Home
News
The Car
Results
Gallery
Multimedia
Sponsors
Sponsorship Opportunities
Links
Contact Us

Judd looks to break Westernationals drought 
Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship leader, Robin Judd, will be out to break a nine-year drought at this weekend’s 39th annual Westernationals at Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach  

 

 

 

 


Judd may have a handy championship series points lead and has won the last two series events, the Australian Nationals in Sydney and Goldenstates, Perth Motorplex – the recent Summernationals in Sydney was abandoned due to rain – however, the Westernationals has proved to be his hoodoo event.

The Perth-based Chartered Accountant has also reach six finals at the past nine events contested, but since the Motorplex opened in 2001, Judd has lost in the first round of eliminations at all Westernationals, except at the 2006 event when he reached the final, only to be runner-up.

This weekend, Judd is looking to break his luckless Westernationals run, win his third-straight event and take a comfortable championship lead with then only two events remaining in the series.

Judd currently leads the Top Doorslammer championship series with 355 points, a 50-point lead over Maurice Fabietti (305pts) and 72 points ahead of defending champion John Zappia (283pts). 

While Judd concedes this year’s Westernationals to be the most important event to date in his 10-year drag racing career, his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team will not be under any undue pressure.   

“The Westernationals is our (the teams) most important event to date. We must do well if we are going to win the championship.

“Does that create pressure? Yes, there is some pressure, but that pressure is on us (the team). My crew and I have created a standard that we don’t want to see compromised, so a poor performance at the Westernationals will be unacceptable,” Judd said.

With the Westernationals carrying 50 percent bonus points to entice interstate teams to travel to Perth for ANDRA Group One Championship series rounds, is another reason Judd needs a good result in his quest to win the championship.     

“We know that we have to perform well. We will be trying our absolute best to win the event. A win would give us a distinct advantage with the 50 percent bonus points on offer.”

While Judd has run Australia’s quickest-ever Doorslammer pass at the Motorplex, a 5.822-seconds, he is confident his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team will have a setup in the ’59 Studebaker to win the event.

“We tested at the Motorplex this week in similar conditions to that forecast for the weekend competition. We had to make some major changes to the car setup to get it down the hot and slippery track. Those changes produced a respectable 6.00-second at 241mph.   

“We have had mixed results at the last few events at the Perth Motorplex, some have been good and some not so good. We have done a lot of research on the data recorded from those events. From that information and this week’s testing, we think we have a car setup base-line that will suit the track conditions this weekend.   

“For this event it will not be so much to run the quickest time, but to stick to the fundamentals, which are to firstly get in the field (to qualify), hopefully in the top-half, preferably in the number one position and then just take each run as it comes,” Judd said.

-Ends-

Robin Judd quick facts

 

  • Quickest-ever pass; 5.822sec at Perth Motorplex, October 31, 2009.
  • Won Top Doorslammer at the 2009 Australian Nationals (Sydney Dragway) and Goldenstates (Perth Motorplex), Adelaide 2001 and 2000 Tin Tops (Willowbank).   
  • Former Top Doorslammer National Elapsed Time record holder – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 
  • Has held the National Elapsed Time record on three occasions. 
  • Has recorded 36 five-second Top Doorslammer passes, including 11 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 second quickest-ever side-by-side pass (Judd 5.850/245.67mph – John Zappia 5.875/243.41) at Sydney Dragway, September 13, 2009.    
  • Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
  • Competed in 67 of the 72 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.  
  • Fourth on the all-time Top Doorslammer Championship point’s ladder with 3876 points.   

 

    

 

 

 

RJR

All content on this website is copyright to Robin Judd Racing. No content is to be reproduced without written permission.
Home |News | Results | Gallery | The Car | History | Sponsors | Links | Multimedia | Sponsorship Opportunities | Contact Us | Sitemap