Tough start for Miedecke Stone Motorsport in GT Asia

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Aston Martin Racing's latest Partner team, Australian based Miedecke Stone Motorsport experienced a tougher than expected entrée into what was the mid way point of the 2016 GT Asia series at Okayama in Japan last weekend.

With a driver line up of George Miedecke and Nathan Morcom there was optimism amongst the team of being able to take the race to the series regulars despite it being their their first time out in the series and on an unfamiliar circuit.

Despite this and a technical issue that would hinder the team throughout the weekend Miedecke was at least able to qualify for Race 1 off the bottom of the table in P11 and then with Morcom in P7 for Race 2 on Sunday.

After an eventful first corner in R1 Miedecke was fortunately able to avoid a spinning Bentley that would have otherwise ended their race on the spot but with the car being without significant race pace that would ultimately mean that they would finish in the position in which they started - P11.

Having swapped driver positions for R2 Morcom was soon able to capitalise on the mistakes of other and had moved up to comfortably hold P6 by the start of the compulsory pit stops and driver change at the half way point of the race. Unfortunately and with just 20minutes remaining a bizarrely called Safety Car would change the outcome of the race for the newbies.

When the race restarted (with just over ten minutes remaining) the V12 Vantage would be repeatedly lynched by the trailing cars as the leaders sprinted off into the distance and the #95 would ultimately finish the hour long race in P11 again. Had it not been for the SC a higher placed finish would have been probable.

Not disheartened he team will now have time to assess their data before they travel to Fuji International, Japan for rounds 7 and 8 in two weeks time.

Photo credits - MSM / GT Asia

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