WASHINGTON SET FOR BATTLE IN CARRERA CUP INDY SHOWDOWN ADRAD Racing driver Bryce Washington will be looking to continue his recent strong form in the competitive WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship this weekend, when the all-Porsche series'...
WASHINGTON SET FOR BATTLE IN CARRERA CUP INDY SHOWDOWN
ADRAD Racing driver Bryce Washington will be looking to continue his recent strong form in the competitive WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship this weekend, when the all-Porsche series' stages its penultimate 2005 round on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Washington -- currently 11th in the points standings heading into this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 carnival -- will also be looking for a consistent points haul to close the points gap to 10th place competitor Klark Quinn and consolidate a strong top ten position in the championship before the final round. The ADRAD Driver currently trails Quinn by just 30 points with two rounds remaining.
And after his strong performances at the recent round at Mt. Panorama, Bathurst where he raced with the leaders - before mechanical problems slowed what was a sparkling performance - the Adelaidian believes that the team can replicate their form on the demanding concrete canyon when they hit the track for opening practice tomorrow.
"It will be my second time at the track in these cars, having made my Carrera Cup debut at Indy last year," Bryce said today on arrival at the Gold Coast airport.
"Based on our strong performance at Bathurst, we are very confident that we can find some consistency and be right inside the top ten this weekend.
"Our car has lacked a bit of consistency this season -- one meeting we'll struggle and the next we would be right on the money -- but we think we've turned a corner with the set-up and hopefully that will deliver us some good results this weekend."
Washington said that he believed that the strong run at the famous Bathurst circuit a fortnight ago were a strong boost heading into the Champ Car / V8 Supercar double header event this weekend.
Washington qualified a strong 5th at the challenging 6.2km circuit (His best performance of the season), and backed up that strong result with a fighting fourth in the opening 8-lap event - just a few tenths behind racing icon Jim Richards' GT3.
And whilst a broken drive shaft cost the team any chance of success in the eventually shortened second race, a fighting 10th in the final race proved that the ADRAD team had significant pace.
"We didn't have all the luck go our way, but we proved all weekend that when things go right we can race right at the front of the field." He said. "To do it at a demanding track like Bathurst was a bigger boost, so hopefully we can do it on the equally tough Gold Coast track this weekend."
This weekend's penultimate round of the championship will feature a unique format, a Friday night fight under lights for race two set to put on a show of flames and glowing brake disks from Washington and the remainder of the strong 22 car field.
Team ADRAD Racing will take to the track for Qualifying at 12:45pm local time tomorrow afternoon, before the opening eight-lap race of the weekend is staged at 3:45pm.