WASHINGTON PODIUM CHANCE TAKES A HIT ON THE GOLD COAST. After experiencing one of his most competitive weekends since joining the one-make WPS Australian Carrera Cup championship some twelve months ago, South Australian Team ADRAD Racing driver...
WASHINGTON PODIUM CHANCE TAKES A HIT ON THE GOLD COAST.
After experiencing one of his most competitive weekends since joining the one-make WPS Australian Carrera Cup championship some twelve months ago, South Australian Team ADRAD Racing driver Bryce Washington was dealt a cruel blow today when he was taken out of this morning's third and final race on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Starting the final eight lap event from a strong third position, weekend long rival Ian Dyk passed Washington on the opening lap of the race leaving the ADRAD driver to settle down to the race in a top four position.
However, the strong early run came to naught when Paul Freestone - who Washington finished behind in Thursday's wet opening race -- touched Washington under in the braking zone into turn 1, the resulting contact sending the Team ADRAD Porsche 911 GT3 Cup spinning at the fast chicane.
The contact from behind was hard enough to force Washington out of the race, whilst official's penalised Freestone with a drive-through penalty.
As expected, Washington was highly disappointed after incident, believing it could have been easily avoided.
"I was coming through the apex of turn one, and it seems that he's come from three or four car lengths back, out braked himself and slammed into the rear of my car," Bryce explained.
"I was totally committed to the apex of the corner and had no control of the incident. It's a huge blow because we were looking really good to secure another top four result and cap off a fantastic weekend.
"I know we could have easily finished where we were running at the time of the crash, so to be taken out in the way that we were, in what was a totally avoidable situation, is a very disappointing end to the weekend." He said.
Despite the incident, the ADRAD team remains enthusiastic about the recent improved Carrera Cup form shown by the team's #54 Adrad Radiator Experts / Ad Air Porsche; Washington confident that better results would be forthcoming in the final round at Phillip Island.
"We were under the Carrera Cup lap record when we ran there at the recent Australian GT Championship and Porsche Drivers Challenge round a few months ago, so we think that we are going to have some good pace when we get there." He said, Washington having taken pole position and a race win in the competitive series at the super fast 4.45km racetrack.
"We are certainly going there to keep our recent momentum that we have had here and at Bathurst going, and try to make sure we score some good results to finish the season off with.
"We have had good car speed here this weekend, we just need a little more and we should be able to race with the leaders at the final round.
"The podium is definitely the goal at Phillip Island."
The final round of the WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship will be held at Victorian Phillip island Grand Prix Circuit on November 25 -- 27.