As the Christmas and New Year approaches, John Zappia and the Zappia Racing Team wish all sponsors, supporters, fans and friends a happy and safe festive season.
“It has been an amazing year for the Team” says Zap, “Winning the Slamfest Series was fantastic, and the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship was a long shot early in the season – and for it to all come together like it did is still overwhelming”.
“We have come back to earth since that win, as we have entered our testing program for next season and encountered some challenges in trying to improve our start line and top speed”.
Zap presented the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro into Top Comp at the Perth Motorplex USA Jet meeting on 16th November.
“We had in a brand new clutch for trials, along with numerous other changes and we really had trouble getting the car to hook up – blazing the tyres on the hit in qualifying”.
In the Eliminator at 8pm Zappia faced Rob Pilkington in TA/FC trim who was running with the 5.56 track record as his handicap, and Zap on a 5.90 handicap.
“I had to pedal twice, and almost got Pilko but his 5.805 @ 225mph on an excellent 0.038 reaction was too good for my 6.174 @ 243.24mph”.
“We arranged a grudge race to do more testing and again I had to pedal and ran a 6.03 @ 248mph but in the braking area the car felt very strange, and indeed Lady Luck was with us as the crew discovered the diff spindle had sheared clean off and the rear wheel was on it’s way out”.
With Richard Zappia armed with new data and clutch guru Jerry with some homework to do on his new clutch, the crew packed up and headed to the large country town of Narrogin 192km south of Perth for the 21st Narrogin Revheads Home of Horsepower event. The Striker was on display and Zap started the car to the delight of the crowd.
Next event for Zappia Racing was the Nitro Thunder two-day event at the Perth Motorplex on 29 – 30th November, where Top Comp attracted 13 entries.
“We were rained out on the Friday night for our pass, so presented for the Saturday afternoon run. Nice strong burnout, but on the hit the hemi went mysteriously silent. Took us ages to find out the problem – a sheared quill shaft in the PSI blower. We had changed most components trying to find that, and just made it to the compulsory qualifier at 6pm”.
Zap completed his burnout, but had to pull to the side of the track as the engine went dead again.
“Well if it doesn’t rain it pours! We had another component failure unexpectedly, which killed the motor. We then had a draw up against Daniel Gregorini in the T/D Camaro who was still coming to terms with his PSI combination”.
The run was over in an instant as Zap rarely cherried the tree (-0.006) giving Gregorini the win. His 6.045 @ 242.58mph his best so far in the PSI, against Zap’s pedaling 6.052 @ 247.25mph.
“May as well get all the bad stuff out of the way in testing” lamented Zappia, “Disappointing to red light, but thatÕs racing. We still have work to do on the clutch and some new timing gear we have installed”.
“The team managed to squeeze in a grudge run – again up against Gregorini prior to the finals and ran a 6.22 with the Blower snout snapping off mid run. At this rate we’ll have all new parts for the start of the 2014 season”.
“We will take a break over the festive season, do some fishing and freshen up for next year’s racing and be back for the Nitro Max Meeting on the 10th and 11th January 2014″.
“Once again I thank all sponsors, supporters, crew and family for their support in our quest to be the best. Six straight ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championships is an awesome effort from a lot of people involved. Myself and all the team wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.