A CONSISTENT RUN ENDED FOR TEAM ADRAD AT BATHURST An unfortunate mechanical failure has ended a promising run for ADRAD Racing driver Bryce Washington in round six of the WPS Carrera Cup Championship at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. The...
A CONSISTENT RUN ENDED FOR TEAM ADRAD AT BATHURST
An unfortunate mechanical failure has ended a promising run for ADRAD Racing driver Bryce Washington in round six of the WPS Carrera Cup Championship at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
The 22-year-old South Australian driver had pieced together two consistent top ten finishes in the opening two races of the weekend before a failed Clutch Hydraulic slave cylinder failed as the cars formed up for this morning's third and final event.
The failed component saw the #54 ADRAD Porsche GT3 Cup Car stranded on the grid before this morning's final race at the iconic 6.213km circuit in regional New South Wales.
Washington's non finish today put a damper on a weekend that looked to have changed some of his unfortunate luck experienced this season -- an increasingly strong performance over the course of the round giving the team hope for a top five finish today.
Washington qualified the #54 car in 10th position with a 2m14.2710s lap time but made significant progress overnight to lap almost a second quicker in Saturday's opening 8-lap event.
Although he only finished 10th in the race Washington's improvement was a sign that the team was coming to grips with the car -- a fact that was promptly proved in the second race when he passed two cars to score 8th place, again lapping over a second faster than his qualifying benchmark.
Today's final sprint was set to be the scene of continued improvement before the clutch drama leaked fluids from the car and ended the race before it even started.
A philosophical Washington was then left to once again question his misfortune experienced this season.
"I don't know what I have to do to change my luck this year.
"Today was just another one of those unfortunate things where a niggling problem stopped us from improving when we had a real shot at a Top six position. The car wasn't bad and we were making good progress yesterday and I was confident that a top five or six was on the cards today.
"Unfortunately on the form up lap the car dumped its fluids and that was that." He said.
ADRAD Racing will have a quick turnaround from this weekend's event -- The seventh and penultimate round of the all-Porsche series set to be held at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast in just two weeks time.
The Indy event was the scene of Washington's first Carrera Cup Podium finish when he scored a third last year.