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Judd looking for title boost at Fuchs Australian Nationals
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Perth-based Chartered Accountant and Top Doorslammer drag racer, Robin Judd, will be looking to break a 10-year drought at this weekend’s (September 11-13) 44th annual Fuchs Australian Nationals at Western Sydney Dragway (WSID).   

Despite being runner-up in two Australian Top Doorslammer championship series, Judd has not won at the Nationals. 

 

 

However, Judd is buoyed by the knowledge that when he has had a good Nationals result, he has gone close to winning the championship series.

One of only three racers to compete in all 10 Nationals since Top Doorslammer became a Group One championship category; Judd has finished in the top 10 in each of the 10 championship series.

Judd knows if he reaches the Nationals final, he will leave Sydney in the top three or even leading the championship series. 

Judd qualified third and was runner-up at the 2000 Nationals – the first year Top Doorslammer was run at the Nationals – and was runner-up in the 1999/2000 championship series.

Then at last year’s Nationals, Judd qualified second before the event was rained-out and eliminations abandoned. He was again runner-up in the championship series.     

At the 2005 Nationals, Judd qualified fourth before rain stopped the event. He finished fourth in the championship.   

Judd has qualified in the top-half of the Nationals eight-car field three times, has lost in round one of eliminations three times, has failed to qualify three times and has seen a good qualifying position washed-away three times.

With 17 racers vying for a spot in the eight-car Doorslammer field, Judd knows just to qualify will be tough, but is upbeat at breaking his Nationals hoodoo.

“We have been racing for 10 years now and at times it’s been a long hard road, but the momentum and enthusiasm has lifted dramatically in the William Buck/K & B Exclusive team over the past 18 months,” Judd said.

“Being one of a handful of racers at the top of the heap in Australia’s most competitive (Top Doorslammer) drag racing class is great, but now we have to win a championship and that starts with going to the final and winning, starting with the Nationals.

“The key to racing in Top Doorslammer is consistency and being able to run in the five-second zone both in qualifying and eliminations.

“Over the past two years we have notched up the second most five-second passes in the Australian Top Doorslammer bracket. This has been due mainly to Stuart Rowland, a very accomplished racer in his own right, joining the William Buck/K & B Exclusive team as a consultant/crew chief.

“Stuey (Rowland) has brought a new dimension to the team and works well with my workshop manager Andrew Fowler. Together with our other crew members we now form a formidable group,” Judd said. 

“We are going to Sydney to win the Nationals before heading back to the Perth Motorplex for the start of the WA season and round three of the Top Doorslammer championship series.

“We rely on the local race meetings for testing and look forward to running again on our home track, host to our quickest times last season.

“The Perth rounds have bonus points attached, which we must capitalise on, but it's going to be tough with quite a few teams lifting their game this season.”

 

Robin Judd quick facts

  • Quickest-ever pass; a 5.861sec at Perth Motorplex, March 21, 2009. 
  • 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 25 five-second Top Doorslammer passes, including four in the 5.8sec zone, one of only two racers in Australia. 
  • The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 6.1-second pass – 6.179sec at Willowbank, June 09, 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 half of Australia’s first-ever side-by-side five-second and quickest-ever side-by-side pass (Judd 5.946/242.20 – John Zappia 5.858/246.58) at Willowbank, April 19, 2009 
  • Fastest pass, 249.31mph (401.13kph) at Willowbank, January 3, 2009.
  • Competed in 64 of the 69 championship series events staged to date.
  • One of only five racers to compete every year since the Australian Top Doorslammer championship series started in 1999.  
  • Fifth on the all-time Top Doorslammer Championship point’s ladder with 3581 points.    

    

 

 

 

RJR

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