History was made at Quit Motorplex, Western Australia in the first round of the Australian Top Doorslammer Championship when Victorian Peter Kapiris ran his blown ’53 Studebaker to an incredible 6.07 to claim the world record for Top Doorslammer.
The pass was made in the semi finals against legend Victor Bray, who was forced to get off the noise. For the final, Kapiris was all set to run the world’s first five second sedan pass, but a wild powerstand at half track saw him slow to a seven second time card, allowing Queenslander Brett Stevens in the Jack Daniels Studebaker to take the win with a clean 6.5.
Kapiris has switched back to a PSI blower this season after running a world record (for a Rootes-blown sedan) 234mph last season. At a Wednesday test and tune, he ran a 6.26 with the new combo. His first qualifying pass resulted in a 6.19, until then the second quickest doorslammer pass in Australia. He backed it up with a 6.23 in the last round of qualifying to set a new national record.
In the first round of eliminations, Kapiris faced Ben Bray, son of Victor. The super smooth pass saw a new Australian record of 6.14 pop up on the boards to send the crowd wild. The next round was the semi finals where the magic 6.07 was run, amazing the crowd. It took several minutes before everyone had calmed down, only to cheer again as Kapiris came back along the return road. It was indeed a night that would be remembered by all there.