John Zappia has been declared the 2007/2008 Top Doorslammer Champion by ANDRA after completing enough rounds at the Tin Tops run last weekend to achieve an unbeatable lead in the points with one event to go.
“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders”, said Zap after the event, “We started this process towards a Championship in 2003, and a lot of work has gone in by the crew and supporters in that time. But most of all, it has been our sponsors that have helped us win this Championship.”
“A loyal set of local Western Australian sponsors started us off in the early testing, which was enough to allow the larger sponsors to enter the national series chase. Rentco Transport Equipment Rentals Pty Ltd was the first to come on board, then Striker Screening and Crushing, who have added considerable support and infrastructure to our team.”
“Craig Pedley and Striker have been terrific. He is excited about Top Doorslammer Drag Racing, and has passed on his successful business winning formula to the team in a number of ways. I look forward to putting Craig in the second HQ Monaro next season, so we can together lead the way with consistent, quick cars.”
“Graham Jones from Southside Engine Center has been the wise head in the team, and has guided us to gain our consistency through preventative maintenance programs, and a long term vision. I am the innovator, and always looking for ways to go quicker, sometimes to my own detriment, so Graham keeps the Team in balance and focused.”
“Our team has evolved and grown to a professional outfit, but I will never forget all the help and support I have had from everyone that has worked on the car back at the shed in Spearwood. Many a long night was spent welding, machining, and changing set-ups. We are proud to have completed most of the work in-house, and the results speak for themselves.”
The Striker Monaro top qualified in the Tin Tops 16 car field with a 6.036et @ 241.54mph, ahead of Phillips on 6.137et @ 238.47mph, and a field that struggled with the track conditions over the two days it took to get qualifying finished. “I had to pedal that run in first gear as the car went right a little, and I used a fair bit of the track up on the run”.
Round one saw Zap put young Benny Bray away with a 6.266et @ 236.46 mph late charge to a 6.450et @ 232.92 on a slippery track. “The car went hard right on the hit, and it took three pedals in first gear to get it back off the centerline, then I hit second and the Rat just took off and finished strong”.
In Round two Zap took on fellow WA based racer Robin Judd, and a strong 6.017et @ 239.49mph finished off Juddy’s 6.301et @ 236.10mph effort. Zap’s time was also the quickest for the event, earning him an additional five points. “The track temp was still 82 degrees Celsius and the car went dead straight on this pass. It was a slower 60 foot time than normal, and would have normally been a five.”
CONGRATS JOHN ON THE WIN FROM THE TEAM AT FORCE TOOLS.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER WITH YOUR TEAM TO DEVELOP OUR FORCE TOOLS RACER PACKS FOR 08/09