Miedecke primed for GT Asia assault
After revealing last month that they’d purchased the two race winning Aston Martin Vantage GT3s of Craft Bamboo Racing, experienced Australian motorsport campaigner Andrew Miedecke has now released further details about his plan to join the popular GT Asia Series, with every likelihood that the 2015 title winning Aston may return “home”.
Whilst unveiling his 2016 program, Miedecke also revealed the name of the crew that would pilot the team’s first car – which has already left it’s Queensland base in Australia – as well as details of a new arrangement with Aston Martin Racing in the UK to become a partner in the Asian region for the successful British marque.
My intention with developing this project is to run it very professionally, so it was important from my perspective to establish solid links with the manufacturer – Miedecke explained – I saw them after I’d bought the ex-Tony Quinn Vantage in Australia, to ensure that if I took on the two Craft Bamboo cars, I’d have the support to back that investment up. As a result of those discussions, and our relationship with Matt Stone Racing, we’ve established Miedecke Stone Motorsport as an official partner team of Aston Martin Racing in the Asian region. That will see us involved in provision of parts, cars and technology from Aston Martin Racing in the Asian and Australian markets, which ultimately leads into our next announcement.
Miedecke made his intentions known very early after purchasing the two Craft-Bamboo cars that his focus was a return to Asia, and that has resulted in the signing of the team’s first crew to join the GT Asia Series from the third event in early July in Japan.
I’m proud to reveal that we’ve reached an agreement with Nathan Morcom to drive alongside George [Miedecke] for the third round of the 2016 GT Asia Series season – Andrew Miedecke confirmed – We had been talking to Nathan for a little while, and did the deal around the Phillip Island event which he ultimately dominated in a McLaren, so he showed that he is more than up to the task ahead. He also has some serious international miles under his belt in open-wheelers, so I don’t think he’ll be too daunted by the travel or the big international circuits that GT Asia compete on.
George too has been desperate to get over to Asia and get a feel for what I went through 25 years ago, and I am very keen to make amends for a lost opportunity at Fuji in 1991 where we were leading a 500-kilometre touring car race against the best teams in the world, and suffered a mechanical failure, so it’s a bit like a home-coming for me – the former Macau Grand Prix regular admitted.
And as for a second car in GT Asia… – We’re well advanced with discussions with Asian drivers, in fact so much so that one of the potential candidates flew down to Queensland Raceway to test with the team last week and he was very impressed. We’re just in the negotiation stages now, but we’re also happy to talk other drivers for GT Asia or Australian GT. We have the resources, and we have the people we need to make this project a success, so we’re happy to talk to people with a similar goal in mind.
With three race winning Aston’s in the stable, the newly formed Miedecke Stone Motorsport operation are well placed to make a big impact in GT Asia, and with two of Australia’s brightest young stars campaigning their first entry, you can be sure the Series regulars will be made well aware of this emerging new force from Australia.
The opening event for the new operation will take place at Japan’s Okayama International Circuit on the first weekend in July, with the iconic Fuji Speedway playing host to the fourth event of the 2016 season just two weeks later.