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Zappia rides luck to Summer Slam victory

Zappia rides luck to Summer Slam victory

01/12/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 29645409

WA Drag Racing Championships - Round 2 featuring Summer Slam

John Zappia took some convenient luck to win the opening round of the WA Summer Slam Series on Saturday at Perth Motorplex.
After a supercharger backfire during qualifying, Zappia had to get his Holden Monaro Top Doorslammer back into racing shape for the first round of eliminations, where a 5.73sec. run earned him a finals appearance against Daniel Gregorini, who had earlier shot to a 5.70sec. personal best time.


Unfortunately for Gregorini, some mechanical problems prevented him from making the call to face Zappia, who took a solo for the win. Zappia’s luck continued as he made a wild run, crossing the centre line, which would have resulted in disqualification had Gregorini been in the other lane.


There was none of the same luck for fellow Top Doorslammer racer Stu Moresby, who made contact with the safety barriers at over 300kmh when an oil line came off the motor. Moresby then struggling to get the car to a safe stop, spinning in the braking area and narrowly avoiding even more damage from the walls.


The strange night continued in the Modified final, where Nick Panagopoulos had a front wheel collapse before he even got to the start line to take on Jim McQuade, who took home his first event win.


Thankfully there were less problems among the Nitro Funny Cars, which saw Matt Abel taking on Andrew Katavatis in a best-of-three match race. Katavatis turned on two win lights for the overall victory, though Abel was left satisfied with a 5.574sec. pass, the quickest of the night only just ahead of Katavatis’ 5.588 shot.


Wayne Keys survived a war of attrition in Top Comp, emerging victorious with a run of 5.95sec., a new best time for his self-built Chevy Camaro that had the team working hard all night with various suspension/chassis issues.


In other results for the night, Errol Quartermaine took out a small Super Comp field, Phill Paton continued to dominate Comp Bike, Greg Gibson sent his dragster to a Supercharged Outlaws win and Yvette Gregg earned the Top Sportsman victory with a set of stunningly consistent wheelstanding runs.


Outlaw Radial saw several teams make their debut runs, though it was category regular Kevin Boulton ending on top with an 8.17 to 8.42 win against George Kelly.


Kyle Higgins went home with the big trophy in Super Sedan, Daniel Natalotto scored big in Modified Bike, Motorplex veteran Mark Reaney took a popular win in Super Street and Cooper Moresby took out his first Junior Dragster win.


Full results can be found on the Perth Motorplex Website Here


Drag racing returns to Perth Motorplex on December 14 for the WA Drag Racing Championship Super Sportsman Showdown.

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Twenty Five Reasons to Get to Perth Motorplex this Saturday

Twenty Five Reasons to Get to Perth Motorplex this Saturday

27/11/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 29636602



Perth is blessed to have one of the world’s great drag racing venues in its own backyard. This Saturday’s epic Summer Slam plus the WA Drag Racing Championships sees the ultimate in high horsepower entertainment ready to rock the Motorplex!

Here are our 25 reasons why you need to be at Perth Motorplex this Saturday.

  1. Perth Motorplex is one of the most comfortable venues for spectators in the world. Whether you want to roll out a blanket on the manicured grass terraces or take a seat in the gold section, there are options for everyone, with food and toilet facilities a close walk away for every seat in the house.
  2. Only $25 to get in! Yes that’s right, there is silver admission tickets available for just $25 this Saturday. That includes entry into the pits!
  3. Ten Top Doorslammers are ready to battle for the opening round of the Summer Slam! Can the likes of Marty Dack, Mark Chapman, Pino Priolo, the Moresby brothers, Steve Aldridge and Matt Abel take on the might of Zappia, Lyle and Gregorini?
  4. John Zappia vs Daniel Gregorini: it’s the rivalry everyone is talking about! Will Zappia show why he is king or will Gregorini prove the next generation is here? Be there and find out with the wild 5.6 second racing.
  5. Kelvin Lyle is the dark horse, or should that be dark horsepower, following a mind bending 260mph+ run recently at the Motorplex. Watch this Ford Mustang lay some top-end smack down!
  6. Mark Chapman’s stunning Plymouth Fury has been made all the more stunning thanks to the team’s ambassador Michelle Dolan, who recently took out the Mrs Galaxy Australia pageant. She’ll provide some added glamour to the golden Plymouth!
  7. Nitro Bikes are back delivering 300kmh thrills on two wheels, the wildest rides in drag racing.
  8. Andrew Katavatis and the Beach Bomb are ready to tear up the track and are focused on knocking out some mid five second runs in their Nitro Camaro.
  9. Matt Abel is back after his crazy Nitro Funny Car explosion last season. He’s driving the Nitro Thunder Trans Am.
  10. Brodie Pilkington will be making laps in a Nitro Funny Car for the first time – can the former Top Alcohol Funny Car driver make the switch?
  11. Connor Begley’s sweeeeet Holden HQ one tonner is ready to go in Outlaw Radial, with supercharged LS engine power pushing for some eight second laps.
  12. Connor McClure’s controversial Barra-powered Holden Torana will hit the track for the first time. After just missing the opening of the season he will be more than ready to make some quick turbocharged runs.
  13. Speaking of Barras, see Errol Quartermaine in one of Australia’s quickest Barra-powered drag cars in Super Comp!
  14. The banging rotaries of Todd Stacy and Brett Glover have a startline show like no other, keep an eye out for the two step flames that sound like a machine gun going off.
  15. The Hudson family and Supercharged Outlaws just go together so well! Tim Hudson’s classic Olds Starfire Funny Car is going to deliver big burnouts, as is tradition.
  16. With 33 entries in Super Street, this sportsman field is going to be super tough. Young rookies, ruthless veterans – who will be going home with the trophy and the prizemoney?
  17. Daniel Natalotto’s D/MB is shooting for more track records – you won’t believe how quick Natalotto will go with just 599cc underneath!
  18. There’s a 30 degree forecast right now, meaning absolutely perfect conditions for drag racing. Look out for records!
  19. At Perth Motorplex you can pre-purchase tickets and skip the queue, make your race day as smooth as possible!
  20. Enjoy our many catering options or bring your own – a night out at the Motorplex is great for families. Just remember, no glass.
  21. At only half an hour from the Perth central business district, Perth Motorplex has one of the best locations in the world. No matter where you live, it doesn’t take long to get to this amazing venue.
  22. There will be giveaways along the spectator fence for the kids, keep watch for the Perth Motorplex commentary team!
  23. See the action replays on one of the biggest screens at any drag strip in the world, or even yourself with our fun dance cams and more.
  24. The pits are open and accessible, making it easy to meet your favourite teams. Take the time to see the race cars and bikes up close, get autographs and experience the horsepower.
  25. We’re going to mention it again – only $25 to get in! Make the Summer Slam and WA Drag Racing Championships on Saturday, November 30 at Perth Motorplex your motorsport night out!

For more information or to grab your tickets online (no extra booking fee) head over TO THE WEBSITE HERE

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Slamming summer begins at Perth Motorplex

Slamming summer begins at Perth Motorplex

26/11/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 29634604

GoldenStates at Perth Motorplex

The WA Summer Slam Series kicks off this Saturday at Perth Motorplex with a strong field of the quickest Top Doorslammers in the country ready to face off.

Few arrive in better shape than Daniel Gregorini, who has his 3500 horsepower Scratch & Match Motorsport Camaro in its best ever form. He recorded a personal best of 5.72 seconds in pre-season testing making him a serious threat for the championship.
Gregorini said changes to the rear end of the car during the off-season had proved their worth, with a much stronger differential in pace.


“We were limited last season on how many laps we could do versus how many sets of diff gears we could afford, we went through 14 gear sets!” he said. “Now we have the new TSP custom billet 10.5 inch diff in, which means we can ‘hot lap’ the car with no issues, and more laps equals more data.
“Even with our older generation Noonan cylinder heads, PSI supercharger and low compression engine I think we could run in the 5.65-5.68 area.”


Gregorini will need every part of that performance if he plans to come away with the winner’s trophy, and especially if he wants to beat arch rival John Zappia. There is no love lost right now between the two Top Doorslammer veterans and Gregorini is keen to take advantage of the fire the rivalry brings to each race.


“There’s no doubt he’s the best, but when John and I get to the start line its no secret it’s an all-in brawl, it’s game on,” he said. “Racing each other helps push us harder to the next level, because we both want to take the win light so badly. When we win, it’s the greatest feeling for myself and the team as he is the man to beat.”
As well as Zappia, Gregorini will be facing down Kelvin Lyle, Stuart and Ryan Moresby, Pino Priolo and Marty Dack. He believes the ‘green machine’ might have a small edge thanks to the amount of research and development the team has conducted.


“We have done a fair bit of testing so far this season, running some 5.72s and 5.73s on all different types of race track conditions, so I think that will give us some confidence going into the opening round,” he said. “If we can keep that up and maybe try to push a touch harder and get to the 5.6 zone then that might just be enough. But the field is certainly getting tough and it will be a great 2019/20 season at the Perth Motorplex.”


As well as the Summer Slam, this weekend’s event at Perth Motorplex also features round two of the WA Drag Racing Championships including Nitro Bikes, Top Comp, Outlaw Radial and more.


Qualifying begins from 11am, with the feature program commencing at 5.30pm. – Adult Silver Tickets just $25!


For more information and Online Tickets VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE


Story by Luke Nieuwhof – Pics by Phil Luyer High Octane Photos



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Manic Mustang Makes Pisconeri an Outlaw Radial Contender

Manic Mustang Makes Pisconeri an Outlaw Radial Contender

07/11/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 29597881



The burgeoning Outlaw Radial class will be a highlight of the 46th annual Goldenstate Championships on November 9 at Perth Motorplex, with Ben Pisconeri’s stunning Ford Mustang expected to be one of the leading contenders.
Pisconeri’s testing pace has been on point, with a personal best pass of 7.62/180mph ahead of the opening round of the WA Drag Racing Championship points series.
“We think there is potential for some 7.5s and if we can do that we would be stoked,” he said. “We’d love to make the finals and to do that we just need reliability. Last season we had a lot of transmission and convertor issues.”
WA Drag Racing ChampionshipThe transmission issues cited by Pisconeri saw a spectacular moment last season when a plume of smoke and liquid from underneath the car almost saw the Ford Mustang end up in the trackside walls.
“It split the transmission cooler and we were just lucky it happened in the first part of the track and not at the fast end,” he said.
Pisconeri’s Ford Mustang is one of the most unique in Australia, running a turbocharged four litre Intech six cylinder, as originally found in AU Falcons. The car itself is a 1965 model Mustang that belonged to Ben’s father Peter, which had been sitting in a shed.
“Dad wasn’t doing anything with the car so we decided to put one of my six cylinder combos in it and have a go,” Ben said. “The car was originally built in America, it is all steel and has all the glass, working indicators, lights and so on but it is not street registered here.
“My Dad used to race back in the Ravenswood days when I was a young fella, and I spent every second weekend at the drags. Ever since I got my licence I have been racing too, starting at the Wednesday night events for street cars.”
The Outlaw Radial drag racing division appealed to Pisconeri because of the ‘Chicago Shootout’ format. The racing is not handicapped, all cars race three times and the first to the finish line wins.
“We like being able to race all night, even if you’re not running so well, and it’s just a matter of taking on whoever lines you up and going the fastest you can,” he said.
The 46th Annual Goldenstate Championships will see sportsman qualifying begin from 10am on Saturday, November 9, with the feature program commencing from 5.30pm.

For more information and tickets head to the 46th Annual Goldenstates Website

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Five Sweet Rides to Watch at the Goldenstate Championships!

Five Sweet Rides to Watch at the Goldenstate Championships!

04/11/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 29591720


While the Shannons Insurance Power Palooza gave fans a taste of what the new drag racing season at Perth Motorplex will offer, the real action begins this weekend at the 46th Annual Goldenstate Championships.


The November 9 event forms the opening round of the WA Drag Racing Championship Sereis as well as a round of the national ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series. With around 150 teams filling the pits, there’s more than a few who will be taking to the track for the first time or have made some serious modifications since last season.
Here is our list of the top five rides for drag racing fans to keep an eye on this weekend!


5. Kevin Boulton


Kevin Boulton has been a long time supporter of radial-tyre drag racing in WA and his latest investment into the class should see a major improvement in performance. Boulton’s Pontiac Trans Am now has 572 cubic inches of turbocharged muscle up front, which produced a dyno run of 1434hp in the off season. Those kinds of numbers should see him well into the sevens with speeds approaching 200mph – definitely enough to make him a contender in Outlaw Radial.
4. Danny Rickard


South Australia’s Danny Rickard plans to be a regular part of this season at Perth Motorplex on his stunning v-twin Nitro Bike. Rickard is a former ANDRA Modified Bike champion who decided he needed some nitro in his life and so has moved to this beautiful machine, which is capable of mid to low seven second runs. While Rickard initially purchased the bike in the USA, he is responsible for its current appearance, giving it a radical overhaul when it arrived in the country.


3. Steve Norman


There must be something in the water in SA, because our next ride to watch is another Croweater, this time Steve Norman and his Super Stock BMW. The D/GA-classed Euro coupe is the current record holder, thanks to its performance earlier in the year at the Westernationals. Well engineered inside and out, this car deserves a close look in the pits.


2. Kelvin Lyle


Fresh off a semi final appearance at East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway, Kelvin Lyle is hotfooting it back across the Nullarbor to make an appearance in the Blown Alcohol Bracket at the Goldenstate Championships. Lyle qualified second in Sydney with his new car with a 5.73 and then ran a second 5.73 in the semi finals, where unfortunately he lost on a holeshot to Ben Bray. Look out for Lyle to make it into the 5.6s back in Perth!


1. Connor McClure

Are you a Holden or a Ford fan? The McClure family has got you covered (or enraged) both ways with their Outlaw Radial Holden Torana featuring a turbocharged Ford Barra motor! This brightly coloured Torana has been getting a lot of attention on social media but so far has only been seen in the shed. The Goldenstate Championships will be the car’s first time on track and we are all looking forward to seeing what this green machine can do!


The 46th Annual Goldenstate Championships on Saturday, November 9 begins with sportsman qualifying from 10am and the feature program from 5.30pm.

Fore Tickets and more information please visit the 46th Annual Goldenstates Website

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