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Judd retains Doorslammer championship lead
Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010

Perth-based Chartered Accountant, Robin Judd, has retained his Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship lead after coming runner-up at the recent Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex. 





Looking for his third-straight Pro Series and first Westernationals event win,   Judd led the 14 Top Doorslammers attempting to qualify for the eight-car field after the first qualifying session when he ran a 5.954-second at 241.93mph to be the only competitor in the five-second zone for the session.

However, as Judd crossed the finish line, his William Buck/K&B Exclusive ’59 Studebaker suffered some mechanical damage, which necessitated an engine change before the next qualifying session – two hours later.

“It was nobody’s fault, just parts fatigue. We forget sometimes just how hard we push these engines to run the times we do. The damaged motor was the newer of the two we had at the track. We put in ‘old faithful’ (the older cast motor) and it carried us through the rest of the event, as it has done before. There is not a lot between the two engines, probably only a couple hundredths (of a second),” Judd said. 

In the second qualifying session, Judd (5.870/245.90) went quicker, but dropped to second place after arch-rival John Zappia recorded a 5.815sec at 244.56mph.

Zappia’s pass was the quickest-ever Top Doorslammer pass recorded in Australia, bettering the previous quickest, a 5.822sec recorded by Judd at the Perth Motorplex last October.  

“I must congratulate Zap (Zappia) on lowering our quickest-ever Doorslammer time from a 5.822sec to 5.815sec. After that run we knew Zap’s time would be hard to better in qualifying so our focus was to consolidate second spot, then get ready for the eliminations,” Judd said.

The third and final session saw Judd (5.864/245.23) better his two previous times, but it was not quite quick enough to top qualify.

In round one of eliminations, Judd (5.936/245.23) defeated Stuart Bishop (6.003/247.25) in Australia’s third fastest-ever (speed) side-by-side pass.      

Judd (5.875/245.23) then advanced to his second Westernationals final with an easy win over Gary Phillips (19.147/37.78) in the semi final.

The final saw Judd surrender lane choice to Zappia, who ran a 5.829sec at 243.24mph to Judd’s 6.079sec at 241.28mph to take the win.

“Our set-up for the final proved to be a little too aggressive for the lane and track conditions. It shook (tyre shake) at the top of low gear and I had to pedal (get off and back on the throttle) to get the car to hook-up and get down the track. This cost some time and although I had a slight advantage with a quicker reaction time, I ran out of track. I only had to run 5.85(sec) to beat his 5.82(sec).

“We were not trying to run a 5.80(sec), or take back the record, we were just trying to win the event. You have to make a judgement call and sometimes that means you have to take a risk.”  

Judd now leads the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship with 475 points followed by Zappia (441pts) and Maurice Fabietti (395pts).

“I am happy we went to another final. I am disappointed we lost, but we are still leading the championship with two events to go. Zappia and Fabietti have to beat us to take the championship lead. We have to step up a little to get the performance edge back, but we are confident this William Buck/K&B Exclusive team has what it takes to do it.” 

Judd is also a close second in the $25,000 Karcher Tri-State Top Doorslammer Shootout, a series that takes in the Westernationals and the coming Nitro Champs and Winternationals.  

“It would be just fantastic to win the Championship and if we won the Karcher Shootout as well it would just be the icing on the cake.” Judd said. 








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