John Zappia is all setup at Willowbank International Raceway ready for this years City of Ipswich Winternationals, and is excited about maintaining his stranglehold on the class.
“With both Championships wrapped up for the season, the pressure is off compared to seasons past”, said Zappia “We can just concentrate on getting the Fuchs Monaro to go as quick as possible and hopefully take the win”
The event is the final 400 Thunder Championship Round, and the Top Doorslammers are classed as Pro Slammers, and a sixteen-car field is offered to the 17 teams entered.
Zappia has a strong history at the Winternationals event, Top Qualifying at seven of the last nine events. He is the quickest door car in Australia, and definitely the one to catch.
The table below is an interesting overview on the progress of the class over the last ten years – with elapsed times falling three and a half tenths (0.352) in the period.
|No||Year||Q ET and MPH||Zappia Place||Zappia Event Result||Zappia Event Low ET|
|9||2015||5.730 @ 253.37||Top Qualifier||Winner||5.693|
|8||2014||5.763 @ 253.33||Top Qualifier||Winner||5.763|
|7||2013||5.745 @ 252.24||Top Qualifier||Rained out||5.745|
|6||2012||5.750 @ 250.78||Top Qualifier||Round 1||5.750|
|5||2011||5.914 @ 234.78||2nd Qualifier||Rained out||5.914|
|4||2010||5.866 @ 241.07||Top Qualifier||Winner||5.805|
|3||2009||5.901 @ 238.98||Top Qualifier||Winner||5.909|
|2||2008||6.020 @ 239.49||3rd Qualifier||Semi Final||6.020|
|1||2007||6.082 @ 230.89||Top Qualifier||Winner||5.996|
“In our first season we had a basic Hemi with a Whipple blower, and a new chassis that we were still setting up. Over the years the horsepower has increased dramatically with new technology, and we learnt what makes a Doorslammer go quick with lots of testing and laps”.
“A five six is definitely on the cards. We have run three so far, and the track here at Willowbank is always top notch, and we are able to go after ET with aggression in our tune up. We are also aiming for some sort of consistency to go rounds. The Zappia Racing Team are all looking forward to it, and to give back to our amazing sponsors, supporters and friends that back our efforts”.
“We have a new range of merchandise, with the sublimated shirts selling like hot cakes – so we recommend fans get in early to get their signed memorabilia”.
The Winternationals starts for Pro Slammer on Friday 10th June with qualifying.
Q1 Friday 3.33PM EST
Q2 Saturday 10.42AM EST
Q3 Saturday 1.22PM EST
Eliminations start on Saturday with four rounds of racing.
R1 Saturday 3.23PM EST
R2 Sunday 10.57AM EST
R3 Sunday 2.07PM EST
F Sunday 4.42PM EST
The event is being covered live by Drag News Australia via their website at www.dragnews.com.au