Natrad Lambo“When this car is fully developed, it will be a race winner.”

That’s the word from Natrad Racing driver Bryce Washington following the Australian racing debut of his brand new Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 in this weekend’s second round of the Australian GT Championship.

At his home event, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, 22-year-old Washington made the debut of the 535hp Lamborghini and – despite a number of teething problems featuring the vehicle’s electrics and gearshift mechanism – was buoyed by the exoticar’s potential.

In qualifying Bryce lapped within a second of pole position, his time of 1m25.9928s good enough for third place on the grid.

The car ran strongly for the first few laps of the second race, before slowing due to a number of gear shifting issues that hindered the performance – Washington eventually coming across the line in 14th position with a lot of work ahead of him for race two.

That second race proved the fighting qualities of both car and driver, Bryce making quick work of the field to scythe his way through to third position well before the end of the race.

Washington also scored third in the final race of the weekend this morning and secured a top five round result.

After a strong performance (driving his old Porsche GT3) in the opening round of the championship, Washington is now ideally poised to make a run on the title he won in 2005.

Points’ leader Alan Simonsen is unlikely to return to the series this year due to international racing commitments.

“It was all just niggling technical problems that we had this weekend,” Washington said following the cars’ debut performance.

“There are a couple of problems we found out relating to the gearbox and also to the fuel system, but we managed to work through them.

“This weekend was really a learning experience for the team and I, so to come away with a couple of podium finishes is a good result.

“The car is simply phenomenal to drive. It’s so aero dependant it makes turn 8 (The high speed sweeper) amazing and very, very fast. Once we work out all its quirks it is going to be a very good car,” he said.

”I can’t wait to get to Bathurst – it should be incredible around there.”

Washington also took his ADRAD Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Car to a strong performance in the opening round of the Carrera Cup championship.

Now driving with the ultra successful Paul Cruickshank racing organisation, Washington finished inside the top ten to gain a solid haul of championship points for his campaign in the all-Porsche series.

Washington’s Natrad-supported Lamborghini team will continue to develop the car before the next round of the Australian GT Championship, set to be held at the Bathurst International Motor Festival over the Easter Long Weekend.