Zappia Wins Portland Slamfest

John Zappia, Australia’s quickest Top Doorslammer driver, has won round two of the Slamfest in Portland Victoria last weekend to snatch the lead in the series from rival Peter Kaparis in a thrilling final race.

Slamfest is high excitement eighth mile racing on regional tracks in Australia, where huge local crowds enjoy the quickest Doorslammers trying to get down the unpredictable tracks.

Zappia Racing changed their plans about coming to Portland after getting to the final in round one, and mixing with the Slamfest community. “It’s great to take the win for Fuchs Lubricants at these country tracks” said a jubilant Zappia, “Fuchs are the track sponsors down at Portland, and the Fuchs / Striker Crushing Monaro performed well most of the weekend”.

“We missed the first test pass due to finding a bad oil leak from the rear of the motor. It was quick work by the crew after taking out the gearbox and lifting up the engine to change an O-ring behind the motor, and get it all ready for qualifying”.

“On the first pass I had to pedal twice for a 4.193 @ 179.53 mph to gain third qualifier position behind Victor Bray and Peter Kapiris in the list of nine teams”.

“That put us up against Ben Bray in the first eliminator, and that was a nice straight 4.016 @ 185.64 mph, which was under Victor Bray’s 4.07 track record”.

“In the Semi Final up against Grant O’Rourke I had to pedal twice, and the car still went 4.065 @ 183.40 mph and took the win over Grant – who had to abort his run”.

“The final was up against Peter Kapiris, who put Victor away in the Semi. He got the jump on me at the start, and the Crusher went out of the groove – one tyre black tracking and the other shaking. My vision was so blurred early in the run I could hardly see, but once my vision cleared Pete had dropped out of sight, and I drove around him – punched top gear and pulled the car back to the centre of the track as I was out to the right”.

“A great win for the team and another track record at 4.015 @ 184.35 mph, and we were also fastest on the day with a 185.64 mph”. Zappia Racing now head back on a high for the Westernationals – Round three of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship – at the Perth Motorplex, where Zap is keen to climb back up from third position on the ladder on 118 points. Kapiris leads with 160 points over Victor Bray on 122 points.

“We are on the money with our tune at the moment and making plenty of horsepower – so we look forward to the Westernationals on the 2nd and 3rd of March”.

Fans can watch the Portland Slamfest in Western Australia on Sunday 24th Feb 2013 at 11.30 am – eastern states fans check your local guides.

Run from the end of the track


Zappia Racing heading to Portland Slamfest

Zappia Racing head to Fuchs South Coast Raceway in Victoria to compete in Round 2 of the Slamfest, after a strong performance at the Top Fuel meeting at Perth Motorplex last weekend.

“We managed a respectable 5.85 @ 249.00mph in the first eliminator” said an enthusiastic Zappia, “We missed out on a B Final by 0.013 seconds, and the weekend was testing for many teams as the track was a little difficult in the conditions”.

“First pass on the Friday night in Top Comp saw the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing Monaro overpower the track. We are making plenty of power with this combo, and I had to pedal and get back on it and drive it out the back door so we could get some data. A 6.037 @ 245.23mph – pretty good speed there”.

“Second pass we made some changes to the car to try and get her through the middle part of the track, but again I overpowered, had to pedal and get back on. 5.973 @ 248.61mph got us 7th in the field in a 19 car field – 0.287 under our index”.

Overnight the Zappia Racing crew serviced the Crusher, and made preparations for the next round of racing. The Top Comp bracket in Perth finds the four winning racers of the first round who are furthest under their index meeting up in an A Final, and B Final.

“I looked very hard at all our data, did some serious thinking and discussions with the crew on how to get the car down the track. If we managed a 5.80 we reckon we were in with a chance for the final”.

“I pulled a killer 0.009 start light and the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing Monaro just hauled straight down the groove and set the timers off at 5.859 @ 247.25mph – 0.401 seconds under our index. Just not enough to get a finals berth”.

“I looked at the data and thought there were a few ways I could have driven the car a little better, but in the end it’s what you run that counts. In a way we learnt a lot on that last pass – we took out some tune from the engine, but still ran a 5.8 pass – awesome!”

“We pack the Zappia Racing Transporter up and head off to Fuchs South Coast Raceway this week for Round 2 of the Slamfest to be held on 15th – 15th Feb 2013. I am keen to make up for last year where my old mate Victor Bray put me on the trailer in Round 1. We are second in the points, and I am keen to put in a good eighth mile performance. “.

“The start line is killer down there, but the transition to asphalt caught a few racers out last time. With a little hindsight and data behind us, we should be able to get down quickly”.

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