – but a 5.952 @ 245.32mph was pretty good considering”.

Ben Bray won the other semifinal when Kapiris rolled the beams on the start to foul, and was not able to complete a representative pass.

“The final was going to be another cracker – I knew the Brays had some new equipment on the cars and were very keen for a win. Great to see them back in form. But never underestimate the power of our engines – thanks to Southside Engine Centre we had the killer motor back in for this meeting and it didn’t let us down”.

“Benny was on the money on the tree with a 0.064 reaction and was actually in front at about three quarter track, but I hit top and the torque monster Hemi we have developed at Zappia Racing set me back in the seat and just got us over the line for the win. The 5.836 @ 248.02mph was enough to back up the earlier run, and we reset our previous national Record”.

Zappia now leads the Championship on 480 points, ahead of Kapiris on 415.5, Judd on 407.5 and Belleri on 206.5.

“The team is ecstatic with the win. We have done it hard this year, and it’s been sheer guts and determination from all in the team that has us again at the top in the championship. Our will to win is high no doubt, but our team and huge list of sponsors and supporters really makes a difference in us getting all the things done. Graham Jones from Southside Engine Centre has finally retired and sold out of the business, and we pay him a huge tribute for his wisdom and racing pedigree in Australian nitro and blown alky racing. His guidance and advice has been instrumental in gaining championships. ”

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“Zappia Racing heads to Mildura for Easter with the next round of Slamfest eighth mile racing, where we hope to catch Peter Kapiris who leads me by five points”.

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Zappia back on top with Westernationals win.

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia won a hard fought Westernationals on the weekend in Perth Western Australia in the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro to further his recent winning ways and jump to the top of the 2012 ANDRA Pro Series Championship ladder.

“My crew worked very hard all weekend” said an elated Zappia at the award ceremony, “From before the first eliminator right up to the final, the crew did an amazing job to change two engines using the Elora Tools retailed by Alltools, and help get the car down the track so quick”.

“Thanks to Southside Engine Centre who completed a lot of machining for us during the week leading up to the event”.

Zappia Racing had to sit out the first qualifier due to engine damage prior to racing, but came back strong with a 5.997 @ 243.24mph in the second qualifier.

“We tuned up the spare “Old Faithful” engine up for the next qualifier, and the car ran a great 5.866 @ 245.90mph to move to second position in the field behind Judd on 5.861 and ahead of Kapiris on 5.867. That’s pretty close racing that the good sized crowd really enjoyed”.

Bump spot for the eight car field was 6.139 held by Gary Phillips, meaning seven racers missed out on eliminations.

First round match up for Zap was Ben Bray who managed a 6.111 to qualify in seventh position. Bray grabbed a hole shot 0.087 over Zap’s 0.141 but immediately went up in smoke, and had to watch the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro disappear on a 6.025 @ 224.43 pass that saw Zap torch a head gasket after half-track with a flash of flame – lift – then get back on to drive it out the back door in typical Zappia fashion.

“We just tuned it a little too much and it blew the head gasket – torching a nice big hole in the head and block. More work for Bravo Resources and Southside Engine Centre this coming week”.

Other winners in round one were Judd 6.662 over Phillips 15.205, Belleri 6.104 over Sutton 6.069, and the upset of the weekend Victor Bray 6.161 over Kapiris who hit the wall in uncharacteristic fashion.

The Zappia Racing crew set about completing their second engine change back in the pits, and had the engine started up at the same time as next opponent Victor Bray who also had an engine change to complete.

“I raced Victor in Portand at the Slamfest eighth mile event recently and he beat me on that occasion, so I was keen to turn that around. We saw this as a turning point in the Championship, and knew the next round was super critical for the team”.

Judd managed to defeat Belleri in the other semi 5.922 to 6.035, so it was vital for Zap to win his eliminator. The two elder statesmen of Top Doorslammer racing in this country faced off against each other, and Victor gave it all with a better reaction time, but Zappia’s 5.889 @ 245.90mph was too quick for the Chevy’s 6.101 @ 229.59mph.

“We knew the final would be close against Judd. He has a lot of power, but was having a few dramas getting the car down the track consistently. Nevertheless I had to dig deep for a good tune up with Richard Zappia who manages our data, and Gerry Andrijich our clutch guru. We knew we had the right tune up to win”.

The final of Top Doorslammer will go down in history as one of the great races of all time, with the local Perth crowd on their toes in expectation. Zap’s quicker 0.178 reaction time to Judd’s 0.201 gave him the head start, and he drove a side by side 5.866 @ 245.90mph win over Judd’s 5.878 @ 249.30mph to grab the win and the Westernationals Gold Christmas Tree trophy.

“What an amazing weekend’s racing. Big thanks again to a great crew who got Craig Pedley’s “Crusher” HQ Monaro to the line on time, and through for the wins. It’s great for Fuchs Lubricants, Procomp Electronics, and Striker Crushing and Screening who provide the main sponsorship that allow us to race full time on the Pro Series, and Slamfest circuits around Australia, and K-Trans for assisting in getting the transporter to events”.

The win has seen John Zappia wrestle back the Top Doorslammer Championship lead with 370 points, over Kapiris on 348.5 points, and Judd on 334.5 points.

“One of the team goals is to win another back-to-back championship, and this event has been a turning point in achieving that goal. We have been doing it tough this season – as we push the boundaries on engine development. We want more horsepower to be able to run the 5.7′s we think will be required to win more championships in the coming seasons. Our chassis can handle the power, so we will continue our engine development program to push the boundaries – like we as a team always have. Unfortunately there will be breakages when the weak link is discovered, but the development process rectifies these issues in time”.

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Zappia Goldenstates Attack

Local Perth hero and National Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia went to the final in the Goldenstates Championship at the Perth Motorplex last weekend and won runner-up, boosting his chances in the 2011/2012 ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship. He had to beat his strongest opponents Fabietti and Judd on the way to the final, with a showdown against Kapiris.

Zappia qualified third in the ten car field with a 5.920 @ 247.99mph that saw him pick up extra points for High Speed at the event. Top qualifier was in form Peter Kapiris with a 5.847 @ 243.90mph, with Judd second on 5.886 @ 247.93mph – the bump spot being 6.660.

“I am glad to get the points” said a reflective Zappia this week, “But obviously disappointed to lose the final with an engine problem. Peter was the man to beat all weekend, and congratulations to him on his win. The crew were kept busy on the Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro with engine work, as a few small issues caused us some drama including an engine change for the final”.

Zap did battle with Maurice Fabietti in Round 1, and went through for the win in a pedaling 6.025 @ 247.25mph to Maurice’s all over the place 12.449 @ 68.96mph. Other winners were Kapiris 5.884 @ 245.23mph over Priolo 8.105 @ 127.47mph, Dack 6.068 @ 240.00mph over Gregorini 6.347 @ 230.76mph, and Judd 5.873 @ 246.57mph over Murray O’Connor with a 6.15@234.37mph.

Round 2 saw Zap up against his arch rival Judd – the two hard hitters from the West. In an anticipated close race it was Zappia’s 5.983 @ 238.09mph that got the win over Judd’s 6.156 @ 241.28mph – Judd having the bigger pedal after tyre shake. The other winners were Kapiris 6.270 @ 210.77 over Dack 6.390 @ 230.76mph in the other semi, and enjoyed the reward of top qualifying with a relatively easy passage through eliminations.

“That race against Judd could have been a season decider when you think about it for both of us – it’s amazing how little events in a season can make or break a team. We hurt the engine on that run, and after an attempt to rectify it, I made the call to the crew to change the engine”.

“This meeting had lots of highs and lows as records were broken and racers set PB’s, but there were lots of racers that endured car or engine damage. We had our fair share of lows with two engines damaged in subsequent races, but our hearts go out to Gary and Debbie Phillips who went from the biggest high of running the first 5.4 in Top Alcohol, to running off the track and severely damaging the car and not being able to take any further part in the meeting”.

Zappia and Kapiris met for the final and at the 60 foot mark it was all over as the blower burst panel blew on the Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro, with Kapiris scorching to an event low 5.810 @ 247.25mph win, stretching his Championship lead after two rounds.

“There are four more rounds left in this ANDRA Pro Series Championship, and we have more to give in terms of performance. We will keep Kapiris and Judd honest, and if Fabietti gets the auto going, he may put pressure on all of us”.

Zappia Racing heads over to Adelaide in their new Transporter (check out the stunning graphics on the trailer, thanks to Current Trendz Race Graphics) to Adelaide International Raceway for the eighth mile series on 26th November 2011. The event is being promoted by Racing ONN Promotions, is fully ANDRA sanctioned, and the Major Sponsor is Fuchs. Details can be found at www.racingonn.com.au

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Zappia goes 5.777 – quickest Top Doorslammer pass in Australia

John Zappia presented for the Fuchs Nationals – Round 1 of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer 2011/2012 Series – and let everyone know why he is the Australian National Record Holder by recording the first “five seven” in competition, and claimed top qualifier position.

Qualifying for the event took a turn, after bad weather forced Sydney Dragway officials to cancel Friday night’s first qualifying round. Saturday arrived with all contenders faced with only two chances to gain entry into the eight car field.

First qualifier for Zappia saw him launch right, shake and head for the wall. “I took a chance, hit second gear and turned the wheel expecting it to turn, but the front wheels may have been off the ground and I glanced the wall, and missed my first chance” said an upbeat Zappia.

“We fixed the damaged headers and adjusted the door, took a look at the tune, and made a few minor changes to try and get in the field. What happened next was quite amazing. A good launch that headed right a little caused me to pedal and correct, then it pulled so strongly through all the gears, but to be honest when the track officials told me I had run a 5.777 @ 250.74mph I was stunned. I had actually short shifted in second gear , so to run that time – Australia’s quickest pass in a Doorslammer – and top qualify in the field was a highlight of the meeting”.

Zap was joined in the top half of the field by Judd 5.868, Belleri 5.902 and Kapiris 5.913 – the rest of the field posting six second runs. Bump spot for the meeting was Sean Misfud with a 6.327.

First Round match up with Mifsud in the PSI equipped Camaro saw Zap win with a 5.865 @249.12mph over a PB 6.006 @ 238.34mph from Mifsud. Other winners were Judd 6.007 over a red lighting Victor Bray 6.267, Belleri 5.936 over Fabietii 5.971, and Kapiris 5.847 in a close win over Ben Bray 5.949.

“The weather and track condition definitely favoured the 5.777 run, and the first round run gave us more data to try and trim up the tune for round two against our good friend Peter Kapiris. Peter had some good form lately and running regular low five eights, so the race was on for sure”.

“I staged and on the hit the car shook aggressively, blurring my vision. I hit second and when I finally got off it I found myself in the other lane. Peter ran the Saratoga right through for a 5.939 @ 253.90mph win to get through to the final”.

In a previous run – Robin Judd got a lucky break when Mark Belleri broke a fuel line on a strong run and aborted – but his 6.112 @ 244.47 was enough to gain a finals berth. The final saw Kapiris 5.809 @ 256.02mph take out Judd 5.844 @ 248.57mph and take top points for the Championship.

“What a great meeting. We got to showcase our new graphics package of our new season co-naming rights sponsors, and run the quickest pass in Australia. Seems only yesterday we were rejoicing going the first five second pass – and since that time we have been able to knock two tenths of a second off that time. We would have liked to have backed up that time and reset our National Record, but that awaits another day. Hopefully we can do it at the Motorplex in the Goldenstates in front of our home crowd”. “This season is set to be a cracker – with some quick times coming from many teams, and a few other teams set to pounce later in the season. Now that we have run our first five seven, I am excited about trying to run consistent five sevens as a new benchmark. We made five eights the benchmark the last few seasons, and we hope to be consistent in the five eigths to five sevens and to keep improving”.

Managing Director of Fuchs Lubricants Wayne Hoiles made comment on their new Co-Sponsorship: “Fuchs is proud to increase its support of Zappia Racing to joint naming rights of the team. It’s a team with proven championship performance and represents the true Australian spirit of determination and setting new standards”.

“We are very happy to have joint naming rights for this season with Fuchs Lubricants and Procomp Electronics” said Zap. “The race car will be known as the Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro. We again thank Craig Pedley from Striker Crushing and Screening for allowing us to race his “Crusher” Monaro for the 2011/2012 season”.

The management team at Procomp Electronics aim to support the team, foster the growing relationship, and identify their new product diversification. “Last season was a success with the relationship between Zappia Racing and the Procomp Electronics Team. Besides the success of last year’s season on the track, the relationship has strengthened and grown into different areas of production and business operations. The Procomp Electronics Team has also taken on board new production-lines involved with the diversification of their new product range. Some of the new brands are Pro Fuel Delivery (Pro FD) and Traction Drive Systems (TDS), as seen on the door of John’s Top Doorslammer. All in all the relationship is prospering and taking new ventures in the area of motorsport”.

Zap commented this week – “We also welcome new German hand tools manufacturer Elora, tool distributors Alltools and our major sponsors in Striker Crushing and Screening, K-Trans Racing, Beta Spuds, Southside Engine Centre, Noonan Race Engineering and PPG Automotive Refinish”.

“Also thanks to our Supporting Sponsors Santhuff, Victory1, B & J Racing Transmissions, Mi Camcorders, Current Trendz, Crow Cams, Aero Group – Avtrac Maintenance Tracking, Legend Boatbuilders, Taylor Tyres, Kounis Metal Industries, Bravo Resources, CIC High Performance Coatings, Aurora Bearings, and Track-Meter”.

“We race again at the Goldenstates in Round 2 of the ANDRA Pro Series. We always welcome racing on our home track. The Perth Motorlex has found some extra bite in the track recently, and with some renowned great air at that time of year, we could see some record breaking racing. I certainly recommend fans get to the Perth Motorplex for that round. We could see a record bump spot as at least six of the race teams have already gone below six second quarter miles already this season”.

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Zappia Unveils New Look Crusher Monaro.

Four time Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia will this week unveil his new look HQ “Crusher” Monaro at the Fuchs Nationals event in Sydney Australia – Round One of the new Pro Series season – with stunning new graphics. Joint naming rights sponsors Fuchs Lubricants and Procomp Electronics have contributed to the design of the new graphics. Also joining their major sponsors list is German hand tool company Elora and K Trans Racing. Tool distributor Alltools has also joined as a supporting sponsor, and Zappia racing have welcomed all new and existing sponsors to the team.

The new car livery is thanks to modern wrap technology, designed by Drew from YBI Creative. Local Perth race graphics specialist Jamahl from Current Trendz Race Graphics used his new wrap printer and applied the graphics to the Crusher, and PPG paints finish the overall look.

The new Australian drag racing season commences this weekend, with Top Doorslammer tipped to be a highly competitive category this year.

“This season may be the best yet” said John Zappia in Sydney this week, “Zappia Racing has a very mature racing program that consistently sees us at the top end of the field, but other teams are developing their programs, or stepping up with new cars or gear. We will certainly feel the pressure, and fans will get some close exciting racing this year”.

John Zappia has won four consecutive Top Doorslammer Championships, and is the ANDRA National Record Holder for the category. He defends his title again this year, with many racers hot on his heals and anxious for wins.

“I sense some real motivation in my competitors to beat us – and hopefully we can stay ahead of them. Racing is all about winning despite the obstacles we all face. This category of racing is difficult, and all consuming in the preparation required to run top numbers consistently. We are very confident we can put on a good show for our sponsors and fans this year.

“The weather in Sydney this week and condition of the track may see a few teams dip into the “five sevens” in competition. Our development program is driven to achieve that, and the Crusher has new technology in the car to be able to consistently run those times in the future without affecting reliability. We look forward to racing this weekend”.

Racing at the Sydney Dragway in the Fuchs Nationals starts on Saturday afternoon with Qualifying, and Eliminations are on Sunday. Check www.wsid.com.au for details.

Live and interactive coverage of the event is being provided by www.dragnews.com.au