FIRST CAREER PODIUM FOR WASHINGTON AT LEXMARK INDY 300. Scoring that elusive first podium finish can often be a sign that things are about to change for the better in a driver's motor racing career. If such a saying is indeed true, South ...
FIRST CAREER PODIUM FOR WASHINGTON AT LEXMARK INDY 300.
Scoring that elusive first podium finish can often be a sign that things are about to change for the better in a driver's motor racing career.
If such a saying is indeed true, South Australian Bryce Washington has plenty of future success to look forward to after securing his first ever WPS Australian Carrera Cup Championship podium tonight at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast.
After a strong day's running Friday that saw the #54 Team ADRAD Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup qualify inside the top six - and subsequently secure a strong fourth-place finish in the opening rain affected eight lap race -- Washington had every right to be confident heading into this evening's unique night event, especially considering his much preferred dry conditions had returned late this afternoon.
Starting the race from fourth, Washington made an excellent start and leaped into a podium position in the race's early running.
After an early race dice with Ian Dyk, Washington was able to extend a margin as the race progressed and comfortably hold on to his third position. However, a missed gear late in the race drew Dyk closer again to the ADRAD Car -- ensuring that the battle for the minor podium positions would be tight over the final few laps.
Washington, however, hung on to score his first ever Carrera cup podium in emphatic fashion and set himself up for a top three round result with one race -- Sunday's finale' -- remaining on this weekend's program.
The South Australian driver was justifiably pleased with his efforts in the challenging night event.
"I have to say, it feels really good to have finally managed to get up onto the Carrera Cup podium, " Bryce said at the conclusion of the race.
"The car was really good, and for most of the race I was able to get a margin on Dyk and hold on to third place comfortably. Early on in the race I was facing pressure from Ian and was chasing down second place, so it was a really good battle.
"When I missed a couple of gears with a few laps to go it made things fairly tight for the last couple of laps, but in the end we were able to bring it home and finish third." He said.
"To finish where we did, and get this result, is fantastic -- I certainly hope we get more of them in the future!"
Washington said that he was feeling confident the ADRAD team's form would continue in the final Carrera cup race Sunday morning, the conclusion of this year's penultimate championship round.
"I can't see why we wont be competitive again on Sunday," he said. "The car has been really good this weekend, and we were having a good battle with second place in tonight's race, so we should be good to at least hold on to a podium finish in the final race Sunday.
"I'm really looking forward to having a successful end to what has been a really great weekend so far."
Fabian Coulthard won his second race of the weekend tonight, once again beating home VIP Driver Klark Quinn to the line in another tight race.