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Championship on the line for Judd 
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

For Australia’s quickest-ever Top Doorslammer drag racer, Perth-based Robin Judd, this weekend’s 38th annual Westernationals at Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach, is a make or break event.

Judd, who is currently in second place in the 2008/09 Australian Top Doorslammer championship series, is approaching the event as the most important race in his championship quest.


A good result for Judd, who has 260 championship points, at the event means he could draw level with or take the lead from series leader, fellow Perth racer John Zappia (290 points). A bad result could see Zappia move further ahead in the points race.

While Judd is aiming for an event win, he concedes that if Zappia finishes ahead of him, it will be an uphill battle to overhaul the defending champion with three East Coast series rounds left after this weekend.   

“This is the most crucial event in our quest to win the championship series. We need to finish the event ahead of Zap (Zappia) to level the series or take the series lead. But if we have a bad event, we will be under enormous pressure to close the gap,” Judd said. 

And while ANDRA Group One Championship series rounds in Perth earn racers 50 percent bonus points to entice interstate teams to make the effort to travel to Perth, it is these extra points that could give Judd the chance he needs to close or overtake Zappia’s championship lead.

“I think the bonus points on offer in Perth will prove to be critical, even the low Elapse Time and Top Speed points could play into the mix. If we go one round better than Zap and get the extra (ET and speed) bonus points we will earn 45 points more than Zap and take the lead by 15 points, but if we do not, making up the points difference in the last three East Coast events will be hard.” 

Due to the recent Summernationals event at Sydney being rained-out, Judd, who recorded Australia’s quickest-ever Top Doorslammer pass, a 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex in November last year, will test his William Buck/K & B Exclusive ’59 Studebaker at the Motorplex tomorrow (Wednesday).  

“To maximise our chance of winning the event, we will be testing on Wednesday. We are going to put in a couple of runs to set up a base line and fully test our new motor, which we did not get to do at Sydney.

“I have to do well this weekend to really have a good run at the championship, that’s the bottom line.

“Yes, this event will either make or break us; a good result will give us a leg up, a bad result will make it much more difficult to win the championship. It will be one or the other, there is nothing in between,” Judd said.

Robin Judd quick facts

Recorded Australia’s quickest-ever Top Doorslammer pass, a 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
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. 
Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time record holder – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
Competed in 59 of the 64 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 3241 points.    





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