October 8th 2000 - Castrol '57 Chevy driver Victor Bray is still
the only person to have won an Australian Top Doorslammer Championship after
claiming the 2000 title by defeating Perth's Robin Judd in the semis at the
final round of the series at Willowbank Raceway's Konica Winternationals.
Bray had trailed Adelaide's Dave Koop by just two points and was only 13
points ahead of Perth's Robin Judd going into the event but quickly showed
he was on the pace in his Castrol '57 Chevy and ready for a dramatic title
showdown. Bray moved up the qualifying ladder with a 6.35-second pass in
Friday's sessions to trail his main championship challenger, Robin Judd, by
just two hundredths of a second.
Judd had recorded a world record equaling 6.17 back in June in the first
session of qualifying before rain intervened forcing the postponement of the
event until this weekend. Although times set back in those cooler conditions
still stood on the sheets the race and championship was certainly go to who
ever got on top of the October conditions.
The Ice Break Top Doorslammer category confirmed it's mantel as the
highlight of the Konica Winternationals after Friday's sessions saw Andrew
Searle 6.30, Robin Judd 6.33, Les Winter 6.34 and Victor Bray 6.35 produce
the tightest top half of a field yet seen.
Saturday nights elimination racing began with Championship leader Dave Koop,
facing the in-form Andrew Searle in the first round and being eliminated
from the title hunt early. Victor Bray, 6.47 seconds, had a first round win
over Melbourne's Peter Kapiris 6.92, to move ahead of Koop in the points.
Robin Judd, 6.33, was able to defeat Bray's Castrol team mate Steve Stanic,
6.76, to set up a semi final clash with Bray which was to determine the
In a dramatic title decider, Bray brought the huge Konica Winternationals
crowd to its feet cheering for their home town hero as he triggered the win
light with a 6.47 second time ahead of Judd's troubled 7.86. After the
euphoria of a fifth consecutive title Bray red lighted by a narrow margin in
the final against Brett Stevens but was far from disappointed as the
championship victory had been his major goal from the outset.
A relieved Victor Bray commented, "We would of loved to have won the
Konica Winternationals but the championship means so much to us that we're
more than happy. Every title has been hard but none was closer than
"Our Castrol team was behind the eight ball a few times but we kept
working at it and it came around for us in the end. Our guys worked their
backsides off this weekend. I've got to thank them along with all our
fantastic sponsors that have supported us all the way through. Special
thanks also to Hog's Breath Café who have just joined us on the car at this
meeting. Five championships is fantastic and next month we'll be on the
track trying our very best to make it six in a row for Castrol."
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