Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia is confident he can secure his seventh ANDRA title this weekend in Adelaide at the Springnationals, with a 138-point lead over his nearest rival Stuart Bishop.
The champion, competing in a Fuchs/Striker Monaro, has had three successive ANDRA Drag Racing Series victories to-date – and is confident that progression through the first round on Sunday should be enough to clinch the title or at the very least heap more pressure on Bishop.
“I’m pretty sure we only need to go past the first round,” says Zappia.
“We’re 138 points ahead. If we both get through the first round, then he can only gain 140 more points.
“He needs to win this event and the next event. There’s a mathematical chance, and that is pretty much over if we get through the first round.
“I just put it out of my mind and go for it. At the end of the day if I get eliminated he still has to win the event and then we know we can go pretty good at Sydney. He struggles in Sydney so we just put it out of our mind and go racing.
“If we qualify well we should have an easier run in the first round. He qualifies pretty well in Adelaide, he was second last year so we shouldn’t meet until the final like the final we should have had at Calder Park (at the Southern Nationals).”
According to Zappia, fans can also expect some quick times as he attempts to break his own track record.
Running over 1000 feet instead of the usual 1320 feet quarter mile, Zappia feels the four-second barrier is realistic with a pass of somewhere in the 4.9 second zone at 230 mph (370km/h).
“The track was good (last year) and I’m expecting a natural progression. Each time I’ve gone there the track has got better and better.”
Featuring 11 drivers vying for a spot in the eight-car field, Top Doorslammer promises to be a headline attraction alongside Pro Stock Motorcycle and the 8000 horsepower Top Fuel dragsters making their first appearance in Adelaide since October 2012.
The Fuchs Spring Nationals will be two days of high-octane Championship Drag Racing action featuring Top Fuel, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock Motorcycle and the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship this Saturday and Sunday October 4-5, 2014 at Adelaide International Raceway.
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