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Judd looking for back-to-back Goldenstates

Perth drag racer, Robin Judd, is looking to win back-to-back Top Doorslammer events at this weekend’s 39th annual Goldenstates Title at the Perth Motorplex.

Fresh from winning back-to-back Australian Nationals titles at Sydney Dragway in September, Judd is keen to reach a third-straight Goldenstates final.

 

 

 

 

 

A win on the weekend, will give Judd the Nationals-Goldenstates double for the second year in a row and enable him to take a handy points lead in the (Australian National Drag Racing Association) ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship.  

Judd leads the championship series with 113 points after the season-opening Australian Nationals. Maurice Fabietti is second with 87 points, while defending Pro Series champion and Judd’s archrival, John Zappia (20pts), failed to qualify at the Nationals.

With 22 Doorslammer entries at the Goldenstates, Judd is expecting the quickest-ever bump spot for an eight-car Doorslammer field.   

Judd also believes he will have to run consistently in the low 5.80-second zone in his William Buck ’59 Studebaker to be in the top-half of the field after qualifying.  
 
“If the track and weather conditions are right and with 22 cars entered, it could be the quickest-ever bump spot in Australian Top Doorslammer history,” Judd said. 

“With so many entries, we will have to be on the pace right from the first qualifying session. We need to run in the low 5.80s (second) to be guaranteed to finish in the top-half of the field at the end of qualifying.”

Judd ran a 5.830sec at 244.56mph pass at the recent November 20 Motorplex event, which is just shy of his best-ever 5.822sec time, recorded at the Motorplex in October last year. He believes with further improvements, his Studebaker can run quicker.    

“We are going to test prior to the event to refine our suspension and chassis tune-up in search of more consistency. The William Buck team is slowly getting on top of our combination, but we still have a little way to go.

“With the Perth events carrying 50 percent bonus points, it is essential we do well to enable us to build up a handy (championship series) points lead.

“While we won both the Nationals and Goldenstates (events) last year, we did not have a large point’s buffer. A win on the weekend will give us a good point’s lead over our two main rivals, Fabietti and Zappia going into the Willowbank round in January,” Judd said. 

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Robin Judd quick facts

  • Quickest-ever pass; 5.822sec at Perth Motorplex, October 31, 2009.
  • Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
  • Won Top Doorslammer at the 2009 and 2010 Australian Nationals (Sydney Dragway) and 2009 Goldenstates (Perth Motorplex), Adelaide 2001 and 2000 Tin Tops (Willowbank).   
  • Former Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time record holder – 5.868sec set at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
  • Has held the National Elapsed Time record on three occasions. 
  • Has recorded 51 five-second Top Doorslammer passes, including 20 in the 5.8sec zone.
  • The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 6.1-second pass – 6.179sec at Willowbank, June 9, 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 of only four racers in Australia to do so.
  • One half of Australia’s first-ever side-by-side five-second pass (Judd 5.946/242.20 – John Zappia 5.858/246.58) at Willowbank, April 19, 2009.
  • One half of Australia’s fastest side-by-side Top Doorslammer pass (Robin Judd, 249.21mph – Mark Belleri, 249.07mph) at Willowbank, June 12, 2010
  • Competed in 71 of the 77 championship series events staged to date.
  • One of only four racers to compete every year since the Australian Top Doorslammer championship series started in 1999.  
  • Second on the all-time Top Doorslammer Championship point’s ladder with 4249 points.
  • Three-time winner of Willowbank Raceway Best Paired Run by an Out of Division Racer.      

 

 

 

 

RJR

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