TOP TEN EFFORT FROM ADRAD RACING IN CARRERA CUP CLIPSAL 500 QUALIFYING BRYCE WASHINGTON has moved closer to the leaders after qualifying 10th for the opening race of the 2006 WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship at the Clipsal 500 ...
TOP TEN EFFORT FROM ADRAD RACING IN CARRERA CUP CLIPSAL 500 QUALIFYING
BRYCE WASHINGTON has moved closer to the leaders after qualifying 10th for the opening race of the 2006 WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
In a tightly contested session that saw the top spot swap hands a number of times, Washington's 10th-place effort saw him lap just 1.2seconds slower than eventual pole sitter Alex Davison, meaning that Washington has closed the gap to pole by well over half a second since practice yesterday.
The ADRAD Racing Porsche, the only South Australian entry in this weekend's 22-car Carrera Cup field, sat as high as 7th in the session only to be bumped back to the fifth row of the grid in a late session flurry.
Washington was only two tenths of a second behind the third row of the grid at the end of the session, the result buoying the local driver's hopes heading into tomorrow's opening race.
"That was a really frustrating session because I am certain that we could have been fifth or sixth," he said.
"The car was really good, but I just couldn't get a clear lap so we're tenth instead of a bit further up the grid which is frustrating. The positive is that the car probably has another half a second in it that we just weren't able to show in Qualifying.
"I was following (eventual pole sitter) Alex Davison during one of my laps. I started the lap about eight car lengths behind and finished it right behind him so I have no doubt that the pace is there to race the leaders." He said.
After struggling in practice yesterday, Washington's strong showing today has boosted the 22-year-old's motivation substantially heading into this weekend's three races.
"If I had qualified in this position ordinarily I would've probably jumped off a cliff," he joked.
"But because we know the car is good I am actually feeling really confident that we can make some good progress in the first race tomorrow and go for a good finishing position by the end of the weekend.
"I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow." He enthused.
The first of three races that make up round 1 of ADRAD Racing's 2006 WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship campaign is scheduled for midday tomorrow, with the second later in the afternoon.
Returning champion Alex Davison scored pole position today ahead of Craig Baird and David Reynolds.