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Following a weekend of highs and lows at his home-track for the 48th annual Goldenstates, John Zappia is looking forward to heading to the East Coast for New Year Nitro (January 6/7) and Top Fuel Slam (January 27/28).

Zappia’s weekend got off to a great start on Friday evening at the Perth Motorplex, with the 11-time champion not only top qualifying the Dananni Hot Shots/Fuchs Lubricants Monaro, but also taking out the postponed Alice Springs A-Final win.

Come Saturday, Zappia laid down some record-breaking performances to lower his own ANDRA ET national record not once, not twice, but three times, eventually settling at 5.644 seconds.

While the Monaro was clearly turning out blinding numbers, things did not all go to plan for Zappia, who narrowly missed out on fronting for the A-Final against eventual event winner, Daniel Gregorini, due to damage sustained in round two.

“The Dananni Hot Shots/Fuchs Lubricants Monaro was going awesome from the start of the event, but we banged the blower on one of the qualifying runs being a bit lean, but we fixed that and came back out and it went 5.66 and won the Alice Springs A-Final, so that was great,” Zappia said.

“The next day we serviced everything, and it all looked fine, and we went 5.64 and then 5.64 again, before it banged the blower again right on the finish line.

“In the car I was thinking, okay it is the same or similar to what we did before, but there was a lot more damage this time, so we had to change engines, change the supercharger and everything.

“With the amount of work we had to do in the short timeframe we had, we just ran out of time in the end. We started the car up 10 minutes after the final ran, that is how close it was. I was in the car all strapped up as they were running the finals. That was really disappointing, and we would have liked to be out there and putting on an entertaining show for the fans as that is what we are all here for – but it is what it is.

“While the racing for the Goldenstates didn’t pan out how we wanted, it was good to reset the record, even if it was my own record!” he laughed.

“It is always good to be breaking new ground, and there is a lot more potential in the car still which is exciting.

“Now we are pulling it all apart again so we can see what went wrong and work out how we can make it stronger and better while we get ready for the next round of our local Summer Slam on December 10, and then it will be a case of servicing it and getting ready to head over to the East Coast for New Year Nitro and Top Fuel Slam.”

Zappia said he is looking forward to lining up against the East Coast racers for the twin January events.

“The last time I was at Willowbank was for the Winternationals in June and we really enjoy racing there. It is a pretty good track, and we always seem to have plenty of traction there, so I think we can go well,” Zappia said.

“I haven’t raced at Sydney since three years ago when I won, and I haven’t raced on their new track surface, so it will be cool to see how we go there.

“I am definitely looking forward to getting back to the East Coast and seeing what we can do first at Willowbank and then in Sydney. Here is hoping we get good weather!” Zappia concluded, while thanking major supporters Dannani Hot Shots, Fuchs Lubricants, Crow Cams, Tony’s Auto Wreckers, WA Bolts, Hoosier Tyres, Noonan Race Engineering, WA Suspensions, Striker Crushing and Screening and Applied Automotives.

The New Year Nitro event at Willowbank Raceway will be run first across January 6 and 7, followed soon after by the Top Fuel Slam at Sydney Dragway across Australia Day weekend, January 27 and 28.

Both events will see the fastest drag racing vehicles in the country on track over two massive days and nights with vital championship points on the line as drivers continue their battle for the biggest prize in drag racing – the Stan Sainty Cup.

Top Fuel headlines both events, with the massive New Year Nitro line up to also include Top Doorslammer, Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Mod, Pro Stock and Sportsman categories. Joining the on-track action is a huge firework spectacular, show and shine, food trucks, and more. For event information, visit

To learn more about the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship and the Australian Drag Racing Championships, visit

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