Like Father Like Son
Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series Driver Standards Advisor (DSA) Andrew Miedecke has recently relinquished his role with the category to take on a more proactive role with his son George Miedecke for both mentoring and providing technical race team support.
“While I really enjoyed my job as DSA, once I got to the race meeting I hardly saw George and there have been some major things to happen through the season so far that probably wouldn’t have happened if I had been there to keep an eye on him” said Touring Car and Open Wheeler Legend Andrew Miedecke.
“Initially I set up the drive in V8 Utes and left George to manage it all by himself, I think it was a great learning experience but now that he has shown talent and passion I think it’s time for me to step in and support his growth” explained proud father Andrew.
Miedecke was a well known Touring Car and Open Wheeler Driver in the 70’s and 80’s. He qualified his Ford Sierra on the front row of the Bathurst 1000, leading the event for a number of hours.
His best Bathurst result was a 3rd in 1997. Miedecke was also a highly rated Open Wheeler driver winning the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1979 before a major accident in New Zealand broke both his legs. He also finished first in the 1990 Nissan Mobil Series in New Zealand, 2nd in the 1974 Australian Formula Ford Championship and 3rd in the 1982 and 1983 Australian Drivers Championship.
“I’ll do my best through the contacts I have in the sport and by being at the race meet to make sure he makes the most of every opportunity that comes along.”
“All I can really hope is for him to reach his potential and go as far as he can go, George has already shown he’s got the ability and the motivation, so I look forward to where he can go from here and helping him every step of the way.”
Young gun George Miedecke began his motorsport career in go karts at the age of 11, however stopped at 13 and didn’t touch a race car again until he was 20 years of age. The Sydneysider reignited his racing passion in production cars where he won the class championship in only his first year. In 2007 he dove straight into the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series narrowly missing out on the Rookie of the Year title.
Following minor mistakes and mechanical errors in the first few rounds of the Series this year George is currently sitting at 9th overall.
“I’ve been in the top 5 at every round so far this year and am really happy with our quick improvement” explained George “the thing that’s been lacking is a bit of direction from a team point of you and that’s where dad resigning is really going to help me. I know how to give the answers I just need someone who knows how to ask the right questions.”
“Eastern Creek and Barbagallo should have been top 3 finishes but were destroyed by component failures, with the wheel literally falling off in Perth. Add a touch of reliability to what we’re doing today and the results will reflect the speed we’ve got.”
The next round of the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing Series takes place at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin from July 4-6.