Former Australian GT team Miedecke Motorsport have joined the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series as it announces a record grid for the final round of the season at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, October 26-28.
Former V8 Utes and Super2 racer George Miedecke will spearhead the team’s TA2 campaign as the lead driver, and will debut this weekend in the #95 Dodge Challenger supported by the Miedecke Motor Group’s Ram Trucks franchise in Port Macquarie.
After selling off their GT cars and equipment to parties in Australia and Europe, the team will also field a Ford Mustang that is currently in transit from the United States for an as-yet-unnamed driver for the 2019 season.
Miedecke joins an 18-car grid for the season finale made up of nine Ford Mustangs, six Chevrolet Camaros and three Dodge Challengers. This weekend the series also welcomes the debut of former F4, Toyota 86 and Audi TT Cup racer Drew Ridge, two-time Australian Saloon Car champion Simon Tabinor, and former Sports Sedan racer Tim Tritton all in Ford Mustangs.
A long-time successful touring car and open wheel racer, team owner Andrew Miedecke saw the growing TA2 Muscle Car Series as the next step for the team after departing GT racing.
“I’ve been convinced these cars were a great concept for a while,” said Andrew.
“Given the departure of the GT cars we were always going to be looking for something. The more we looked at TA2, the more we liked the whole situation – the cars, the calendar, the way it’s being run, and given the planned expansion of the calendar next year, we are certain it’s the next big thing.”
Having also sampled late model stock cars in the United States and the New Zealand V8 SuperTourers Championship in his career, George is looking forward to his first drive in the TA2 Muscle Cars this weekend.
“We’ve got a great feeling about the whole category. It’s very smartly run and the cars are loud, fast and loose.
“I am absolutely chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel on Friday for practice!”
Ashley Jarvis maintains a 16-point lead at the top of the standings in the Lighthouse Electrical Chevrolet Camaro from Russell Wright’s RoadBees Transport Ford Mustang and the McAlister Motors/Performax Mustang of Hugh McAlister a further 19 points behind in third.
Ian McAlister and Cameron Sendall round out the top five, and still remain within mathematical contention for the championship which uses a dropped-round system based on the worst scoring rounds of each competitor.
The final round of the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series will feature at the penultimate event of the Australian Motor Racing Series, with Sunday’s action live streamed courtesy of Blend Line TV on the official event social media channels and live timing available at Natsoft Race Results.
2018 Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series – Round 7, Sydney Motorsport Park (NSW)
#3 – Don Dimitriadis (NSW), Ford Mustang - Thunder Road Racing Team Australia
#3 – Drew Ridge (NSW), Ford Mustang - ikon Signs
#4 – Mark Crutcher (NSW), Dodge Challenger - Crutcher Developments
#5 – Ian McAlister (NSW), Ford Mustang - McAlister Motors/Performax
#6 – Hugh McAlister (NSW), Ford Mustang - McAlister Motors/Performax
#7 – Michael Kulig (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Kulig Engineering
#10 – Peter Robinson (QLD), Dodge Challenger - PBR Distributions/BStyled For Life
#14 – Cameron Sendall (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - PBR Distributions/BStyled For Life
#15 – David Falvey (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Thunder Road Racing Team Australia
#20 – Darren Berry (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Tooth Booth Dental Lounge
#22 – Ashley Jarvis (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Lighthouse Electrical
#28 – Tim Tritton (QLD), Ford Mustang - World of Maths
#45 – Simon Tabinor (VIC), Ford Mustang - South Eastern Euro
#55 – Russell Wright (QLD), Ford Mustang - RoadBees Transport
#69 – Anthony Tenkate (QLD), Ford Mustang - Tenkate Plant Hire
#74 – Murray Kent (QLD), Chevrolet Camaro - Underground Civil Supplies
#88 – Aaron Seton (QLD), Ford Mustang - Castrol Harris Racing
#95 – George Miedecke (NSW), Dodge Challenger - Ram Trucks Port Macquarie