Father and son combination Andrew and George Miedecke have announced that they will return to Australian GT competition for this weekend’s race at Sydney Motorsport Park with a new Aston Martin Vantage V12.
While Andrew Miedecke has taken part in a few races this year with Jeremy Gray in a GT4 Aston Martin, this weekend’s meeting will be George’s first in the Australian GT Championship since 2016.
The team has been contesting occasional state-level events to keep their eyes in, and continuing the work of Miedecke Motorsport which provides support for Aston Martin Racing clients in Australia.
During this weekend’s penultimate round of the Australian GT Championship season the pair will race with an all new Vantage chassis, one of the last V12 examples to be built by Prodrive in the UK before the new Vantage takes over next year as a customer car.
“Chassis 019 which was campaigned in Asia by Craft Bamboo Racing was the car we had at Bathurst last year, the sister car to the car which won the GT Asia Series title in 2016,” George explained.
“Unfortunately we had an issue with carbon monoxide entering the cabin and the resulting crash saw the chassis take a hit.
“It’s not irreparable, but we took the decision to go down the road of a new car, which is the one we are debuting this weekend.”
George hopes the Sydney Motorsport Park event is a catalyst for more a return to the Australian GT Championship in 2019.
“Ideally we’d like to run a couple of cars in 2019 for a full return to the championship, although despite the introduction of the new twin-turbo 4-litre Vantage, we’ll be running the 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 for the time being,” said George.
“We know the car and know its strengths, it’s a tried and tested package and we’re looking to prove that again this weekend.”
BMW Team SRM confirms Sydney line-up
In addition to the Miedecke news, BMW Team SRM (pictured below at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour) has confirmed its driver line-up for this weekend’s races at Sydney, with Ricky Capo returning to the squad.
Capo, a European LMP3 race winner, returns to the team after racing with it for the first time earlier this year at Sandown with Steve Richards in the factory-backed BMW M6 GT3.
“I am really excited to race the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 again,” said Capo. “I think the Sydney Motorsport Park layout will really work for the car.
“The fact that I now have some experience in the M6 GT3 will be a huge help, although I’ll still be studying in the build-up as a refresh of the car’s controls and settings. There are many things to manage in the cockpit of a modern GT car, so I’ll make sure I’m prepared for every situation.”
Capo will have an important role to play in Sydney, given that Richards heads into the penultimate round of the season in genuine title contention.
Richards is currently 31 points shy of series leader Tony Bates, which means a good result at SMP is crucial.
“‘Richo’ has a strong shot of winning the title this year, so I’ll do all I can to help him and the team get a good result,” added Capo.