WAKEFIELD LOOMS FOR ADRAD RACING TO KICKSTART SEASON
Adelaide-based ADRAD Racing and driver Bryce Washington head to Goulburn's Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend for round two of the 2006 WPS Carrera Cup Australia Championship, and the team has just one thing on their minds.
That will simply be to have a better weekend than the first championship round at Adelaide, where the Bryce Washington's ADRAD Porsche GT3 Cup Car was the innocent victim in a turn two crash just 500 meters into the start of the season almost two months ago.
The unfortunate incident was a significant setback to the team's opening round hopes, coming after a solid 10th place effort in qualifying on the Adelaide streets, and places them a lowly 21st in the championship standings with six points.
Although it's been a long time between rounds, Washington has kept himself match fit with a variety of racing exploits.
The 21-year-old Adelaidian has since raced competitively inside the top ten at the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix Carrera Cup Races, won the third round of the Australian GT Championship at Oran Park two weeks ago and last weekend showed plenty of speed in the fourth GT round at Phillip Island driving the teams older model 996 GT3.
This weekend's Carrera Cup round at Wakefield Park -- an hour outside of the Nation's Capital - is also familiar turf for Washington, having already contested a GT Championship round at the circuit in early March this year with some success.
The team tested at the 2.2km circuit on Monday, completing a productive days running in the completely rebuilt GT3 Cup Car in preparation for this weekend's event.
"The test day went really well," enthused Washington this week.
"We went half a second quicker round there than we did in the car earlier this year, and I'm feeling much more comfortable in the car than I did at the start of the season.
"It was a very good test and it's certainly been a confidence boost for us."
Washington added that they were looking to essentially restart their season at Wakefield Park.
"Clipsal wasn't fantastic for us so it will be Wakefield where we really need to start off our championship," He said.
"It has taken me a lot of work to get to grips with the new car but the test day this week -- and the day tomorrow (Thursday) should put us in a good position heading into the weekend.
"I'm looking forward to it. The introduction of the pit stop race will bring the team into the equation and the longer race should be interesting as well.
"We finished the 2005 season off so strongly and I'm particularly keen to get back to where we were as soon as possible," said Washington.
This weekend's second championship round will be the first Carrera Cup event on record to include a compulsory pit stop, a 25-lap encounter on Sunday morning giving the Carrera Cup teams a chance to get further involved with the success of their drivers.
A further two races at 16-laps-each will ensure plenty of track time for Carrera Cup participants at the round, held this weekend with the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series.