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Judd looks to Nitro win
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

History-making Top Doorslammer racer Robin Judd is determined to shake the unwanted bridesmaid title at this weekend’s sixth annual KÄRCHER Nitro Champs presented by Shannons Insurance at Western Sydney International Dragway.

After being runner-up in three of the four championship events run so far this season, Judd is focused on winning his first event this season.    

 


And while Judd may have a mathematical chance of winning the 2008/09 Australian Top Doorslammer championship series – he is 153 points behind archrival, fellow Perth racer John Zappia with 220 championship points still in play – winning the last two series events is now the priority for the William Buck/K & B Exclusive team. 

“Although we may have to be content with coming second in the Top Doorslammer championship, we want to finish a solid second and that means we need a good result at the Nitro Champs,” Judd said.    

Judd would also like to take back the Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time (ET) record he lost to Zappia by 1/100th of a second at the recent Tin Top Titles at Willowbank.

Up until the Tin Tops, Judd held the ET record with a 5.868-second time, but it was not until the Top Doorslammer final that Zappia captured the record with 5.858-second time.

That history-making final also saw Australia’s first side-by-side five-second and quickest-ever side-by-side pass and the third fastest-ever pass run in the country with Judd running a 5.946sec at 242.20mph against Zappia’s 5.858sec at 246.58mph.         

“Zap (Zappia) pinched my ET record by 1/100th at the Tin Tops and while we may be too far back (in the points race) to win the championship it would be good to take the record back,” Judd said.  

With 19 cars vying for a spot in the eight-car Doorslammer field at the Nitro Champs, qualifying will be important with several big names likely to miss the cut.

Since the season-opening event – the Australian Nationals in Sydney last September – only three competitors have raced in the four championship series finals, Zappia (four times), Judd (three) and Peter Kapiris (one).

“Zap has won each of the four championship events this season and I have been runner-up three times. We have proved this season that we can go to the final, now we need to win. We have got to learn to win.

“The Tin Tops showed that Zap is on his game. We will probably have to run low 5,9sec to high 5.8sec passes to win and several low 5.8sec passes to take back the ET record. I know our William Buck/K & B Exclusive ’59 Studebaker and crew are up to the task. We only narrowly missed last time.   

“As with all championship (event) rounds, our first priority is to qualify, hopefully in the top-half of the field. Then we need to go rounds in eliminations and make another final, only this time we want to go back to Perth with a gold ANDRA Christmas Tree (trophy),” Judd said. 

 

Robin Judd quick facts

  • Quickest-ever pass, a 5.861sec at Perth Motorplex, March 21, 2009. 
  • Former Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time record holder – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
  • Has recorded 18 five-second Top Doorslammer passes. 
  • The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 6.1-second pass – 6.179sec at Willowbank, June 09, 2000
  • The fifth Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 6.0-second pass – 6.095sec at Perth Motorplex, December 3, 2004
  • The sixth Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a five-second pass – 5.947sec at Willowbank, June 7, 2008 
  • The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 5.8sec pass – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008.
  • One half of Australia’s first-ever side-by-side five-second and quickest-ever side-by-side pass (Judd 5.946/242.20 – John Zappia 5.858/246.58) at Willowbank, April 19, 2009 
  • Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
  • Competed in 61 of the 66 championship series events staged to date.
  • One of only five racers to compete every year since the Australian Top Doorslammer championship series started in 1999.  
  • Sixth on the all-time Top Doorslammer Championship points ladder with 3381 points.    

    

 

 

 

RJR

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