21 MAR 2012 - Judd looks for another Sydney win
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Judd looks for another Sydney win
Perth Top Doorslammer drag racer, Robin Judd, is hoping he can repeat past performances when he races at Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.
Judd reached the final at the past three consecutive Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway, winning the 2009 and 2010 titles and runner-up last year.
Judd was also the first Australian Top Doorslammer racer to run into the 5.7-second zone, a 5.779 second pass while testing at Sydney Dragway for last year’s Nationals.
“I believe our Aeroflow/William Buck ’59 Studebaker is more suited to Sydney Dragway than any other track on the championship series pro tour,” Judd said.
Having fought his way back into (Australian National Drag Racing Association) ANDRA Top Doorslammer championship series contention at the recent Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex, Judd is looking to reach another Sydney final to set up a run for the championship series with two events remaining after this weekend.
“The Perth Motorplex maybe our home track, but Sydney Dragway is our most successful and therefore must be considered our favourite track, Judd said.
“Our Aeroflow/William Buck Studebaker likes the Sydney track. We have performed better at more Pro Series events there than anywhere else.
“For some reason the Sydney track seems to have better traction out past the (Christmas) tree (start line), which suits our tune-up because we can keep the power in it without the risk of losing traction and causing grief.
“This, no doubt is why we have run our quickest time (5.779sec) and fastest speed (250.18mph/402.53kph) at Sydney Dragway.”
However, Judd also knows he has to improve his start line reaction time – after a slow reaction time allowed John Zappia win the Westernationals final – to have a good result in Sydney.
“I became over cautious at the Westernationals. This coupled with a shallow staging technique probably cost me the race. My 0.201sec reaction time against Zap (Zappia) in the final was unacceptable and uncharacteristic. I am confident I can shave a tenth (of a second) or so off that,” Judd said.
Judd looks for another Sydney win cont.
“My average reaction time is something like 0.14sec, if I had have achieved that I would have won the Westernationals. My goal is to consistently get under 0.10sec reaction time in Sydney and I will be practicing during qualifying to try and achieve that.
“I know I can risk being a bit quicker on the (start line) tree, but how much is the question. I’ve dug out my portable practice Christmas Tree and have been giving it a real workout. “
After being runner-up in three ANDRA Top Doorslammer championship series – 1999-2000, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 – and fourth last season (2010-2011), Judd concedes he must reach the final and even win at this weekend’s event to keep his 2011-2012 championship dream alive.
Going into this event last year, Judd was in fourth place in the championship series, 33 points behind series leader Zappia.
This year, Judd (334.5pts) is in third place, 35.5pts behind Zappia (370pts), with Peter Kapiris (348.5) in second place.
“There is certainly a lot riding on this event. Last year, this event was rained-out and we fell away badly at the final two events, the Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway and Winternationals at Willowbank. If we make the final and win, we will most likely leave Sydney leading the (championship) series, which is what we will be setting out to do,” Judd said.
Robin Judd quick facts
(As at March 5, 2012)
• Quickest pass; 5.779sec at Sydney Dragway, September 7, 2011
• Fastest pass; 250.18mph (402.53kph) at Sydney Dragway, September 7, 2011
• 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 73 five-second Top Doorslammer passes, including 35 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.