Nine points separates the top two ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer racers coming into the final round at the Castrol EDGE Winternationals this weekend with defending Champion John Zappia aiming for his third championship in a row.
Zap dominated the last two seasons of doorslammer racing, but this year two racers have excelled in their performances and stepped up to the top level – Robin Judd and Maurice Fabietti. The season has been a thriller so far, with each final being an unpredictable event.
The final round continues that thrilling competition with any one of the three a chance at winning the Championship, and with the added bonus of a cash payout in the Karcher shoot-out.
“We are leading the Karcher shoot-out by 20 points and we intend to stay in front there, and we are only nine points adrift in the championship chase so there is plenty on the line at the Winters,” said Zappia.
Zappia Racing will present Craig Pedley’s Striker Crushing and Screening “Crusher” Top Doorslammer for the first time at Willowbank International Raceway. The stunning HQ Monaro has proven to be a very straight running race car since its debut this season, and is the current ANDRA National Record Holder at 5.815 seconds, and has run an even quicker 5.814 second pass in Perth at a local meeting.
“We know our Zappia Racing Team confidence is high, and we produce the goods on race day” said Zap, “We beat Juddy in the semi last round, but Maurice got me in the final. It’s going to be close, and the team with the best package on any particular run will win”.
“We top qualified at last years Winters in Zap’s Rat, and ran five 5.9 passes in a row and won the event. The Crusher is a quicker car than the Rat, and the conditions at Willowbank suit our car and setup better. I have never been more relaxed and confident going into this weekend’s event”.
“We have been in four of the five finals this season, but took runner-up more times than the win. So we are out to make amends this weekend with a focused professional performance”.
Racing schedule for the event:
Friday 11th June 2010 – Qualifier 1 from 12.00 pm EST
– Qualifier 2 from 2.45 pm EST
Saturday 12th June 2010 – Qualifier 3 from 11.30am EST
– Qualifier 4 from 2.20 pm EST
Sunday 13th June 2010 – Round 1 from 10.30 am EST
– Round 2 from 12.45 pm EST
– Final Round from 3.00 pm EST
For more details, photos and videos go to www.zapsrat.com.au
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