John Zappia and his Zappia Racing team are on the road with the Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro, in their new transporter in between ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer meetings.
On 26th August this year Zap and the team travelled to Adelaide International Raceway for the eighth mile Doorslammer Challenge, and finished with third quickest ET, and fastest mph for the event.
“That meeting in Adelaide was just fantastic” said a smiling Zap, “It had been seventeen years since we raced there in the Australia vs USA Doorslammer Shootout in 1994, and the crowd was huge and very enthusiastic”.
“I managed some pedaling, sideways, out of shape 4.26 and 4.24 passes, and the blower belt came off in the third pass cutting the ignition off at 500 feet. Still went 4.40 though! Great to see the fans still love drag racing in South Australia – we will certainly be back to race there”.
The Team headed back to Perth for the Top Fuel meeting on 2-3rd Dec at the Perth Motorplex, and ran in the local Top Comp bracket. The Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro managed a 6.00 @ 247.25mph after a pedal from Zap, and in the second pass a fuel line came loose with a burst panel going on a lean cylinder”.
“We were happy with the incrementals for the two runs – the second was on a 5.80 pass we feel before the incident. Many thanks to Fuchs and Procomp Electronics for assisting with the new graphics on the transporter. The feedback from fans and supporters was great, and we are really happy with how the Team presents now”.
The team will next race in Perth on 6-7th Jan at the Nitro Funny Car event, where Zap will contest in the Top Comp bracket and further refine their quarter mile package.
Then Zappia Racing will head back east for the Slamfest Series organized by Pro Modified Australia – eighth mile racing on regional tracks. All Slamfest events will receive extensive television coverage with one hour shows on Speedweek on SBS, and Inside Speed on Foxsports plus stand-alone one hour self-titled Doorslammer shows on FuelTV, Foxsports HD and for international distribution. An additional 30 minute Full Noise show will also appear on Foxsports.
Heathcote Park Raceway will host a Slamfest on 21st Jan 2012, and is Victoria’s leading regional motorsport facility located just 25km south of Bendigo, off the McIvor Highway. Built in 1975 the venue has hosted some of Australia’s largest Drag Racing events and features one of the oldest and longest Quarter Mile Drag Strips in the country.
Fuchs South Coast Raceway in Portand on the southern coast of Victoria will host the next Slamfest on 3- 4th Feb 2012, and is proudly named the “best little drag strip in OZ”.
“We have never raced at Heathcote or Portland, so we are looking forward to those dates. We set the track record at Mildura with a 4.02 @ 191mph, and we hope to improve on that and dip into the three’s”.
The next round is across the Tasman to Launceston Tasmania at the Tasmanian Drag Racers Association’s Dragway Tasmania track on 18th Feb 2012. Zappia Racing last raced there a couple of years ago in Zap’s Rat in exhibition runs, and the new “Crusher” Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro will get a go on the newly updated track, including concrete start line and barrier walls.
After the three rounds of Slamfest Eighth Mile racing, the team will head back to Perth for Round Three of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship at the Westernationals on 3-4th March 2012 at the Perth Motorplex, where Zap will attempt to rein in Peter Kapiris who leads the series with 279.5 points, and stop fellow West Australian Robin Judd who trails Zap (209.5 points) on 187.5 points.
John Zappia and his team wish all their sponsors, supporters, fans and the drag racing community a Merry and safe Christmas, and a Very Happy New Year.