Seven times back-to-back Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia has his eye on some quick times this weekend at the ANDRA “Blow Your Mind” Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway. The pressure is off after he claimed the championship last meeting in Adelaide, and the country’s quickest Top Doorslammer driver is all fired up.
“Sydney is a special place for the team”, said Zappia, “We have often gone quick there and the Fuchs/Striker Crushing Monaro likes the track. Running the world’s first five-second pass is a great memory for the crew, as were the Nationals wins in 2007 and 2013. So we are keen to do well here this weekend to cap off a great season”.
The team comes off the back of some solid testing in Perth recently, where Zap rattled off a 5.778 in testing.
“We have continued testing a combo to overcome tyre shake in the Crusher, and saw some promising results at the Perth Motorplex that has given us some confidence to go after some quick times this meeting with the championship pressure off”.
“We recommend fans get to this meeting and see some awesome Top Doorslammer action. Adelaide fans just loved the wild racing there last round, and it got my heart pumping with some of the runs – using up all of the track and even tagging the wall on the final run”.
There will also be some exciting and explosive racing to determine the Top Fuel battle between Phil Lamattina and Alan Dobson, as well as Top Alcohol championship decider between Gary Phillips and Steven Ham.
Thirteen teams including the return of Victor Bray, have entered this final Top Doorslammer Round – all will be attempting to qualify for the eight-car field.
John ZAPPIA WA – HQ Holden Monaro 684
Stuart BISHOP QLD – Camaro 517
Grant OROURKE QLD – Pontiac 427
Peter KAPIRIS VIC – Dodge Saratogo 328
Martyn DACK WA – BF Falcon 315
Pino PRIOLO WA – ‘37 Chev 283
Maurice FABIETTI NSW – Holden Monaro 238
Victor BRAY QLD – ‘57 Chev 221
Bill GOONAN QLD – Camaro 65
Johnny ROSO ACT – Camaro 41
Geoff GRADDEN NSW – Chrysler 20
Jeffery WILSON NSW – Corvette 20
Steve DUPOND NSW – Ford Duster -
Sat 31st Oct 2014 – Eastern Standard Times
Q1 – first qualifying run. 12.22pm
Q2 – second qualifying run. 3.29pm
Q3 – last qualifying run. 6.15pm
Sun 31st Oct 2014
E1 – Round 1 elimination. 11.24am
E2 – Semi Final round. 1.42pm
E3 – Final. 3.52pm