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Judd runs another five-second pass
Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008

Perth Top Doorslammer drag racer, Robin Judd, ran another five-second pass to qualify in second place at the season opening, 43rd annual Fuchs Australian Nationals held at Western Sydney International Dragway, September 12-14.

Judd ran 5.978sec at 243.46mph, which was also his fastest-ever (speed) pass, in the second qualifying session to finish just behind top qualifier Ben Bray (5.916/241.54) and ahead of fellow Perth racer John Zappia (5.983/238.47).

After the first qualifying session, Judd (6.403/237.84) was in 10th place, after suffering tyre shake, and outside the eight-car field, which was headed by Bray (5.943/240.72) and Zappia.

Judd topped the second qualifying session list when he recorded his third-ever five-second pass to move into second spot.

However, what made this five-second pass more impressive was that Judd had to momentarily lift of the throttle at 300 feet (91 metres) to keep the car straight on a rapidly cooling slippery track.   

Bray (5.916/241.54), Zappia (6.021/239.40) and Judd (6.029/242.93) were the leading three performers in the third session to stay in the top three qualifying positions.    

The fourth and final qualifying session was cancelled due to the WSID track curfew, while the final day eliminations were abandoned due to rain.

Judd has now run three five-second passes, considered the pinnacle of Doorslammer times, after recording two five-second passes at the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway in June.

Judd left Sydney still on top of the Doorslammer all-time quick list and Australian Elapsed Time record holder, with the 5.907sec recorded at Willowbank.

Judd said recording another five-second pass was an achievement and his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team now has the consistency to regularly run five-second passes.    

“We are really pleased with how we are now going and the consistency with the car. 
“We want to run more five-second passes and it is amazing how the expectation is there to try and run a five-second pass each time we go out on the track

“When we ran the 6.02(sec) in the last session, we were disappointed because we knew we could run quicker, but experiencing tyre shake at the top of first gear meant I had to pedal the throttle to get the car to stick to the track properly. A couple of months ago we would have been over the moon running 6.02, let alone with a pedal!”

Judd said he was disappointed the event had to be called-off, particularly with 20 cars vying for a spot in the eight-car field. But after qualifying in second place, he was confident he could have gathered valuable championship points had the event concluded.      

“The championship is our major priority, that’s what we are chasing this year. 

“It is the first time in a long while we can have a real good shot at the title. We have got a good car, it is running some quick numbers and qualifying in the top half of the field shows we are up there with the country’s best Doorslammer teams,” Judd said.






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