John Zappia won his first Western Australian “Top Comp” Championship after the results of the last A Final were run at the Grand Final event at the Perth Motorplex last weekend. In a nail biting run for the Zappia Racing Team, Maurice Brennan in the AA/AP Commodore could have won the Championship, but was beaten by close friend and Top Comp Rookie Jeffrey Clark in the BB/D dragster handing the Championship to Zap by five points.
“It’s great to win after being runner-up last year”, said John Zappia, “The Top Comp Eliminator is very competitive here, and winning the Championship is a coveted trophy. It’s the first time I have won a local Championship at the Perth Motorplex, although we did pretty well in the Ravenswood days with the original Zap’s Rat”.
Zap presented for the Grand Final event in the Striker “Crusher” Monaro Top Doorslammer, and in good air managed an off the trailer 5.824 @ 243.24mph in the first qualifier.
“No doubt about Craig Pedley’s car, it is consistent and reliable in its application of our tune and settings. Unfortunately we had a failed lifter, and the crew managed a complete engine change in time for the second qualifier”.
“The car started to shake a little on this pass and the data logger shows I pedaled the car three times, hit second gear and the car took off for a 6.053 @ 241.28mph. Not bad considering”.
The 5.824 placed Zap seventh in the qualifying list 0.586 under the Top Comp Index of 6.410. Jeffrey Clark top qualified with a 5.924 on a 6.750 Index – 0.826 under his index!
“First Eliminator against Rob Young in the BB/GA Torana saw the air come around to about 500 feet, and the track temp drop. My hot tune up was too much for the track and blew the tyres off on the hit, running out the back door with a 6.704 @ 237.46mph for the win. It was enough to gain 120 valuable points, and put the pressure on Maurice Brennan to win his final”.
Jeffrey Clark and Maurice Brennan met in the A Final to decide the Championship. In what turned out to be a pedal fest, Jeffrey managed the win and left Zap at the top of the points table.
John Zappia finished first on 735 points, followed by Maurice Brennan on 730 points, and Jeffrey Clark finishing third on 690 points.
“It was a magnificent debut for the Striker Crusher Monaro – with a string of five eights during the year, a Top Comp win, a local Top Doorslammer win, and a Runner-up. Many thanks go to our loyal local sponsors, supporters and fans. It takes people power to run a Group 1 car so often, and so many people are willing to put their hand up – or in their pocket for this Team”.
“We reward our sponsors and supporters with consistent quick times, and winning events and championships makes it all worth the effort”.
Since the first sub six second pass at WSID in 2007 the Zappia Racing Team have run a total of 194 sub six second passes, and of these 35 passes have been in the 5.8′s. A lot of this can be accredited to the effort of the crew and the quality of the parts used by the team and the quality of the oils and fuel. Special thanks to all the Sponsors who either put in dollars and/or quality products to allow Zappia Racing to be one of the most consistent and competitive teams in Drag Racing.
The Zappia Racing Team head to Western Sydney International Dragway, NSW for the Nitro Champs on 30th Apr/2nd May 2010 featuring Top Doorslammer Round 6 where we hopefully we can close the gap on Robin Judd for the Top Doorslammer National Championship.