In an extraordinary event at the Perth Motorplex that entertained the crowd to the fullest, the first Top Doorslammer match up in the wild west saw Maurice Fabietti and John Zappia tussle through the other fourteen teams and battle it out in the final.
Maurice was in form this weekend with several five eighty passes, and Zappia was on fire with a huge 5.683 @ 253.52 in qualifying, but struggling to get his power to hold the track. Maurice nearly pulled it off – getting a whole shot on the champ, and getting a car length in front by half-track. But that awesome power of the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro kicked in in second gear, and he roared past him at the finish line.
“It’s a great start to our 2015 championship campaign and sets us up nicely for the Westernationals here in a few weeks” said Zappia, “It’s only five rounds this season so each event is going to be critical”.
“It would have been nice to back up our 5.683 run but the track was a little tricky this weekend and we made some changes that went the wrong way – we have noted that in our data for future meetings”.
Qualifying on Friday night was spectacular with sixteen teams battling it out in near perfect weather – 26 degrees C (78 F), 29% humidity, and 1400ft density altitude.
Local knowledge seemed to play a part as six of the eight qualifiers (plus one ex sand groper) managed to get into the tough five-second field. Surprise non-qualifiers were Kapiris, Phillips, and Bishop.
Round one racing saw four match ups, with all teams struggling to get the power down. All passes were unrepresentative, with Dack defeating Gregorini; O’Rourke defeating Keys; Fabietti defeating O’Connor, and Zappia taking out Priolo. Zappia won his pairing with a 6.128, which was the quickest of the first round.
In the semi-final Fabietti turned in a quick 5.870 @ 246.57mph to dispose of O’Rourke who rolled the beams. Zappia was up against local Marty Dack.
“I knew this round was critical – Marty has gone five eight in his Falcon, and we had struggled a little since the quick run we did. The Monaro launched hard but shook – I gave it a tap on the throttle, shifted 2nd and ran a quick pass of 5.817 @ 251.39mph”.
“The Fuchs / Striker Monaro has a lot of power, but the tuning window is getting smaller – so our set-up decisions are getting more critical. I made some minor changes for the final but it was a repeat of the semi-final pass and got lucky with Fab blowing the burst panel”.
“I saw Fab nose over just before the finish line” said an animated Zappia, “I am not sure I would have got him otherwise. I had to pedal in first gear as the car shook, but it hooked up nice on the one-two shift and reeled him in”.
Zappia Racing would like to welcome MACA as a new Major Sponsor and hope they are happy with the start of our association. MACA Ltd is a mining and civil construction company with a team of over a thousand industry-experienced personnel, They offer contract mining, civil earthworks, crushing and screening and material haulage solutions tailored to the needs of your company. A big thank you to Craig Pedley from Striker Crushing and Screening who brokered the new sponsorship deal.
“Also happy to announce that Speedmaster have resigned for the 2015 season and would also like to thank Coch from Beta Spuds for their support over that last 11 years, who’s sponsorship was greatly appreciated”.
“A big thanks to our crew and support staff this weekend who worked tirelessly to keep the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro at the pointy end of the field. Also thank you to Clyde from Bravo Resources and Billy from Windrush Motorsport Composites for their efforts to repair the damaged front end before first round. Also want to thank Aurora Bearing Company and Santhuff Suspension Specialties for the new 2″ Double adjustable front struts that we recently fitted to the car prior to running our 5.718”.
“Our development program is working well – with a world-class 5.68 – a week after the 5.71, that shows us the potential of the car. I actually pedalled the car on that run as well, so it has more in it if I can hold my foot flat from start to finish. We still need to get our set up right to allow us to be more consistent based on varying track conditions”.
Zappia Racing return to the Motorplex for the 44th Westernationals and Round 2 of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 30th Jan 2014.
We would love to see as many of our Sponsors and supporters come to the track and visit our pits and say hello. There will be Zappia Racing Merchandise for sale and John will be only too happy to sign any of the Merchandise purchased.
Photos courtesy of Perth Motorplex