John Zappia took the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing and Screening HQ Monaro to the final in the 41st Goldenstates at the Perth Motorplex this weekend. The meeting was Round two of the Australian ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship, and the result has thrown open the field to good competition for the remainder of the season.
The Final was set for six time champ Victor Bray to take on the new five time back-to-back champ John Zappia in a race where both racers are very popular with the crowd here in Perth. It was Victor Bray who won with a personal best 5.95, as Zappia overpowered the track.
“The delays and weather caught me out in the final” said Zappia, “We had a five eighty tune up in the car, and due to delays in the schedule the fog and dew started to settle on the cars in the staging lanes and it was too much power in the end. I had a little difficulty staging, when I could not see the tree in the mirror and the crew had to adjust it, and my visor got fogged up and I had to unglove to fix that, so it affected my reaction time. Congratulations to Victor Bray though – it was his weekend and he pulled it off”.
Zap ran a 5.869 @ 247.93mph first qualifier, almost hit the wall on Q2, and top qualified with a 5.828 @ 248.61mph in the last run for the Friday night.
Round one saw Zap meet up with 8th Qualifier John Cannuli in the Camaro, and ran a safe 5.930 @ 245.90 mph to a 6.01 @ 240.64mph. Round two was a good straight and safe run for Zappia with a 5.884 @ 247.25mph win over O’Connor (timing error).
“We learnt a lot over the weekend – trying to tame the wild beast of an engine we have now. We got back to consistent five eighties most runs. Where I tried putting more power into the Hemi it turned into an animal – like on the second qualifier where I nearly hit the wall. The future is looking good for us as a team though with plenty up our sleeve, and we look forward to a spirited fight for the championship by all”.
The ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship point’s standings after two meetings finds Kapiris leading with 160 points, flowed by Victor Bray on 122 points and Zappia on 118 and a heap still in contention.
Zappia Back on Top and Top Qualifies with 5.82
John Zappia showed who was boss in qualifying here at the 41st Goldenstates at the Perth Motorplex by top qualifying his Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro in a tough field of Doorslammers. “Were back!” said a jubilant Zappia straight after the run, “I used the entire track on that last pass, but great to top qualify on our home track.”
Zappia led the first round of qualifying at 6.30pm with a 5.869 @ 247.93mph on what the team knew was a five eight tune-up.
Qualifier two for Zappia Racing took everybody’s breath away as Zap turned left at the top of first gear and headed for the wall in the other lane, before turning sharply and narrowly missing the wall. That was just after rookie Shane Catalano did a similar thing and crashed his Studebaker into the wall badly a few passes before.
The final qualifier Zap thrilled his local crowd with a 5.828 @ 248.61mph that put him at the top of the list. The 0.993 sixty foot time was a noticeable jump for the team who traditionally were conservative in that part of the track. Kapiris was not too far away with a 5.876 and Fabietti make a great comeback 5.889 pass to make third.
“The engine is still softened up to get us down the track compared to last meeting, so if we can massage the car a little in the tune-up race day is looking pretty good. The car is running well with no damage, and the crew will complete normal maintenance overnight to get ready for round one tomorrow”.
Zappia set for Goldenstates
Australian National Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia is competing at his home track for the 41st Annual Goldenstates at Perth Motorplex this weekend for round two of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship, and is hoping to turn around his luck at the event.
“Round one was a setback for us after not qualifying” said Zappia, “But the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing Monaro will be back strong and competitive, and the team are keen to turn our luck around”.
“We have been runner-up at the last two Goldenstates, losing to Peter Kapiris last year in the final and Belleri the year before in a rain delayed final. The cooler weather gives more power to the cars – top qualifiers for the last three years have been Kapiris 5.847, Judd 5.845 and Fabietti 5.844 – but achieving consistency and putting the power the track is usually the biggest challenge”.
The Perth Motorplex will see a huge field of nineteen Top Doorslammers competing for glory, in a city that breeds very competitive blown alcohol racers – ten of the nineteen are Perth based teams.
Five times back-to-back champion John Zappia has not had an easy run in his championship seasons, with numerous defeats, crashes, non-qualified meetings, and blow-ups. But one thing for sure is his ability to bounce back, be the quickest slammer in the country, and win the critical races when it counts.
Zappia Racing has just signed a new Co-Naming Rights sponsorship deal for the new season with Fuchs Lubricants and Striker Crushing and Screening. The National Record Holder HQ Monaro will see a new look this meeting to reflect the deal.
“We are delighted to have Fuchs Lubricants as Co-Naming rights sponsors again for the season, and their contribution to drag racing in Australia is second to none. Fuchs Lubricants sponsorship allows us to race nationally, with a very competitive package”.
“Striker Crushing and Screening have stepped back up to Co-Naming rights sponsors, complimenting their already large support they give the team. Director Craig Pedley owns the “Crusher” race car but is still spending most of his time up in Malaysia with their factory there. He is really keen for us to maintain our winning form and run quicker”.
“Procomp Electronics are our senior Major Sponsors, and they join a host of other local Western Australian sponsors and supporters who will be at the track supporting us this weekend”.
“We are looking for a win this round to keep our mate Peter Kapiris at bay, and give ourselves a chance at this year’s championship. I expect some tough competition this weekend. We have seen at the last meeting that the rest of the field are catching up to our 5.75 capability, with two cars in the five eights, and four in the five nines on a less than ideal track”.