Zappia Racing presented for the Nitro Funny Car Challenge at the Perth Motorplex last weekend, entered in Top Comp in the Fuchs Lubricants/Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro, and made the B Final before rain caused the meeting to be cancelled.
The meeting was a chance for the “Crusher” to complete more runs ahead of Round 4 of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship in Calder, Victoria.
Zap’s first pass at 6pm was part of the twenty-car field’s compulsory qualifier, and a pedaling 5.943 @ 249.30 placed him third in the qualifying table, 0.053 over his 5.890 index.
“We have a niggly tyre shake problem on this track” said Zap, “I had to pedal to get through that and managed a fair pass considering”.
The Zappia Racing Team took to the Crusher during the break to make the necessary changes, as they faced Jon Ferguson in his AA/FC funny car at 8.30pm.
“The track actually came around a lot in two hours, and unfortunately we did not hit it hard enough, and I had to pedal again as it rattled the tyres. A 6.065 @ 245.90mph was enough to get us into the B Final against Pilkington in the AA/FC funny car. Western in the TA/D was to meet Championship leader McClure in the BB/FC in the A Final before a weather change brought rain, and the meeting was cancelled”.
“We were looking forward to that final – we are using a new on board ignition computer that requires a little more finesse compared to the six shooter we have been using for years. I reckon I had it figured out. Ultimately it will give us more control over the new engine package, which really makes extraordinary power for a sedan race car”.
Eleven cars have entered Round 5 at the Southern Nationals at Calder Park, named “Slam Fever” and proudly sponsored by Essendon Chysler Fiat on 4 – 5th April 2014.
“We are looking forward to presenting Fuchs and Striker Crushing and Screening before the fans in Melbourne and expect a good crowd. The normal three qualifier and elimination rounds are scheduled, so we have the time to gradually get on top of the track there”.
“Calder Park holds a special place in our hearts for the team. We ran the old HQ Zap’s Rat there in 1995 at the first Top Doorslammer Exhibition meeting, top qualified and defeated Brendan McSweeney in the final in the legendary “lawn mowing” incident. We have come a long way – our personal best at that meeting was 6.54 @ 218mph using a 554 Walt Austin Hemi, and we have the National Record at 5.745 – just under eight tenths quicker!”
“Our last meeting at Calder was straight after we ran the world’s first doorslammer five second pass in 2005, when we match raced against Lucky Belleri in his Camaro. At that meeting we re-set the track record to 6.32 @ 231mph for the quarter. This coming meeting will be over 1,000 feet, where the ANDRA National Record is yet to be set – a minimum of 4.81 and 235 mph has been applied. We are hoping to dip into the “fours” for the meeting for sure”.
Zappia Racing have new merchandise available for fans attending the Calder event Ð just make your way to the Zappia Racing pits and get Zap to sign your purchase.