Australia’s best to fight out Mildura Slamfest

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Almost every racer to have won an Australian Top Doorslammer drag racing championship will headline an outstanding field or drivers contesting Slamfest Mildura at the Sunraysia Drag Racing Association’s Sunset Strip this weekend.

Six time champion Victor Bray, former champs Ben Bray, Peter Kapiris, Gary Phillips along with three time and reigning champion John Zappia are all aiming to not only win the prestigious race but also reset the track record in the process. The Slamfest series is contested by sedan based vehicles with huge supercharged engines producing over 3000 horsepower capable of covering the eighth mile racing distance in under four seconds while reaching speeds over 300 kph.

For West Australia’s John Zappia it will be his first Slamfest event having previously concentrated on the traditional quarter mile series. Despite his lack of familiarity with racing over the shorter distance Zappia is still expected to be one of the front runners on Saturday. 

Long time rival Victor Bray said “It’ll be great to have Zap here in Mildura. I’ve raced against John all over Australia over the last couple of decades and you know when he pulls into the pits he’s going to throw everything he’s got at the track and never take a backward step.

This weekend he’ll be facing a dozen equally ferocious drivers determined to beat him. Last year’s winner Matt Abel has been particularly strong at regional tracks and will be a big threat again but really when you have a look at the field just about anyone could win this thing so I think it sets the scene for a really good event for the fans.”


One notable absentee this weekend is Slamfest Series leader Peter Blake who has elected to sacrifice his points position and stay in Sydney where his wife Katie is due to give birth to their first child this week.  Second placed Peter Kapiris and Ben Bray in third are both very well positioned to take over the series lead this weekend if the cards fall their way.

The Doorslammers will hit the track for a test session at 11.00am Saturday morning followed by their qualifying and racing rounds from 2.00pm with the final expected around 8.00pm.

The Top Doorslammers will be backed up by strong fields in the Pro Street and Supercharged Outlaws categories along with a full range of the usual sportsman classes.

The Slamfest event will receive extensive television coverage with one hour shows on Speedweek on SBS and Inside Speed on Speed Channel. An additional 30 minute Full Noise show will also appear on Foxsports. The first broadcast will be SBS Speedweek on Sunday May 1st.

2011 Slamfest Series Points

Position               Driver                                   Rd1-CPR                               Rd2-SCR                               Total     

1                              Peter Blake                         30                                           95(ET)                                   125

2                              Peter Kapiris                      90                                           10                                           100

3                              Ben Bray                            30                                           60                                           90

                                Maurice Fabietti                60                                           30                                           90

5                              Scott McLean                     10                                           70                                           80          

6                              Sean Mifsud                       40                                           30                                           70

7                              Mat Abel                            30                                           35(S)                                      65

8                              Deno Brijeski                      50(ET-S)                                 10                                           60

9                              Victor Bray                          10                                           30                                           40

10                           Reece Mellenewycz             30                                           0                                              30

11                           Dale Clothier                        10                                           10                                           20

                                Phil Glendenning                 10                                           10                                           20

                                Peter Lovering                     10                                           10                                           20

                                Frank Mamone                    10                                           10                                           20

15                           Marcus Chambers                0                                              10                                           10

Tony Defelice                             10                                           0                                              10


Points allocation               Winner                 90

                                                Runner Up          70

                                                Semi Final            40

                                                Elim Rd win         30

                                                Elim Rd lose        10

                                                Low ET                  5

                                                High Speed         5


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