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James MoffatOn Friday James Moffat (Bob Jane T-Marts/Trueline) was in hospital, today he was on cloud nine after he won Carrera Cup Australia’s final race of the year at the Nikon Indy 300 this morning.

The race win handed Moffat the round win, making it a double celebration for the Carrera Cup rookie.

The wins were his first in the category and they also wrapped up the Michelin Rookie of the Year trophy for the Melbourne speedster and fourth overall in the championship.

It was a remarkable recovery for the 24 year old after he was hospitalised on Friday and placed on a drip suffering severe dehydration after picking up a 24-hour virus.

Luckily for him Carrera Cup wasn’t on-track on Friday and he was able to recover sufficiently to race in the final two races for the year.

Also celebrating today was David Wall (Shannons Insurance), who finished second for the round and third in today’s race.

Wall finished tied on points with Moffat after finishing third in every one of the three races at this event, but because of Moffat’s race win he took the top step on the podium.

Craig Baird (ACER/Leading Solutions) took home the final podium spot, but it was a close affair after he could only manage 13th in this morning’s race.

Aaron Caratti (Parklands on Bertram) finished second in the race today and only three points behind Baird for the round.

Theo Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets) won the Pilatus Challenge, which is a championship-within-a-championship for nonprofessional drivers, ahead of Marc Cini (Hallmarc) and his brother James.

Bryce WashingtonA lap one, race one collision dented a potentially excellent run for ADRAD Racing at this weekend’s fourth round of the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Championship at Oran Park.

Adelaide Driver Bryce Washington was an innocent party in a three car incident that left the #54 ADRAD Radiator Experts Porsche GT3 Cup Car stranded after just a few hundred meters of racing in Saturday’s opening event.

Despite the race one non-finish, Washington managed to bounce back in the second and third races this weekend to score a solid haul of championship points thanks to a pair of top ten finishes.

The close confines of this year’s Carrera Cup Field meant Washington qualified 12th for this weekend’s round, despite being just over a second from the pole position benchmark set by Alex Davison.

The Qualifying performance was a distinct improvement after two torrid practice sessions that saw 22-year-old Washington languishing 18th on the timesheets after battling setup difficulties with the car.

Putting the race one non-finish behind them, the ADRAD racing crew regrouped for the second of three 16-lap encounters and were rewarded by a strong run to tenth place from the rear of the field. Another strong run to eighth in the finale’ gave the ADRAD team a satisfying finish to a tough weekend and serves as proof of the team’s ability to bounce back from misfortune.

“As far as weekends go, it was a tough one but it could have been a lot worse,” A philosophical Washington said following today’s final race.

“The car was nowhere on Friday and the first session on Saturday so we had to go back to basics from the setup book. The car was definitely a lot better after that.

“I don’t think I got the best out of the car in Qualifying although I only had one clear lap. We were up by about half a second on another lap but the Traffic stopped that run, so we knew we had the pace to be a bit higher up the grid.” He said.

Washington spent races two and three in close company with Anthony Tratt, the pair trading paint and racing space for a majority of today’s two races.

“Tratt was very hard to pass,” Bryce said.

“He was doing a lot of blocking in both races today and it was really hard to pass. We were side by side a few times and I had to get on the grass to stop hitting him. It’s hard to overtake here so in the end we couldn’t get by but we were able to get inside the top ten which made the weekend a lot better than it started.”

The ADRAD Racing climb up the Carrera Cup ladder has continued by virtue of their top ten run today, Washington jumping ahead of Peter Fitzgerald to sit 13th on the championship table with 117 points, just 9 behind 12th placed Klark Quinn.

The next round of the WPS Carrera Cup Championship will be held at the Sandown 500 on September 1 – 3, the same weekend as the seventh round of the Australian GT championship in which Washington and ADRAD racing also compete.

An announcement regarding ADRAD racing’s plans for the weekend will be forthcoming prior to the respective events.

Bryce will be back in action next weekend driving his GT Championship Porsche at Phillip Island Circuit in Victoria, the sixth GT round this year – a one-hour endurance event at the challenging Island circuit.

ADRAD Racing and Bryce Washington are proudly supported by the ADRAD Radiator Experts Network, AdAir, Koyo Radiators, Buik Motor works, BCG Cleaning supplies and Abbott Printers and Stationers.

For more information about ADRAD Racing and ADRAD Radiators, please visit www.adrad.com.au. Photo by ADRAD Racing / Klynsmith Pic

Bryce WashingtonAfter a consistent performance in the heat of Hidden Valley last month, ADRAD Racing’s Bryce Washington will aim to continue to climb the point’s ladder in this weekend’s fourth round of the WPS Australian Carrera Cup, at Oran Park.

A strong top-eight performance in Darwin six weeks ago, coupled up by a fantastic rookie LeMans series effort in the Nurburgring 1000km event two weeks later has left 22-year-old Washington optimistic of a similarly strong run at the Narellan, Sydney circuit this weekend.

Washington gained nine championship places thanks to his strong effort in the top end, after a disastrous start to the year at the Clipsal 500 and Wakefield Park rounds of the championship left the Adelaide-based driver on the comeback trail.

A test day at the undulating 2.69km circuit last week gave the team valuable setup information ahead of this weekend’s round behind the wheel of the #54 ADRAD Radiator Experts / AdAir Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car.

<p< “Oran Park is a very difficult circuit to get the car set up for,” said Washington.

“I was talking to a couple of other drivers the about it the other day and we all agreed on the same thing: if the car isn’t sorted then there is no point even turning up to the place.

“There is a lot of dust and sand that gets dragged on to the race track there and it’s quite amazing how much time you can loose if you get out into it, off the racing line.

“We are still working our way back to where we should be – and expect to be – this season but I think that we can have a reasonable weekend in Sydney to keep accumulating points.” he explained.

Washington suggested that whilst a win may not be possible, a competitive top eight placing is more than achievable for the ADRAD Radiator Experts – supported team lead by experienced Porsche preparer Mark Buik.

“If we can race competitively like we did at Hidden Valley, in and amongst the top eight, and score some more solid championship points then I think we will be relatively happy with our performance,” He said.

“Darwin was a good recovery from the start of the year that we had and now we are looking forward to building on that momentum.”

Washington is not inexperienced at the Oran Park circuit, piloting his 996 GT3 Cup Car to a top ten result at the Carrera Cup round held at the circuit almost exactly a year ago. Prior to that strong performances in a Formula Ford confirmed his pace at the demanding circuit.

The ADRAD Porsche sits 14th in the Carrera Cup Championship standings after three rounds.

The usual program of three races will be held over the this weekend’s three-day event at Oran Park.

ADRAD Racing is proudly supported by the ADRAD Radiator Experts Network, AdAir, Koyo Radiators, Buik Motor works, BCG Cleaning supplies and Abbott Printers and Stationers.

For more information about ADRAD Racing and ADRAD Radiators, please visit www.adrad.com.au

Bryce WashingtonADRAD Racing’s Bryce Washington will head to this weekend’s third round of the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia championship looking for revenge.

The 22-year-old Adelaidian won’t be out to take revenge on another driver, however, instead the South Aussie will be aiming to get one back on luck itself.

Washington’s #54 ADRAD Radiator Experts Porsche GT3 Cup Car has been the midst of some entirely unfortunate events this year despite the team showing front-of-field pace in each outing to date this season.

A lap one, race one crash at the Clipsal 500 – where Washington was sandwiched between another car and the unforgiving concrete barriers – was followed by a heartbreaking suspension failure whilst sitting second in the opening race at Wakefield Park’s second round a month ago.

Fortunately for Washington two wins in the competitive Australian GT Championship – a series in which he is the defending champion – have kept both the driver and ADRAD team more than motivated.

This weekend’s third round of the all-Porsche series will be held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, Washington believing that it will be the circuit to finally kick start his now belated championship campaign.

“I think it can be a very strong round for us,” Washington said.

“We tested up there recently and it went very well. I really think this can be the round where we can finally get a good result this season.

“I think I am driving at pretty close to my best. I was really pleased with my performance at Mallala’s GT round and I think that we will be right up there this weekend.

“A top five is the target and a very realistic aim.” He said.

The 997 GT3 Cup Cars that make up the Carrera Cup field could potentially lap Darwin’s 2.88km Hidden Valley circuit quicker than the headlining V8 Supercars, Washington believing that the round will witness a level playing field amongst the contenders this weekend.

“The Carrera Cup Championship hasn’t been to Hidden Valley in two years, so no one will have much of an advantage going into the round,” he explained.

“It is a really good circuit and one that I enjoy. I wouldn’t want to come off and hit anything, but it’s always good to come up here.

“The big challenge for me will be to adapt to the different car as quickly as possible,” he added, following his recent outings in the older-model 996 Cup Car in the GT Championship.

The Carrera Cup-specification Porsche Washington will drive this weekend lacks the Anti-lock brakes of the team’s GT car, however it does add a sequential gear shifter and more power and grip.

“We went very quickly at Wakefield Park, which was one week after the Phillip Island GT championship round, so I can’t see us having too many problems.” Washington added.

Hidden Valley will be the scene of three, 15-lap races that will make up the third round of the WPS Carrera Cup Championship this weekend.

ADRAD Racing is proudly supported by the ADRAD Radiator Experts Network, AdAir, Koyo Radiators, Buik Motor works, BCG Cleaning supplies and Abbott Printers and Stationers.