Jeff Judd powers around Premier Speedway on his way to claiming his third Victorian wingless sprints championship on Saturday night.JEFF Judd has a habit of winning Victorian titles in threes.
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The Camperdown driver claimed three state super rod crowns in a decorated career and on Saturday night claimed his third Victorian wingless sprints championship in four years at Premier Speedway.

Judd, who started the 25-lap feature from position six, charged to the lead and despite rivals getting close to his tail tank, he was never seriously threatened.

“It’s great to get a win at Premier any time but to do it in a title and with that number of cars (65) it’s probably the highlight of racing wingless sprints,” Judd said.

His victory from Western Australians Daryl Clayden and Daniel Keen comes after he won the 2009 and 2010 Victorian titles. He had a top-five finish last year.

Judd said he hadn’t entered the 25-lap feature with big expectations because of the quality of the field. “It (winning) probably took me a little bit by surprise because there were so many cars.

“Starting out of six I thought the front couple of guys would have got away a bit. And the way the class is pretty even, I was surprised.”

Judd said he was delighted to claim the win.

“I was very happy. I said to a few of the guys after it was probably one of the best races I’ve had. The car was great, the track was brilliant.”

Judd, who has a state sprintcar series crown to his list of achievements, said the Premier Speedway track had given drivers plenty of passing opportunities.

He picked off a couple of rivals in the opening two laps before he used his experience around the high-banked circuit to produce two slide-jobs under rivals, firstly for second and then the lead.

He was comfortably out in front until the only stoppage of the feature with eight laps remaining brought hard-charging Clayden, who started from the fifth row, up behind him.

Judd revealed he had heard track commentators during the re-start talking about the progress of Clayden and Keen.

“I knew I had a couple of WA guys behind me and I felt I couldn’t make a mistake.

“There wasn’t much in it at the end but the last five laps I probably backed off a bit to make sure I hit my lines and didn’t make any mistakes.”

Judd said he was unsure of his racing commitments in coming weeks, saying his responsibilities as a crew member for sprintcar driver Jamie Veal came first as Veal chased a win in the state series.

There was a strong south-west contingent in Saturday night’s 20-car A main, with Warrnambool’s Steven Trigg 10th, Brad Warren 11th and Camperdown’s Jye Saunders 12th.

Cobden’s Daniel Beard was a casualty in the final.

National champion Todd Wigzell was 11th in his Premier Speedway debut.

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