A bitter pill for RSR at Highlands 101

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Entering the final round of the 2015 Australian GT Series at the Highlands Motorsport Park circuit in New Zealand this weekend the Ross STone Racing prepared Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 featured a Father/Son driver pairing for the triple header. Joining regular Andrew Miedecke in the white and green #95 car would be his 6' 6" tall son and V8 Ute Series driver George.

Arriving at the rather 'fresh' circuit the team soon set about their works in preparation for the the two one hour sprint races on the Saturday qualifying in sixth for the first race (finishing position would determine the starting grid for the second race).

Unfortunately George Miedecke decided to retire the car early in Race 1 due to an ongoing power steering issue hoping that all would be repaired ready for Race 2. Despite reported sterling works from the crew it seems that a $0.50AUS O-Ring seal would hide itself just long enough to prevent the team from even starting Race 2.

All was not lost though for the weekend as on the Sunday was the Highlands 101 Enduro race (a one hour plus one lap race) for cars from the Australian GT Series and others.

Lady Luck would still not shine on the RSR car as despite qualifying towards the front of the grid and George 'winning' the race's own format of the old Le Mans 24 drivers running to their cars format for Andrew to lead the opening lap of the race. Contact after the pit stops with George back at the wheel would break the Vantage's steering with the car ending up in the barrier.

Thankfully, with just a little bruising and dented pride all would be reported will with Miedecke Jnr but that would be the end of the team's return to the AGT series for the year. 

Hopefully we will see all return to the series in 2016.

Photo credits - Miedecke / Australian GT
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