Zappia runs first 3 in Australia and wins Mildura

Australian Top Champion John Zappia added another accolade to his racing resume this weekend by running the first ever eighth mile three second pass in Australia, at the Slamfest event in country town Mildura, Victoria.

The Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro won the final, and took over the lead in the Slamfest Top Doorslammer Series run by Pro Modified Australia.

“An excellent days racing with the car performing well” said an upbeat Zappia, “We are on a roll now with our wins – momentum is building, and the team is really positive”.

“We carried on from our Tasmania tune-up, as we are still learning eighth mile racing, and the first pass blew the tyres off at sixty feet. The air was good, so we took a little out for the second qualifier and ran a 4.04 @ 186mph. Sixty foot times were our lowest ever – so the track was holding our power”.

“The 4.04 got us Top Qualifier position, and a solo in Round 1. Gerry tweaked the clutch a little and a 4.00 @ 186 showed a nice incremental improvement on the previous run”.

“I had people coming up asking if a three second run was possible – and of course it was provided all went well. In the Semi-final against Victor Bray the air got better and history was made as a 3.98 @ 187mph came up on the board, over Victor’s 4.20. Phillips 4.18 defeated Kapiris 4.23 in the other Semi”.

“Another great record for Craig Pedley’s “Crusher”Monaro. He is away overseas on Striker Crushing and Screening business, but was pretty excited with the result. Fuchs and Procomp Electronics deserve the win for their continued sponsorship of the team”.

Phillips gave Zap a great battle in the final with a 4.18 on the cold track but Zap was too good running a 4.05 @ 187mph.

A quick look at Doorslammer history:

John Zappia recorded the first Doorslammer 7 second run in Australia, and the World’s first Super Stock car in the sevens, with a 7.98 second pass at 174.40 mph, on December 26, 1988 at Ravenswood International Raceway, Perth, Western Australia, in his AA/Gas HQ Holden Monaro “Zap’s Rat”.

He recorded the first legal Doorslammer 6 second run in Australia with a 6.912 pass at 209.79 mph, on December 26, 1991, in his AA/Gas HQ Holden Monaro “Zap’s Rat”, at Ravenswood International Raceway, Perth, Western Australia. At the time it was the fastest pass by a doorslammer in the world.

Zap recorded the first legal Doorslammer 5 second run in Australia with a 5.967 pass at 241.97 mph, on 17th Sept 2005, in his new Rentco Monaro Top Doorslammer at Western Sydney International Raceway, NSW.

This new record of 3.98 @ 187mph makes Zap the first member of the Promod Australia Three Second Club.

“I am sure there will be many members of this three second club – we are all learning this eighth mile racing, and plenty of racers have what it takes to run three’s”.

The Zappia racing team head back to Sydney for the Nitro Champs, where Round 5 of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship will be run at Sydney Dragway.

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Slamfest record: Mildura first regional track to achieve a three-second pass BY LIZ O’ BRIEN
09 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM
A RACE record was set on the Mildura leg of the Doorslammers’ Slamfest at the weekend.
About 3700 people turned out to watch 97 competitors race at Koorlong’s Sunset Strip track.
Publicity officer Jenni Gledhill said it “was some of the closest racing” since Slamfest’s inception three years ago.
As well as travelling to regional tracks nationwide, the event – which started in Mildura in 2010 – is held annually here.
Ms Gledhill said until the weekend, no driver had managed to race at a track in under four seconds.
“All of the Slamfest series travel to regional tracks all over Australia chasing the three-second pass and Mildura actually got that last night (Saturday), so we’re pretty proud and stoked with that,” she said.
“ John Zappia took the three-second pass at 3.9 seconds.
“Its the first one that’s ever happened in the Slamfest.
“Competitors have been pushing the cars to be the first to get that three second-pass down a regional track.”
Zappia also won the race meeting and was awarded a trophy and prize money.
He managed to reach 187mph, (300.94km/h) surpassing the average 120mph (193.12km/h) speed, on the 200-metre track.
Ms Gledhill said racing finally got underway at noon on Saturday, after a dust-storm required the track to be cleaned a second time, adding a two-hour delay.
Volunteers managed to wash the track and restore it to racing condition.
“The work the guys did was magic,” Ms Gledhill said.
“It all went extremely well, it was some of the closest racing we’ve seen.
“We had day-tripppers from South Australia, we had people from Melbourne and entries all the way from WA, so that was pretty good to get such a wide variety of entrants.
“The quality of entrants was outstanding and it was some of the best racing .
“We had some of our local drivers take podium positions in some of the events, which is always nice.

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