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Judd set to consolidate championship lead
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Perth-based Top Doorslammer drag racer, Robin Judd, will look to consolidate his Australian championship series lead at next weekend’s (February 12-13) seventh annual Summernationals at the Sydney Dragway.  

 

 

 

 

 


For the first time in his 10-year professional Group One drag racing career, Judd, a Chartered Accountant, will go into an event leading the 2009/2010 ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship with 315 points, 50 points ahead of Maurice Fabietti (265pts).

Judd will also be looking for his third-straight event win after winning the 2009 (September) Australian Nationals in Sydney then the (November) Goldenstates in Perth.

Last season, Judd reached the final of four events, losing all four to archrival John Zappia, who is currently third in the championship with 233pts (82 points behind Judd). 

While Judd concedes his William Buck/K & B Exclusive team will be in uncharted waters in Sydney – the chance to win three consecutive events and take a handy championship series lead will be challenging – despite the extra pressure, it will be business as usual.   

“Yes, there will be pressure to stay in the championship lead, the product of some really hard work over a long period of time.

“A lot of foundations were laid over the last one and a half seasons.

“Over that period, we have engaged some new crew members, made system changes and generally worked on bringing more professionalism into the team. We now have a far slicker operation,” Judd said.  

“The crew has also taken ownership and pride in the team. They will not put up with second best.

“The team is now so well drilled and more serious than it’s ever been before. We still have fun, but we are serious about being professional and competitive.

“We are focused on getting the car’s pre-race preparation and maintenance program right. We have introduced a lot more data logging, focusing on the one percent type decisions.

“As a driver, I think I have improved. I have had to in order to keep up with the way the team has evolved. My reaction times are quicker and I am better dealing with driving issues. You never stop learning in this sport.    

“At the Goldenstates we were out of the race until the last qualifier. We changed the motor in an hour, made some tune-up changes, then went out and qualified number two. We then ended up going through and winning the event.

“Some people say we have made it, but we don’t see it that way, we believe we still have a long way to go.”  

Judd is also mindful going to Sydney leading the championship rather than chasing Zappia. He believes all the other Doorslammer teams will be gunning for him and the William Buck/K & B Exclusive team.         

“For the last two seasons Zap (Zappia) has set the standard. So far this season we have successfully cleared the high jump bar he set and now we just want to continue to stay in the (championship) lead.

“So I guess we will be wearing the target in Sydney. It will be tough, especially with 18 drivers trying to qualify for the eight-car field.   

“If we go OK in Sydney then do well again in Perth (two weeks later) at the Westernationals that will be the point that determines how we will finish the season – hopefully winning the championship.

“But we can’t get ahead of ourselves, we have to go to the Summernationals, qualify then take each round at a time. Hopefully, we can come home with the win,” Judd said.   

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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 66 of the 71 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 3836 points.   

 

 

 

RJR

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