Zappia Hoping for more Nationals Success at Australian Nationals


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.

Entrant:                                                                      Points:

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                          -


Racing Schedule:

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


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