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Judd chasing first Nitro Champs win
Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Photo by: Grant Stephens 

Robin Judd is looking for his first major event win for the season when he competes at this weekend’s ninth annual Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek from Friday to Sunday, May 4-6.

Perth-based Judd top qualified in the first all five-second Top Doorslammer field in (Australian National Drag Racing Association) ANDRA Pro Series history at the previous Doorslammer championship event, held at Sydney Dragway in March 24.

Judd’s
Aeroflow/William Buck team went to the Sydney March event with one goal, to bridge the 35.5 points needed to take the Top Doorslammer Pro Series championship lead.
  
Judd was on track to move up the championship point’s ladder after taking maximum qualifying points and speed bonus points after recording his fastest-ever speed 251.02mph (403.97km/h) during qualifying.


However, Judd went out in the semi-final after his Aeroflow/William Buck ’59 Studebaker lost traction due to poor track conditions following an oil down from an earlier competitor in his lane.   

Only Judd’s driving skills saved him from crashing after the Studebaker moved sharply, broadsided and crossed into his opponent’s lane. Crossing the centre line is an instant disqualification.

Judd has put the disappointment of losing in the semi-final behind him and is now focusing on winning the Nitro Champs.

“Going into the last Sydney event, we were 35.5pts behind (championship leader) John Zappia. After losing to him (Zappia) in the semi, we are now 72.5pts behind, which has all but put the championship out of reach,” Judd said.

“The Aeroflow/William Buck team’s focus is on winning the Nitro Champs. If we do and the (championship) point’s fall in our favour and the championship comes back into play, then that’s a bonus.”  

Judd considers Sydney Dragway his favourite track after reaching the final at the past three consecutive Australian Nationals – held at SD – winning the 2009 and 2010 titles and reaching three semi-finals from the last seven completed (non-rain effected) events.
 
“There is no doubt Sydney Dragway must be considered is our most successful and favourite track,” Judd said. 

“Our Studebaker appears more suited to Sydney Dragway. We ran Australia’s first Top Doorslammer 5.7-second pass, a
5.779-second, while testing for last year’s Nationals, then at the March event we achieved our fastest-ever speed.”
 
 
Judd believes the all five-second eight-car field set at the Sydney March event could become the norm from now on. 

“History was made at the last Sydney event and it showed just how much the Doorslammer racers have stepped up overall.

“I think we will see more all five-second fields and that is going to make qualifying exciting and tough, particularly if you
run a 5.99-second pass and miss the field like a couple of racers did at the last event,” Judd said.

Judd (407.5pts) currently is in third place, behind Zappia (480pts), with Peter Kapiris (415.5) in second place.


Robin Judd quick facts
(As at Ma
rch 26, 2012) 

Quickest pass; 5.779sec at Sydney Dragway, September 7, 2011 

Fastest pass; 251.02mph (
403.97km/h) at Sydney Dragway, March 24, 2012 

Won Top Doorslammer at the 2009 and 2010 Australian Nationals (Sydney Dragway); 2009 Goldenstates (Perth Motorplex); Adelaide 2001 and 2000 Tin Tops (Willowbank). 

Runner-up in the 1999-2000; 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Australian Top Doorslammer championship series. 

The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 5.7-second pass – 5.779sec at Sydney Dragway, September 7, 2011. 

The first Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a 5.8-second pass – 5.868sec at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 

The sixth Top Doorslammer racer in Australia to run a five-second pass – 5.947sec at Willowbank, June 7, 2008. 

Has recorded 76 five-second Top Doorslammer passes, including 37 in the 5.8sec zone. 

One-half of Australia’s first-ever Top Doorslammer 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 quickest side-by-side Top Doorslammer pass (Judd, 5.868sec – Zappia, 5.777sec) at Sydney Dragway, September 10, 2011. 

 One-half of Australia’s fastest side-by-side Top Doorslammer pass (Judd, 248.57mph – Peter Kapiris, 256.02mph) at Sydney Dragway, September 11, 2011. 

 
One-half of Australia’s second quickest and second and third fastest side-by-side Top Doorslammer passes. 

 Current Perth Motorplex Top Doorslammer speed record holder – 250.00mph, March 3, 2012. 

 Former Top Doorslammer Nationals Elapsed Time record-holder – 5.868sec, set at Perth Motorplex, November 16, 2008. 

Has held the National Elapsed Time record on three occasions. 

Competed in 81 of the 107 championship series events staged to date. 

Third on the all-time Top Doorslammer championship point’s ladder with 5057 points. 

Qualified for 23 consecutive ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship events. 

Three-time winner of Willowbank Raceway Best Paired Run by an Out of Division Racer. 

 

RJR

 
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