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Zappia Wins WA Drag Racing Top Doorslammer Championship

Fresh off winning a seventh back-to-back ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship in Sydney, John Zappia presented for the WA Drag Racing Championship meeting at the Perth Motorplex and won the final.

Zap and his team headed back to Perth from Sydney a week ago with the damaged Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro – after a hard hit on the LH wall in Sydney, and faced with extensive repairs. He was also directed by ANDRA to cut the rear wing ten inches shorter as the Top Doorslammer design grandfather clause would expire at the end of 2014.

“The crew and our supporting sponsors worked very hard to get this car ready for the event” said Zappia, “We were keen to test our new rear wing design, in preparation for the new Top Doorslammer season. I am pleased to say that our design was a success, and we ran a Motorplex personal best speed of 252.80 mph and kept our directional stability.”

“Our qualifying runs saw the car launch to the right – the first pass I clicked it off early, and the second compulsory qualifying run at 6pm I pedaled the car and ran it through for a 5.967 to capture second spot in the qualifying order”.

The crew set about making the necessary suspension changes, and prepare for the first eliminator against Aldridge. The run was important, as it would determine entrance to either the A or B Final depending on ET.

“Staging better, and into a stiff headwind the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro launched better and I was able to hold full throttle all the way to win with a 5.804 @ 252.80mph. That was good enough for an A Final berth.”

“The A Final saw me up against Gregorini in the Camaro. Into an even stiffer breeze the car went right off the launch, so I pedaled and wrestled the car back finally into the groove and drove it straight out the backdoor for a 5.835 @ 252.80mph win over Daniel’s 6.043 @ 241.93mph”.

“That was a great comeback for the team after our Sydney incident, and positive development with our aero package. Many thanks to Clyde at Bravo Resources for the chassis and rear wing work, Brett at Windrush Motorsport Composites for repairs, Jamal from Current Trendz for late night sign work, Nobby from Hiltone Body Works for the paintwork and all the crew that put in late nights to make it all happen”.

“It was great to have Craig Pedley (Managing Director of Striker Crushing and Screening) at the track to see his modified Crusher Monaro perform so well and win the event in his presence”.

“We now get ready for the Nitro Thunder event at Perth Motorplex on the 29th November and will try to improve on what we have already done in preparation for the start of the 2015 ANDRA Championship series which starts on January 9 & 10 for the Home Group WA Nitro Slam event”.

Qualifying:

DACK – BA FALCON 5.938; ZAPPIA – HQ MONARO 5.967; KEYS – MONARO 6.016; GREGORINI – CAMARO 6.03; ALDRIDGE – CHEV BELAIR COUPE 6.312; PRIOLO – 36 CHEV COUPE 6.330.

Eliminations:

GREGORINI – 5.951 @ 241.93 DEF KEYS – 5.956 @ 241.28

DACK – 5.975 @ 240.00 DEF PRIOLO – 6.351 @ 232.55

ZAPPIA – 5.804 @ 252.80 DEF ALDRIDGE 21.189 @ 26.17

B Final:

KEYS – 6.040 @ 228.42 DEF DACK – 6.485 @ 162.74.

A Final:

ZAPPIA – 5.835 @ 252.80 DEF GREGORINI 6.043 @ 241.93

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Photos:
Perth Motorplex www.motorplex.com.au and High Octane Photos www.highoctanephotos.com

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Zappia Racing season wrap up

Now Seven Times Back-to-Back Australian ANDRA Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia wrapped up his 2013-2014 season in Sydney at the Australian Nationals with a less than desirable finish but put on a great show for the crowd with his wild drives on a tight and tricky track.

“The meeting was full of drama,” said a lamenting Zappia, “The weather threw big curve balls to all the teams most of the weekend. From thunderstorms to searing heat, the set-up for the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro was challenging and we suffered a lot of tyre shake. The track was really killer, and caught us out with our decision making.”

With pedaling qualifying runs of 6.076 @ 243.55mph and 6.205 @ 221.74mph, Zap slipped behind Kapiris’ 5.790 (top qualified), Bishop 5.954, and Dack 6.033 to take fourth spot in qualifying order.

“Round one ended up a solo as Fabietti could not present. The air dropped quickly to 1000 feet corrected and the Crusher made plenty of power. The car launched hard and straight, started rattling after sixty foot and went right– so I pedaled and punched second. It came around towards the wall so fast I was able to get the car around enough and slide it in sideways to the wall, and idle down through the finish line to the braking area”.

The Zappia Racing crew assessed the damage in the pits and made the call to pull out of the semi-final. The damage was too great to take any risks and as the Championship was already wrapped up.

“The event was disappointing for us, but looking back on the season we are pretty happy with the end result – our seventh back-to-back Championship. It’s a big result for our co-naming rights sponsors – Fuchs Lubricants, and Striker Crushing and Screening. They have supported us in their sponsorship, and we have been able to reward them with a top result again”.

“It was a mixed season with the first three rounds a struggle, then we moved into the winning groove for the next five events after a set-up change allowed us to be more consistent”.

“A big thank you to all the crew who have put in their valuable efforts on this long season. Continued support from our naming, major and supporting sponsors has continued to give the team depth and confidence, and our gratitude is extended to them”.

“Also a big thank you to all our supporters and well-wishers who follow us give us the encouragement to keep putting on an exciting and professional show”.

“There will be no let up as we get back to repair the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro and hopefully be back on track at the Perth Motorplex for the 15th November”.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS 2014

ELIMINATIONS

ROUND 1.

ZAPPIA BYE – 10.043 @ 84.81; BISHOP 5.917 @ 240.51 def PRIOLO NTR; DACK 6.181 @ 233.16 DEF O’ROURKE 6.829 @ 232.43; GRADDEN 5.960 @ 246.71 DEF KAPIRIS 6.017 @ 255.05.

SEMI-FINAL:

GRADDEN BYE – NTR; DACK 6.835 @ 153.86 DEF BISHOP NTR.

FINAL:

GRADDEN 6.031 @ 244.21 DEF DACK 7.943 @ 118.66.

NEWS: The new 2015 ANDRA season has been announced and the first two of the five Top Doorslammer events will in Perth. See date below.

January 9-10 – Perth Motorplex
Top Doorslammer Round 1, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 1

January 30-31 – Westernationals, Perth Motorplex
Top Alcohol Round 1, Top Doorslammer Round 2

March 14-15 – Adelaide International Raceway
Top Alcohol Round 2, Top Doorslammer Round 3, Pro Stock Round 2, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 2

May 1-3 – Sydney Dragway
Top Fuel Round 5, Top Alcohol Round 4, Top Doorslammer Round 4, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 5, Pro Stock Round 3, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 3

June 4-7 – Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway
Top Fuel Round 6, Top Alcohol Round 5, Top Doorslammer Round 5, Top Fuel Motorcycle Round 6, Pro Stock Round 4, Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 4

Zappia Racing Season Wrap Up:

Round 1 – Pro Showdown (Perth Motorplex)

Qualified 2nd, Top Speed for event, lost round 1.

Round 2 – Westernationals (Perth Motorplex)

Low ET and Top Speed for event. B Final win.

Round 3 – Westernationals (Perth Motorplex)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, lost round 1.

Round 4 – Top Doorslammer (Calder Park Raceway)

Qualified 2nd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Equal Winner as final cancelled.

Round 5 – X Champs (Sydney Dragway)

Qualified 3rd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 6 – Fuchs Winternationals (Willowbank International Raceway)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 7 – 7Mate Top Doorslammer (Darwin Hidden Valley Drag Strip)

Top Qualified, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Won event.

Round 8 – Fuchs Spring Nationals (Adelaide International Raceway)

Qualified 2nd, Low ET and Top Speed for event, Runner-up in Final.

Round 9 – Australian Nationals (Sydney Dragway)

Qualified 4th, got to 2nd round but could not present.