Top Doorslammer

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Top Doorslammer is a professional (Pro) class of Australian drag racing. It caters to full-bodied racing sedans which are replicas of Australian or US production vehicles. The class uses 514 cu. in. displacement (8.5 litre), mechanically supercharged V8 engines which are fueled by methanol. The minimum weight break for these vehicles is 2700 lbs (1225 kg). It is similar to the Pro Modified class as defined by the NHRA.


Top Doorslammer is regulated by ANDRA, and is considered a Group 1 or professional category. It is the fastest sedan based category in the world, using replicas of front-engined production sedans, coupes, station wagon and utility vehicles usually produced by Holden, Ford, Dodge, Studebaker and Chevrolet. As its name suggests, these cars have operational doors, therefore Funny Car style bodies are not allowed in this class.

Some notable drivers competing in this category are John Zappia , Peter Kapiris, Victor Bray , Ben Bray, Gary Phillips, and Maurice Fabietti. During the summer months, because of rules similar to Pro Modified, such stars in the United States frequently appear during the North American winter during the International Hot Rod Association 400 Thunder series currently. For example, during the 2017-18 IHRA season, Texan Frankie "Mad Man" Taylor drove a second Bray Racing car when the drag strips closed for the winter.

Top Doorslammer originally started out as an exhibition class called Wild Bunch with notable pioneers John Zappia and Victor Bray. After a number of successful years of running the class, ANDRA recognised the class worthy of a professional bracket. By 1996 Top Doorslammer was officially recognised as a Group 1 class, and has since grown into one of the most successful brackets.

Television broadcasting

Top Doorslammer Championship is on SBS Speedweek and the new SPEED Channel on Foxtel.

2010/2011 ANDRA Pro Series Championship calendar and results

Round 1: Fuchs Australian nationals 10–12 September, Sydney Dragway, NSW
Runner Up: Maurice Fabietti Winner: Robin Judd

Round 2: Goldenstate Titles 3–4 Dec, Perth Motorplex, WA
Runner up: John Zappia Winner: Mark Belleri

Round 3: 40th Westernationals 5–6 March, Perth Motorplex, WA
Runner up: Maurice Fabietti Winner: John Zappia

Round 4: ANDRA Pro Series 18–19 March, Sydney Dragway, NSW

Round 5: 2011 Nitro Champs 29 April-1 May, Sydney Dragway, NSW
Runner up: Peter Kapiris Winner: John Zappia

Round 6:

Round 7: 2011 Castrol EDGE Winternationals Willowbank Raceway, QLD RAIN OUT FINAL Finalist:Mark Belleri and Peter Kapiris

2011/2012 ANDRA Pro Series Championship calendar

Round 1: 2011 Fuchs Australian nationals 9–11 September, Sydney Drag way, NSW WINNER: Peter Kapiris

Round 2: 2011 40th Annual Goldenstate Titles 18–19 November, Perth Motorplex, WA
WINNER: Peter Kapiris

Round 3: 2012 41st Westernationals 3–4 March, Perth Motorplex, WA
WINNER: John Zappia

Round 4: 23–24 March, Sydney Dragway, NSW WINNER: John Zappia

Round 5: 2012 Nitro Champs, 4–6 May, Sydney Dragway, NSW WINNER: John Zappia

Round 6: 2012 45th FUCHS Winternationals 8–11 June Willowbank Raceway, QLD

2011/2012 ANDRA Pro Series Championship points Top Ten

1John Zappia WA37021
2Peter Kapiris VIC348.521
3Robin Judd WA334.52
4Mark Belleri NSW163.5
5Martyn Dack WA146
6Victor Bray QLD138
7Ben Bray QLD107
8Maurice Fabietti NSW106
9Andrew Sutton NT85
10Gary Phillips160

Points Allocation

Winner- 100

Runner up- 80

Semi Final lose- 60

Quarter Final Lose- 40

Non Qualifier- 20

Low Elapsed Time- 5

Top Speed- 5

Top Doorslammer drivers

John Zappia Procomp Motorsport / / Fuchs Oils1971 Holden HQ Monaro Hemi 514
Mathew Abel Abel Tiling Services1957 Chevy BelairHemi 511
Geoff Gradden SigraDodge Saratoga Top Doorslammer
Stuart Bishop Wallace Bishop Jewelers / Stuart Bishop Racing1967 Chevrolet CamaroHemi 511
Ben Bray Team Bray/sidchrome2005 CV8Z Holden MonaroBAE 511
Shane Catalano Catalano Family Racing1953 Studebaker Champion
Victor Bray Team Bray Racing/Sidchrome1957 ChevyBAE 511
Tony De Felice Vicios Rumour1967 Chevrolet CamaroRiolo Racing 511
Maurice Fabietti Holden Trade Club / Holden Genuine Parts2006 CV8Z Holden MonaroKB 511
Brett Gillespie BHe Electrical Contractors1934 Chevrolet Coupe
Robin Judd Aeroflow1959 Studebaker ChampionKB 511
Peter Kapiris Kapiris Bros. Racing1959 Dodge SeratogaBAE 521
Gary Phillips Lucas Oil Products1953 Studebaker CommanderBAE 511
Mark Belleri Narrabeen Smash Repairs1967 Chevrolet CamaroTFX 522
Sean Mifsud PPG1941 Willys
Andrew Sutton Sutton motorsport2005 CV8X Holden Monaro
Russell Pavey United Tools1963 Chevrolet CorvetteBAE 521
David SimpsonHidden Valley Eco Spa Lodges & Day Spa1967 Ford MustangBAE 511
Scott MacLean S&M Racing1953 Studebaker Commander
Pino Priolo Team Budget Forklift1937 Chevy CoupeKB 526
Murray O'Connor Penrite Oil Company 196- Ford XM FalconBAE 511
Daniel Gregorini Scratch & Match MotorsportsChevy CamaroBAE 521
Marty Dack Auto One200- Ford BA FalconHemi 520
Phillp Glendenning All State Shopfitting200- Ford BA FalconBAE 521
John Cannuli PowerCruise / Wash It Australia / Crossroads Racing1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Rino D'Alfonso Metro Holden2010 HSV Clubsport VE CommodoreKB Hemi 521
Peter BlakeRacetech Steel1970 Ford MustangHemi 511

ANDRA National records

Elapsed Time: 5.693seconds John Zappia, 7 June 2015, FUCHS Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway

Speed: 258.42 mph (415.89 km/h) P. Kapiris, Sydney Dragway, May 2013.

Track records

Perth Motorplex

Track ET Record - 5.683 Seconds John Zappia, 6 February 2016

Track Speed Record - 253.86 mph (408.55 km/h) John Zappia, 6 February 2016

Top Doorslammer 5 Second Club

The Top Doorslammer 5 Second Club is a group of drivers who have run a quarter mile in the 5 second range. Only 12 drivers have ever managed to run a 5-second time. John Zappia was the first in the world to run a legal Doorslammer 5 with a 5.967 second pass at 241.97 mph, on 17 September 2005, in his Rentco Monaro Top Doorslammer at Western Sydney International Raceway, NSW.

John Zappia5.683
Deno Brijeski5.956
Robin Judd5.822
Gary Phillips5.939
Maurice Fabietti5.84
Peter Kapiris5.809
Ben Bray5.880
Russ Pavey5.898
Stuart Bishop5.98
Matt Abel5.981
Mark Belleri5.902
Aaron Lynch5.973

Pro Series sponsors

Official sponsors

ANDRA Pro Series tracks

Past champions

1995-96Victor Bray
1996-97Victor Bray
1997-98Victor Bray
1998-99Victor Bray
1999-00Victor Bray
2000-01Victor Bray
2001-02Peter Kapiris
2002-03Ben Bray
2003-04Brett Stevens
2004-05Ben Bray
2005-06Steve Stanic
2006-07Gary Phillips
2007-08 John Zappia
2008-09 John Zappia
2009-10 John Zappia
2010-11 John Zappia
2011-12 John Zappia
2012-13 John Zappia
2013-14 John Zappia
2014-15 John Zappia
2015-16 John Zappia

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