BRYCE WASHINGTON LOOKS FOR A CHANGE OF BATHURST LUCK Mount Panorama, Bathurst, has a longstanding reputation for being one of the toughest circuits in Australia; a take-no-prisoners place where only significant amounts of talent and luck keep...
BRYCE WASHINGTON LOOKS FOR A CHANGE OF BATHURST LUCK
Mount Panorama, Bathurst, has a longstanding reputation for being one of the toughest circuits in Australia; a take-no-prisoners place where only significant amounts of talent and luck keep you from becoming the circuit's next hard-luck story.
ADRAD Racing's Bryce Washington has talent in spades, but this weekend will be looking for a chance of his Bathurst fortunes when he tackles the sixth round of the 2006 WPS Carrera Cup Australia Championship at the New South Wales circuit.
The 22-year-old South Australian Porsche ace has been plagued by misfortune on his two previous visits to Bathurst in a Carrera Cup Car.
In 2004, his first visit to the mountain in a Porsche, Washington suffered a flat battery in the first race that put him on the back foot for the entire weekend.
Last year Washington posted a strong top five qualifying performance -- his best of the season before the Bathurst round. That fifth on the grid became a strong fourth place run in race two before a driveshaft broke in the second race ending his day.
The ADRAD Car would go on to finish 10th in the third and final race from the back of the field, serving notice to this year's grid that he wont be one to mess with come the race weekend.
A long break between rounds -- even longer for Bryce as he missed the Sandown event in September, thanks to a calendar clash with a round of the GT championship in which he is a leading championship contender - has enabled Washington to recharge his batteries, ensuring that he heads to Bathurst on top of his game.
"I was able to get away for a couple of weeks which was really good," he said.
"Then I got back in the car on Sunday at a Porsche club sprint at Mallala. The conditions weren't fantastic because it was pretty wet and miserable but I was able to get about an hour and a half in the car, which was great.
"It was important for me to get back in the seat after such a long time between rounds to make sure that I was back at the top of my game come the weekend."
With three rounds remaining in the championship and the ADRAD Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Car well out of the championship fight thanks to a tough season, the gloves will be off for the South Australian as he heads into a sequence of tracks where last year he excelled.
"Bathurst was strong for us last year," explained Washington.
"Then at Indy we were very fast and scored my first podium since I joined the series. We were also quick at Phillip Island so hopefully the end of this season can replicate the speed we had last year with some better luck.
"If we can just turn around some of the bad luck that I have had in the past, At Bathurst and in the championship in general, we'll be looking really good.
"We know we have the car speed and the potential to really succeed." He said.
This weekend's sixth round of the WPS Carrera Cup Championship will see ADRAD Racing in action for three races over the weekend, with races two and three (Saturday and Sunday) set to be televised as part of Network Ten's Bathurst coverage.