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ANDREW MIEDECKE

RACE CAR DRIVER

“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)

Through a hole in a fence or a break in a hedge, a young Andrew Miedecke 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 in the late ’80s driving the famous Cosworth Sierras, he quickly became known as one of the most promising raw talents on the Australian motor racing scene.

1987 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.

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Battling a lack of funds and an increasingly demanding business, Andrew signed to drive for Mobil One racing in 1990, a deal which unfortunately saw him struggle for the year in uncompetitive machinery and competing 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 racing for Allan Moffat in 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 racing with Mark Larkham and Pack Leader Racing (SBR).

In 2000, Andrew got a taste for American Muscle, driving Nascars for Adelaide’s Bob Middleton and his Whiteline racing team. Two exploratory outings that year led to two consecutive championship wins in 2001 and 2002, a feat Andrew describes as one of the most enjoyable to date.

In 2010, Andrew looks to reunite one of his most successful racing partnerships and will again campaign a car owned by Bob Middleton and his Whiteline Racing outfit, this time in a 1967 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.