John Zappia presented the Fuchs Lubricants / Striker Crushing Monaro at the Perth Motorplex “Night of Fire” last weekend after the Christmas and New Year break, and delighted the local crowd with some quick runs.
“We were keen to get back out racing” said Zap, “We had made some upgrades with the Santhuff shocks over the break and were keen to put down some good runs in preparation for a good years racing. We entered the Top Comp bracket where our index makes it pretty tough to win, but we always run fast and competitive and give it all we have”.
“First pass of the trailer with a safe tune was a 5.932 @ 247.25mph and was nice and straight. That put us three tenths under our 6.26 index and up against Gregorini who was in AA/AP trim and had a better 6.55 index”.
“The crew made the necessary adjustments to turn the car around considering the heat – it was 30 degrees C (86F) out there at 6pm with around 2,500 feet of air. I tuned the Crusher up to try and take it up to Gregorini and even though we ran an excellent 5.873 @ 249.30mph, Gregorini’s 6.097 @ 239.98mph was too good on the day. There was nothing in the reaction time as I had a 0.064 to Gregorini’s 0.055. In the end it meant we had to run a 5.80 to win the Elimination.
“Videos of the run from behind and data showed solid improvements for us in the first sixty feet, and that will translate to better times as we try and tame the power we have and get it to the ground better this year. We tamed our tyre shake problems with the changes we made and this gives us confidence for the remainder of the 2012/2013 season”.
Zappia Racing has headed off to Heathcote Park Raceway in county Victoria for Round 1 of Slamfest scheduled for 19th Jan 2013.
“We ran a best of 4.03 @ 188mph last year at the track – slightly under estimating the track. We hope to run the magic three second pass this time around and take another win. But it’s also about having a good time at Slamfest – with the other racers and the huge local crowd that turns up”.
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Co-Naming Rights Sponsors
Fuchs Lubricants, and Striker Crushing and Screening
Procomp Electronics, K-Trans Racing, Beta Spuds, Southside Engine Centre, Noonan Race Engineering, and PPG Automotive Refinish.
All Tools, Santhuff, Victory1, B & J Racing Transmissions, Current Trendz, Crow Cams, Aero Group – Avtrac Maintenance Tracking, Legend Boatbuilders, Taylor Tyres, Kounis Metal Industries, Bravo Resources, CIC High Performance Coatings, Aurora Bearings, Soltoggio Bros, and Track-Meter.