There were no surprises in the winning driver for the Goldenstates drag racing at Perth Motorplex on Saturday, but there were some raised eyebrows around just how hard he was pushed by his competition.
John Zappia yet again reigned supreme in Top Doorslammer but faced some close competition from the Northern Territory’s Scott MacLean.
With both drivers recording 5.7sec. runs in the semi finals, there was great anticipation around the final. It did not disappoint as MacLean took an early lead but then had to settle his Holden Monaro when it began to wander towards the centre line, the crossing of which would have resulted in disqualification. That allowed Zappia to get ahead and earn the victory.
Zappia set a new track record speed of 410kmh during the event but also battled his fair share of mechanical dramas, backfiring the supercharger twice.
“We had a few nervous moments over the weekend but we came through when it mattered,” he said. “The crew worked hard and it was great to get another win in front of my home crowd.”
Meanwhile the Top Fuel Motorcycle division ran a championship double header over two nights with Queensland’s Damian Muscat taking the win on Friday, before Western Australia’s Benny Stevens claimed the title on Saturday.
Stevens, billed as the world’s quickest amputee, took an upset victory over top qualifier Mark Drew when Drew overpowered the track early in the run.
“While we would have loved to gone a little quicker in the final, I think we broke the 200mph (321kmh) barrier,” said Stevens. “I’m stoked to have done that. It’s a great day and we are very excited with this win. After we celebrate tonight we’ll take the bike home, freshen it up and get ready for the Westernationals in a few weeks time and hopefully do it all over again.”
Stevens earned some notoriety with his version of the ‘shoey’ made famous by Formula One’s Daniel Ricciardo, taking off his prosthetic leg to fill with champagne.
The event included a round of the Summit Sportsman Series, providing local racers a chance to earn points towards a national championship. Winners included Victorian Craig Geddes (Competition), Errol Quartermaine (Super Stock), Christopher Chipchase (Competition Bike), Chris Went (Supercharged Outlaws), Amanda Martin (Top Sportsman), Erin Healy (Modified), Kyle Higgins (Super Sedan), Bryan Finn (Modified Bike), Chris De Bruin (Super Street) and Bailey McClure (Junior Dragster).