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6.24 Hands Judd First Win And National Record

Compiled by Robin Judd

Willowbank Raceway, QLD Nightfire Championships APRIL 15, 2000

The Australian Top Doorslammer points race is a tight one going into the final races of the season. With the points so tight going into this event, position in the field was more important than ever. Qualifying was crucial but Robin Judd's day began badly when extreme tire shake in the first qualifier threw a door off the Western Australian’s Studebaker.

After a number of oildowns, all the T/D teams were left with only one more session. On another "do or die" effort Judd gave a sign of things to come with a stunning 6.36 for top spot.

Round One opened with Judd facing the Ford Customline of Brisbane's Andrew Searle. Searle had left off a fuel line and broke on the burnout, but with lane choice in the next round up for grabs Judd elected to make a hard pass anyway. It was a blinder - the readout showed a 6.24, at 218 miles per hour (349 KPH), the quickest ever Top Doorslammer pass in Australia. Judd said "It just goes to show you don’t need big horsepower to run quick. We have a single magneto and relatively low blower overdrive based on what we’re allowed. At this rate we’d have to be competitive in an IHRA pro-mod field".

Points leader Dave Koop went out in the first round leaving the door open for Judd and Bray.

Judd and Kapiris each had lane choice for the semi final pairings. Kapiris faced Bray and left first, opening that gap as he reached half track. The Castrol Chevy produced it's customary top end charge, but Kapiris' 6.36 had Bray's 6.39 covered where it counts. With Bray now out Judd had to go into the final to advance in the points. With the new record time of 6.24 he was assured of the bonus points for quickest ET of the meet.

Whichever way the second pairing went, it would be an all Studebaker race from here. Stevens got the hole shot, but his 6.48 was never going to be a match for Judd’s early shut off 6.29. This time was enough to back up a new ANDRA National Elapsed Time Record and made the "Moonshine Bandit" the third fastest methanol powered sedan in the world.

Kapiris had his work cut out in the last run of the night, which turned out to be more of a repeat of the Australian Nationals final than anyone expected. This time, after getting the hole shot Kapiris moved over the centerline on the way to a losing 6.70, obviously distracted seeing Judd’s sleek white Studebaker disappear into the distance on yet a another 6.24. It was Judd’s first Top Doorslammer win and a day the team will never forget. Judd commented " Top qualifier, three .20’s and the National Record - how much better does it get? The only thing left is the championship – rest assured we will be going all out to try and win it!"

The points standings show how strongly the class has developed since it's inception. Robin Judd’s win put him just 13 points behind Bray and 15 points behind Koop. The championship will be a fight to the finish in every sense of the word. Round 8 (final) of the 1999/2000 Australian Top Doorslammer Championship will be an exciting part of the 2000 Konica Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway on June 9 - 11.

Check out Robin Judd's website at http://www.studeracing.com.au/

1999/2000 AUSTRALIAN TOP DOORSLAMMER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AS OF 4/16/00

Dave Koop, SA - '55 Chevrolet - 490
Victor Bray, QLD - '57 Chevrolet - 488
Robin Judd, WA - '53 Studebaker - 475
Peter Kapiris, VIC - '53 Studebaker - 415
Andrew Searle, QLD - '56 Ford Customline - 310
Brett Stevens, QLD - '53 Studebaker - 300
David Simpson, WA - EL Ford Fairmont - 268
Les Winter, QLD - '55 Chevrolet - 200
Peter Gratz, QLD - Dodge Daytona - 175
Marcus Chambers, VIC - '71 Monaro - 140
Steve Stanic, NSW - '56 Ford Customline - 120
Lindsay Murray, WA - '95 Commodore Ute - 120
Peter Hamilton, WA - Holden Statesman - 120
Ben Gatt, NSW - EA Ford Falcon - 40
Lui Raschella, SA - Chevrolet Bel Air - 40
Colin Will, SA - '55 Ford Thunderbird - 40
Mike Trahar, VIC - '53 Studebaker - 20
Gary Phillips, QLD - '53 Studebaker - 20
Alf Sorbello, NSW - '99 Holden Commodore - 20

Detailed Race Results

1st Round of Qualifying

15/04/2000 1:14 pm 28Deg,47%H,1014mB,1961RA,(TT)47Deg
1819Right Lane MARCUS CHAMBERS HOLDEN 511JP1, 511 JP1
1693Left Lane ROBIN JUDD '53 STUDEBAKER, KB 511
#Tst RcNo 150_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win M:5.078
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1819|T/D | 6.28| 0.931| 1.196| 3.112| 4.646|162.57| 5.964| 7.107|190.92| 1
1693|T/D | 6.28| 0.487| 1.135| 3.392| 5.815| 89.68| 8.871|12.629| 54.01| 1

15/04/2000 1:17 pm 28Deg,46%H,1014mB,1999RA,(TT)46Deg
1257 Right Lane ANDREW SEARLE 57 CUSSO 511, FORD 511
649 Left Lane BRETT STEVENS STUDEBAKER 514, 514
#Tst RcNo 151_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win M:0.105
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1257|T/D | 6.28| 0.517| 1.063| 2.833| 4.265|169.55| 5.599| 6.968|152.08| 1
649|T/D | 6.28| 0.797| 1.076| 2.883| 4.363|164.96| 5.659| 6.793|188.13| 1

15/04/2000 1:59 pm
1786 Right Lane PETER GRATZ DAYTONA 511KB, 511KB
791 Left Lane DAVE KOOP 55CHEV 526TFX, 526 TFX
#Tst RcNo 153_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (L) Left Win
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1786|T/D | 6.28| 0.536| 1.801| | | | | | | 1
791|T/D | 6.28| 0.520| 1.243| 3.039| 4.461|174.82| 5.681| 6.776|191.41| 1

15/04/2000 2:14 pm 28Deg,45%H,1013mB,2069RA,(TT)44Deg
60 Right Lane LES WINTER CHEVROLET 504KB, 504KB
4 Left Lane PETER KAPIRIS STUD 518, KB 518
#Tst RcNo 154_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (L) Left Win M:1.702
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
60|T/D | 6.28| 0.550| 1.165| 3.090| 4.883|130.06| 6.616| 8.353|122.62| 1
4|T/D | 6.28| 0.515| 1.080| 2.858| 4.334|163.04| 5.604| 6.686|199.20| 1

15/04/2000 2:16 pm 29Deg,45%H,1013mB,2111RA,(TT)44Deg
283 Right Lane
1221 Left Lane VICTOR BRAY 57 CHEV TFX 511, TFX 511
#Tst RcNo 155_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
283|T/D | 0.00| 0.451| 1.070| 2.859| 4.300|169.68| 5.553| 6.622|209.99| 1
1221|T/D | 6.28| 0.593| 1.067| 3.036| 4.598|164.96| 5.853| 6.893|210.68| 1

2nd Round of Qualifying

15/04/2000 4:37 pm 29Deg,45%H,1013mB,2112RA,(TT)35Deg
649 Right Lane BRETT STEVENS STUDEBAKER 514, 514
#Tst RcNo 257_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R)
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
649|T/D | 6.28| 0.943| 1.033| 2.828| 4.272|170.97| 5.503| 6.554|211.37| 2

15/04/2000 4:38 pm 29Deg,45%H,1013mB,2112RA,(TT)35Deg
1221 Right Lane VICTOR BRAY 57 CHEV TFX 511, TFX 511
1786 Left Lane PETER GRATZ DAYTONA 511KB, 511KB
#Tst RcNo 258_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win M:0.236
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1221|T/D | 6.28| 0.497| 1.055| 2.881| 4.309|170.45| 5.495| 6.504|218.98| 2
1786|T/D | 6.28| 0.499| 1.213| 3.059| 4.513|172.15| 5.730| 6.738|225.90| 2

15/04/2000 4:43 pm 29Deg,44%H,1013mB,2106RA,(TT)36Deg
1693 Right Lane ROBIN JUDD '53 STUDEBAKER, KB 511
#Tst RcNo 259_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R)
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1693|T/D | 6.28| 0.512| 1.050| 2.737| 4.130|168.92| 5.334| 6.364|217.28| 2

15/04/2000 4:46 pm 29Deg,44%H,1013mB,2099RA,(TT)34Deg
791 Right Lane DAVE KOOP 55CHEV 526TFX, 526 TFX
1819 Left Lane MARCUS CHAMBERS HOLDEN 511JP1, 511 JP1
#Tst RcNo 260_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win M:0.619
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
791|T/D | 6.28| 0.519| 1.098| 2.897| 4.343|167.66| 5.569| 6.614|210.38| 2
1819|T/D | 6.28| 0.627| 1.194| 3.094| 4.627|160.03| 5.969| 7.125|192.14| 2

15/04/2000 4:50 pm 28Deg,45%H,1013mB,2018RA,(TT)34Deg
4 Right Lane PETER KAPIRIS STUD 518, KB 518
1257 Left Lane ANDREW SEARLE 57 CUSSO 511, FORD 511
#Tst RcNo 261_______Time Trials, Test and Tune (R) Right Win M:0.825
NUM|CLASS| HCAP| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
4|T/D | 6.28| 0.512| 1.062| 2.756| 4.155|169.30| 5.387| 6.437|214.18| 2
1257|T/D | 6.28| 0.550| 1.192| 3.332| 4.884|161.99| 6.156| 7.224|208.92| 2

First Round

15/04/2000 6:17 pm
1693 Right Lane ROBIN JUDD '53 STUDEBAKER, KB 511
1257 Left Lane ANDREW SEARLE 57 CUSSO 511, FORD 511
#Gp1 RcNo 293 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1693| | 6.28| 0.502| 1.023| 2.695| 4.055|181.31| 5.232| 6.246|218.55| R
1257| | 6.28| 0.000| | | | | | | | F

15/04/2000 6:25 pm
4 Right Lane PETER KAPIRIS STUD 518, KB 518
1786 Left Lane PETER GRATZ DAYTONA 511KB, 511KB
#Gp1 RcNo 294 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
4| | 6.28| 0.513| 1.068| 2.780| 4.178|176.33| 5.382| 6.407|220.05|
1786| | 6.28| 2.164|

15/04/2000 6:28 pm 24Deg,66%H,1014mB,1594RA,(TT)26Deg
1221 Right Lane VICTOR BRAY 57 CHEV TFX 511, TFX 511
283 Left Lane STEVE STANIC, FORD CUSTOMLINE
#Gp1 RcNo 295 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win M:0.011
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1221| | 6.28| 0.537| 1.057| 2.994| 4.435|179.14| 5.644| 6.650|222.00|
283| | 6.28| 0.488| 1.092| 2.918| 4.386|166.92| 5.645| 6.710|211.66|

15/04/2000 6:54 pm 23Deg,68%H,1015mB,1518RA,(TT)24Deg
649 Right Lane BRETT STEVENS STUDEBAKER 514, 514
791 Left Lane DAVE KOOP 55CHEV 526TFX, 526 TFX
#Gp1 RcNo 296 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win M:1.014
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
649| | 6.28| 0.766| 1.020| 2.736| 4.116|175.78| 5.326| 6.368|213.98|
791| | 6.28| 0.460| 1.134| 3.117| 4.894|148.12| 6.341| 7.688|157.12|

Semi Finals

15/04/2000 8:26 pm 22Deg,88%H,1015mB,1521RA,(TT)25Deg
4 Right Lane PETER KAPIRIS STUD 518, KB 518
1221 Left Lane VICTOR BRAY 57 CHEV TFX 511, TFX 511
#Gp1 RcNo 351 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win M:0.094
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
4| | 6.28| 0.482| 1.060| 2.742| 4.123|172.15| 5.331| 6.364|215.62|
1221| | 6.28| 0.541| 1.115| 2.858| 4.232|182.78| 5.399| 6.399|221.45|

15/04/2000 8:29 pm 22Deg,89%H,1016mB,1497RA,(TT)25Deg
1693 Right Lane ROBIN JUDD '53 STUDEBAKER, KB 511
649 Left Lane BRETT STEVENS STUDEBAKER 514, 514
#Gp1 RcNo 352 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win M:0.156
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1693| | 6.28| 0.506| 1.037| 2.692| 4.045|182.48| 5.217| 6.295|194.22|
649| | 6.28| 0.470| 1.051| 2.804| 4.221|175.10| 5.439| 6.487|213.27|

Final

15/04/2000 10:32 pm 21Deg,95%H,1016mB,1293RA,(TT)22Deg
1693 Right Lane ROBIN JUDD '53 STUDEBAKER, KB 511
4 Left Lane PETER KAPIRIS STUD 518, KB 518
#Gp1 RcNo 436 T/D TOP DOORSLAMMER (R) Right Win M:0.395
NUM|CLASS|Recrd| REACT| 60| 330| 660| MPH| 1000| ET| MPH|
1693| | 6.28| 0.543| 1.026| 2.690| 4.058|181.16| 5.238| 6.248|219.62| R
4| | 6.28| 0.482| 1.040| 2.846| 4.331|165.20| 5.601| 6.704|187.19|

 
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