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Championship race not over yet: Judd
Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2009

Perth-based Robin Judd may have temporarily lost his title as Australia’s quickest-ever Top Doorslammer drag racer when archrival John Zappia recently ran a 5.833-second pass at the Perth Motorplex.

However, Judd is not that concerned. The only title on Judd’s mind at the moment, is taking Zappia’s Australian Top Doorslammer championship crown from him.



And with three championship events left to race, Judd is looking for a good result at the Castrol EDGE Tin Top Titles to be held at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich, on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, to make his move on Zappia.

“I had a feeling Zap (Zappia) would go well at Kwinana. I could not race at the event due to interstate business commitments. I heard the air was good and the track in killer condition, so I am not surprised at his times. Good on him, we’ll just have to work a bit harder to take back the bragging rights – perhaps it will be at the Tin Tops?” Judd said.

Since the season-opening event – the Australian Nationals in Sydney last September – Judd and Zappia have gone head-to-head as Australia’s quickest Doorslammer racers and championship contenders. 

Judd, who is currently the Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time (ET) record-holder with a 5.868-second time, is second behind Zappia in the championship. 

And while he slipped from 30 points to 128pts behind Zappia after a controversial first round loss at the Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex in March, Judd has since run a 5.861sec pass at the Kwinana track. 

Judd, who also holds the Willowbank Doorslammer track record with a 5.907sec pass, knows the Tin Tops will be a tough event.   

And with 15 cars vying for a spot in the eight-car field, qualifying will be important and it is inevitable that several big names will miss the cut.

“The Tin Tops will be a tough event. Since we were last at Willowbank in January, we have been testing our William Buck/K & B Exclusive ’59 Studebaker. We recently ran a 5.861 (second pass) and have more data.

“We’ve also made a couple of subtle changes to our combination for the Tin Tops, which we believe will make the car more consistent and depending on the conditions, quicker at Willowbank,” Judd said.

“While it would be good to run a record low 5.8sec pass, our first priority is to qualify, hopefully in the top-half of the field. That will give us lane choice against a less performed car in eliminations.

“I want to win the event and claw back some of the (championship) points we lost to Zappia at the last round.  

“Zappia has also been testing and has now gone quicker than us. We now know what we have to do to go fast consistently, but the priority is to win the event and leave Willowbank with more points than Zap. 

“I think there is now more pressure on Zap than on me because there is a higher expectation on him to continually run five-second passes. 

“But consistency is the key word. Willowbank Raceway is one of our favourite tracks; we have had some good results there and if we can get a handle on the track conditions early, I think we should have a good race meeting. We will worry about Zap and points after the event.

“This championship is not over yet,” Judd said. 


Robin Judd quick facts

  • Quickest-ever pass, a 5.861sec at Perth Motorplex, March 21, 2009. 
  • Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time record holder – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
  • Has recorded 14 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. 
  • Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
  • Competed in 60 of the 65 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 3301 points.    






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