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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.

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.

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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 WashingtonSouth Australian driver Bryce Washington has today confirmed that he will make his international Sportscar racing debut when he tackles the 1000km of the Nurburgring in two weeks time.

The 22-year-old ADRAD Racing driver, currently a leading competitor in both the Wright Patton Shakespeare Australian Carrera Cup Championship and the Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship, will tackle the historic event behind the wheel of a Porsche GT3 RSR with JWA Racing.

The race will mark the first international foray for the Adelaide driver as he investigates potential career avenues for the future.

The Nurburgring 1000km event has been held since 1953, when it was contested over 44 laps of the famous 22.8km Nordschleife circuit. In 1984 it moved to the current Grand Prix circuit before being shortened, then eventually discontinued in the late 1980s.

The race was resurrected in 2000 and now serves as one of five rounds of the LeMans Series in Europe, Australian David Brabham winning the event that year driving with Jan Magnussen in a Panoz LMP 1.

The James Watt Automotive outfit is a well credentialed Porsche team and has some Australian history, with both Dane Allan Simonsen – a man with plenty of Aussie Racing experience – and Jack Elsgood having driven for them in the past.

JWA Racing will run a Porsche GT3 RSR in the GT2 Class against a field that includes cars from Porsche, Ferrari, TVR, Spyker and Panoz.

Adelaide – based Washington is the defending Australian GT Champion, and has proved himself to be a leading competitor in the Carrera Cup one-make series despite a run of bad luck in the first two rounds this year that has proved to be a setback to his championship campaign.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity that I have been given, and I intend to make the most of it,” Washington said today.

“I am really looking forward to it. To be able to compete in the premier Sportscar series in Europe and at the Nurburgring circuit is an awesome opportunity. There is so much history at the circuit and in this event and to be a part of that will be great.

“It will be also really good to check out the European scene and look at some options for next season.

“I’ve done plenty of laps of the Nurburgring on the Play Station and it’s always been one of my best circuits,” he joked.

”Whether that helps or not, I don’t know, but I can’t wait to get over there and race.” He said.

The 1000km of the Nurburgring will be held on July 15 – 16 and is the third round of the 2006 LeMans Series.

This weekend sees Washington taking part in the third round of the 2006 WPS Carrera Cup Australia Championship with ADRAD Racing, the South Aussie placing a solid 11th in the first race despite getting ‘hung out to dry’ on the opening corner at Hidden Valley in Darwin.

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.

Bryce Washington and Greg Crick have staged an almighty battle for outright honors in this weekend’s fifth round of the 2006 Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship at Mallala Raceway.

The pair – the two top contenders in the championship battle since the opening round – traded race wins, fastest laps and even a side-by-side finish in a ferociously competitive round at the 2.6km South Australian circuit today, Washington scoring his second round victory of the season after taking two of the three races.

Washington convincingly won this morning’s opening 20-lap encounter, before a late race flourish from Crick in the second saw the pair go side by side to the line in a thrilling finish. The final margin was .0161s after Crick was forced to avoid a lapped car as the two crossed the line.

A fifth place finish on rapidly diminishing rubber in the third race was enough to give the local driver overall honors by just four points.

“I had the guys on the radio during the final race saying ‘don’t loose any more positions’!” Washington said.

“The Tyres were gone and I was also having dramas selecting gears which is why a couple of cars were able to pass me coming onto the start finish straight. I dropped to sixth but when Koundouris got a black flag I got back into fifth place and that was enough.

“It’s been a really good weekend and it’s nice to take home the first place trophy.” He said.

Championship leader Crick had a competitive day, biding his time early in each of today’s races before an all out attack on Washington. The Viper then jumped to the lead off the start in the third race, eventually winning by three seconds and doing enough to secure second overall.

“If I had been on the money Friday I think we would have had a better chance today,” Crick said.

“I was really happy with the car, it was very good. We’ve finally found a rear tyre that can last the entire race which meant we were able to challenge strongly all day today.

“We made some changes to the suspension between each race and it kept getting better and better. It’s been a good weekend and we haven’t lost too many points in the series.” He said.

Third overall was David Wall, who took his Porsche RSR to second, fifth and fourth-place results in the three races, respectively.

An off in the final race after a coming together with James Koundouris saw the young New South Wales based driver charge back through the field to narrowly miss the race podium.

“We made some changes overnight because the car wasn’t as fast as we would’ve liked in qualifying,” he explained.

Theo Koundouris lead home the Canberra-based duo this weekend, Brother James in the wars in the second race after being served with a drive through penalty thanks to a ‘driving incident’ that saw him come into contact with Washington, and then Wall in the northern hairpin.

Ferrari driver David Stevens survived a 225kph spin in the second race to finish fifth overall, once again proving the potential of the still-wingless Ferrari F430 Challenge.

Stevens’ off came at the high speed kink at Mallala today, the car spinning at high speed before the Brennan IT Driver was able to recover to an eventual sixth for the race.

“I was pulling out to pass a lapped car and because the car still doesn’t have the aero it got loose and around I went,” said Stevens.

“The car is very quick – If I can keep it on the island for an entire race I think it will be even better!” he smiled.

Stevens had some reward for his weekend’s efforts – second in the final race and a new Mallala Lap record for the category, the new benchmark of 1m09.7070 set in the opening race.

Local driver Graeme Cook (Container Solutions Porsche GT3 Cup Car) used his home circuit knowledge to his full advantage this weekend to score 7th overall today, beating Sven Burchartz (M+K / Sonic Porsche GT3 Cup Car) by a solitary point. Shaun Juniper and Max Twigg completed the round top ten.

Greg Crick continues to lead the Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship following today’s fifth round, leading Washington 431 – 382 points as the series heads to its next scheduled round at Phillip Island in late August.

For more information head to www.gtchampionship.com.au

Bryce WashingtonSouth Australia’s Bryce Washington has taken pole position for tomorrow’s fifth round of the 2006 Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship following a stunning performance in today’s qualifying session at Mallala Raceway.

The 22-year-old defending series champion surprised even himself to set a benchmark time of 1m09.1454 late in the 20-minute session to snatch his second pole of the season and narrow the lead to Championship leader Greg Crick by a valuable three points.

“To be honest I really don’t know where the time came from, we’ve never been under a 1m09.9 here before this weekend,” Washington said.

“The key today was finding space on the track to put in a good lap. What was really great was that I was able to set the quick times immediately following a slow lap – that really helped.

“The car was fantastic and I think we have a good chance to peg back Greg in the championship standings if we get a good result tomorrow.”

A similarly strong performance today came from fellow Porsche GT3 Cup Car driver James Koundouris, who logged a 1m09.6340 to be well within striking distance of the leader for tomorrow’s opening 20-lap race.

Koundouris echoed Washington’s comments regarding traffic.

“I just couldn’t get a clear lap,” he explained.

“I thought that a 9-6 would have been about the benchmark so for Bryce to do what he did was awesome. As a driver you are never happy with second place but today was good. My hot lap had a couple of mistakes in it so there is certainly room for improvement.”

Porsche driver David Wall and point’s leader Greg Crick will complete the top four on tomorrow’s grid, Wall’s result coming despite holding first place for some time in the session.

Crick battled with a circuit not friendly towards his heavy Viper today, the experienced Tasmanian philosophical about his performances.

“Race day is another day. I like getting pole position but you can’t always have it,” he said.

“The problem we are having is slowing the car and putting the power down out of the corners. This circuit doesn’t have any of the nice flowing stuff that the car likes which certainly isn’t helping us.

“It’s great that it’s so competitive – I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it tomorrow in the races for a bit of competition.”

Ferrari driver David Stevens and Theo Koundouris made up the third row of the grid, whilst Max Twigg and Graeme Cook posted similarly strong performances to score 7th and 8th respectively. Matthew Turnbull and Ross Lilley rounded out the top ten.

Urban Arrangements supported driver Peter Lucas continued his development of his Lotus Elise GT3 today, the supercharged Honda-powered British Sportscar taking significant chunks of time out of his previous best laps to be closer to the front – at least in lap times if not overall position – than ever before.

“I said to the guy’s earlier that we improved by five seconds but we were still second last,” Lucas smiled this afternoon.

“We are trying to get the lotus’ key traits – power down and handling balance – back into it as they seem to be missing at the moment. It’s got plenty of power and as a result there is plenty of wheelspin but its good fun to drive.”

Tomorrows fifth round of the Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship will be contested over three, 20-lap races at Mallala tomorrow, as part of the CAMS Nationals meeting this weekend.

For more information head to www.gtchampionship.com.au

Bryce WashingtonSouth Australia’s Bryce Washington lead’s the way at Mallala raceway following opening practice for this weekend’s fifth round of the 2006 Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship.

Washington, driving his ADRAD Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Car, set a best time of 1m10.59 in the second session today to top a strong field including cars from Porsche, Ferrari, Dodge and Lotus.

After a tough round at Phillip Island recently, Washington conducted an engine change on his Porsche between events and heads into his hometown event looking to make up over 50 points on current championship leader Greg Crick, who was 7th today.

“We’ll take that for this stage in the weekend,” Washington said this afternoon.

“The car is good. I’ve done a few laps around here in the past so it will be good to race here in this car. Cricky didn’t do too many laps but I think we will be strong here.”

Second overall was the Dare Coffee Shots Porsche GT3 Cup Car of James Koundouris, the Canberra-based driver making it a Porsche 1-2 at the top of the charts today after posting a time just three tenths behind Washington.

James’ brother Theo survived an early morning spin to post the sixth fastest time today, both looking strong in their bid to break through for an elusive first round win this weekend.

Ferrari F430 driver David Stevens underlined the strength of his new car by posting third-fastest time today, the New South Welshman just one 10th behind James Koundouris with a 1m10.80 second time.

“The car was really good,” enthused Stevens.

“It’s got a heap of straight line speed and it’s great under brakes. This is a really good circuit and I think it suits the car.”

Victorian Max Twigg continued his impressive rise towards the top of Australian GT Racing by posting the fourth quickest lap of the day, his best time of 1m11.03s well within striking distance of the leaders.

“Absolutely no complaints whatsoever,” said Twigg.

“We have a new gearbox and some other new parts in the car since Phillip Island and it’s just about perfect to drive. This is about the strongest we’ve been in relation to the other cars. I just need to make sure I get the most out of qualifying tomorrow which will be a key factor towards us having a good weekend.”

David Wall (5th), Crick (7th), John Teulan (8th) and local driver Graeme Cook completed the top runners today, less than two seconds covering the top ten in this early stage of the weekend.

Two further practice sessions and a 20-minute qualifying session will be held tomorrow, before three 20-lap races Sunday to conclude the final sprint race event of the year.

The Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship is proudly supported by Speed Energy Drink, Drivetravel.com, Stand 21 Race wear and Michelin Tyres.

For more information head to www.gtchampionship.com.au