#95 Miedecke

Andrew Miedecke Profile

#95 Miedecke

We at whiteline Racing wish Andrew all the best as he steps aside from his full time driving duities in TCM. Lots of good times and great memories over the years.

 

For our press release please click on the link below.

http://whitelineracing.com.au/2016/03/thanks-for-the-memories-andrew/

 

Driver – Andrew Miedecke

Fascinated with Motor racing, Andrew wagged school to work in the timing box at Longford Tasmania’s iconic motor racing circuit, he got his motor racing fix any way he could in the early years – and it was to be a sign of the ambition and tenacity with which he would attack the track for many years to come. Rising to fame in Australia from the 70’s driving a variety of single seat racing cars, then the famous Cosworth Sierras, he became known as one of the most promising talents on the Australian motor racing scene.

Andrew had been building his base of experience up to this point in open-wheel racing cars, starting in Formula Ford in 1974 where he finished 2nd in the Australian championship in his very first year. He then joined the prestigious Grace Bros team and won multiple Formula 2 (F2) races in 1975 and 1976. He was highly competitive in his first taste of international competition in the Peter Stuyvesant championship in the summer of 1977 followed by a promising but underfunded and difficult season of F3 in the UK, Andrew finished the year on a high note, with a strong third at the prestigious Grand Prix of Macau which is considered by many to be the most coveted title outside of Formula 1. Victories in the Malaysian Grand Prix and throughout Australia and Asia followed for the rest of the 70’s, until an accident in 1979 at the New Zealand Grand Prix saw Andrew sustain injuries that prompted him to take couple of years off to start his Motor dealership in Port Macquarie NSW. Starting again in 1981 with a brand new Ralt RT4 he immediately qualified on pole and won exactly half of the 16 races in the National Panasonic championship, continuing to be a leading competitor in single seat racing in Australia till the end of 1984. In 1985 Andrew began a transition into sports cars, impressing in the legendary Porsche 956 and 962 sports racing cars, including 4th in the Malaysian round of the 1995 world endurance championship driving  a John Fitzpatrick Porsche 956.

TCM Car 951987 however saw Andrew’s aforementioned rise to success in Group A touring cars with the iconic OXO Racing team. Andrew will forever be remembered as the only Australian who could compete with the controversial and immensely well funded Eggenberger Texaco Sierras, dicing with good friend and fierce rival Steve Soper for much of that year’s Bathurst 1000. In 1988 he split with OXO, gaining sponsorship from Yokohama, Kenwood and Ford, bringing the Stone bros over from NZ to run his small team. Always competitive but underfunded at the end of 1989  he decided to fold the team and accept a lucrative  two year contract for 1990 and 1991 from his friend Alan Gow, then manager of the Mobil racing team. A deal which,  after qualifying and racing brilliantly in the first few races the departure of Gow to start the BTCC saw him issued with uncompetitive machinery for the rest of the year. Contracted, but with Brock returning to Holden and subsequently an affiliation with Larry Perkins in 1991 Andrew competed only in the endurance races for 1991 and 1992. 1993 through to 1995 saw Andrew continue to battle at Bathurst in uncompetitive machinery, this time driving for Allan Moffat and his Cenovis racing team. His triumph in the 1994 Targa Tasmania in a Porsche 944 Turbo Cup was a small consolation! Andrew would continue in the V8 Supercar Championship as an Endurance specialist until 2001 and never finished outside the top 10, the highlight being a 3rd in 1997 racing with Mark Larkham in the Mitre 10 Racing Falcon run by Stone Bros Racing.

In 2000 Andrew got a taste for American Muscle, driving NASCAR for Adelaide’s Bob and Sharon Middleton and their Whiteline racing team. Two exploratory outings that year led to two consecutive championship wins in 2001 and 2002, years Andrew describes as one of the most enjoyable to date. 2003 saw him competing in Carrera Cup but his wife Julie’s illness meant that his heart really wasn’t in it and he made the decision to retire from motor racing at the end of that year.

In 2006 Andrew was asked to become driver standards adviser for the Australian V8 Ute championship. Stepping in to a category in which many thought the drivers were out of control he was able to use his experience, diplomacy and force of will to help transform the class into the competitive stepping stone it is today. He stepped down from this role at the end of 2008 as his son George’s increasing competitiveness in the category took more of his time.

TCM-95 Personal Sponsor

Andrew continued his passion for Targa Tasmania, coming out of retirement to win his class in the 2006 and 2007 events before being offered the factory drive for Daytona Sports Cars. Andrew drove the Daytona to competitive times in 2008 before retiring and in 2009 was consistently in the top 3 before tyre problems relegated him to a 7th place finish. Occasional drives in the Australian Manufacturers Championship in a Mitsubishi Evolution IX RS resulted in a 100% record of Pole Positions and some race wins.

In 2010, Andrew, a successful business man in Port Macquarie oversees his son Georges growing career motor racing in the US but also now looks to reunite one of his most successful racing partnerships and will again campaign a car owned by Bob and Sharon Middleton and their Whiteline Racing team, this time in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in the Biante Touring Car Masters. Going up against his old sparring partners Jim Richards and John Bowe will be a challenge, as will current and two time champion Gavin Bullas – but if Andrew’s credentials are anything to go by, you’d be brave to bet against him.

Andrew would like to thank Lubri Maxx for there Personal Sponsorship.

I have worked with Andrew for some years now, when the conditions are tough he is the one who gets the job done, in the middle of a long race he is fully committed, every lap, yet he is easy on the car and gives us exceptional feedback. He was responsible for pulling us up the order in 1997, and getting us onto  the rostrum. He is always at the top  of my list when I need someone who can get the job done and to look after the car, Ross Stone, Team Principal, Stone Brothers Racing (SBR)

Specification Data

Driver: Andrew Miedecke
Make: Chevrolet
Model: 1969 SS Camaro
Engine: 350 small block chev, Dry sumped, Single four barrel carburetor
Power: 565 h.p @ 7100 rpm
Gearbox: 4 x speed Jerrico nascar box
Diff: Full floater Ford 9” & spool
Brakes: 12”disc 4 piston calipers front and rear
Wheels: 15” x 8” compomotive M.L.
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