Miedecke Aston Martin triumphs in SMP 101
The father and son pairing of Andrew and George Miedecke took out the second round of the Australian Endurance Championship despite incurring a post-race penalty.
The Aston Martin duo were in contention for the victory throughout the 101 lap enduro at Sydney Motorsport Park which ran without the introduction of a Safety Car.
Starting from third, George Miedecke chased the pole-sitting Walkinshaw Racing Porsche piloted by sportscar ace John Martin up until the first of two compulsory pit stops.
Aided by a shorter stop time, Andrew Miedecke rejoined the race comfortably ahead of the Porsche with co-driver Duvashen Padayachee at the wheel.
However, victory hopes were hanging in the balance after Miedecke was issued with a five second post-race penalty for exceeding track limits.
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This coincided with an impressive hard charging stint from Carrera Cup driver Padayachee as he scythed his way through the field to second.
Although, the second pit stops extended the gap between the pair which allowed George Miedecke to guide the car to the chequered flag.
Martin tried his best to cut the deficit in the final stint but fell 17 seconds shy at the finish.
A strong final stint from Nathan Antunes saw the GT Motorsport Audi R8 GT3, he shared with Greg Taylor, claim the final spot on the podium.
The pair maintained a place inside the top 10 throughout before Antunes stepped in for the final stages of the race.
The run to the flag saw Antunes overtake the #6 Skwirk Audi R8 which had threatened for a podium after a stunning middle stint from Liam Talbot.
The Amateur class winner of the Spa 24 Hours hauled the car from outside the top 10 to the lead before making his final stop to hand the car back to co-driver Jake Fouracre.
Fouracre’s race ended in disappointment as contact with John Bowe, who was trying to unlap himself, triggered a puncture on the final lap that saw him limp home in 10th position.
The championship leading Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S of Nathan Morcom and Grant Denyer ran faultlessly to fourth.
After struggling in the early laps, Warren Luff brought the Tony Walls owned Objective Racing McLaren to the finish in fifth, in front of the Dominic Storey/Peter Hackett Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes.
An eventful race for the Darrell Lea McLaren 650S ultimately ended in a seventh place finish for Klark Quinn and Daniel Gaunt.
Quinn held the lead after running to lap 50 before the first stop which provided the first moment of drama.
Quinn lost valuable time as he almost ran out of fuel prior to his stop that was delayed by a fuel rig leak in the pits.
The McLaren then caught fire in the pits during the second stop that saw co-driver Gaunt lose even more time before rejoining the race.
Meanwhile, the #1 Jamec Pem Racing Audi of Miguel Molina and Tony Bates claimed eighth after recovering from contact with Steven Richards (BMW M6) in the early laps.
The Tony Quinn/Hayden Cooper Aston Martin finished ninth while Craig Baird dragged the Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes home in 11th despite suffering a suspected upright failure.
Max Twigg piloted the Steven Richards Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 to the flag in 16th, while the new Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan was 20th.
It proved to be a disastrous race for the Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 GT3 of Marcus Marshall and Theo Koundouris as a driveshaft failure on the warm-up lap prevented them from taking the start.
The duo had qualified on the front row alongside the Martin/Padayachee Porsche.
The JBS Lamborghini of David Russell and Roger Lago retired after their race had been hampered by an early puncture.
Peter and Alex Rullo were the only other retirements in the LDM run Lamborghini.
The Australian Endurance Championship moves to New Zealand for the Hampton Downs 101 from October 28-30.
Result: Australian Endurance Championship Sydney Motorsport Park 101
|1||Miedecke Motor Group||G.Miedecke/A.Miedecke||Aston Martin Vantage||101||02:37:42.8726|
|2||Walkinshaw GT3||J.Martin/D.Padayachee||Porsche 911 GT3-R||101||02:37:54.8906|
|3||GT Motorsport||G.Taylor/N.Antunes||Audi R8 LMS||101||02:38:32.6671|
|4||McLaren Melbourne||G.Denyer/N.Morcom||McLaren 650S GT3||101||02:38:59.2402|
|5||Objective Racing||T.Walls/W.Luff||McLaren 650S GT3||101||02:39:03.1100|
|6||Eggleston Motorsport||P.Hackett/D.Storey||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||100||02:37:43.9159|
|7||Darrell Lea||K.Quinn/D.Gaunt||McLaren 650S GT3||100||02:37:53.6330|
|8||JAMEC PEM Racing||M.Molina/T.Bates||Audi R8 LMS||100||02:37:55.7838|
|9||Darrell Lea||T.Quinn/H.Cooper||Aston Martin Vantage||100||02:38:01.4758|
|10||Skwirk Online Education||L.Talbot/J.Fouracre||Audi R8 Ultra||100||02:38:09.5508|
|11||Scott Taylor Motorsport||S.Taylor/C.Baird||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||100||02:38:40.5450|
|12||Fastway Couriers||S.Ellinghham/T.Miles||Audi R8 Ultra||100||02:38:56.3287|
|13||AMAC Motorsport||A.Macpherson/B.Shiels||Porsche 997 GT3-R||100||02:39:06.3967|
|14||Maranello Motorsport||P.Edwards/J.Bowe||Ferrari 488 GT3||99||02:37:41.5278|
|15||Hogs Breath Cafe / Griffith Co||M.Griffith/M.Solomon||Mercedes Benz AMG SLs||99||02:37:51.4566|
|16||SR Motorsport||S.Richards/M.Twigg||BMW M6 GT3||99||02:37:59.8136|
|17||Bondi Wholefoods||A.Samadi/T.D’Alberto||Audi R8 LMS||99||02:38:26.7022|
|18||JAMEC PEM Racing||S.McLaughlan/D.Koutsoumidis||Audi R8 LMS||98||02:37:59.3908|
|19||Maranello Motorsport||A.Deitz/C.McConville||Ferrari 458 GT3||98||02:38:03.7319|
|20||Pirelli/Trofeo Motorsport||J.Manolios/R.Millier||Lamborghini Huracan||96||02:38:04.0212|
|21||Interlloy M Motorsport||J.McMillan/G.Wood||Lamborghini R-EX||96||02:38:40.4331|
|DNF||JBS Australia||R.Lago/D.Russell||Lamborghini R-EX||81||02:12:02.7318|
|DNF||Performance West Motorsport||A.Rullo/P.Rullo||Lamborghini Gallardo||35||01:13:23.7630|
|DNF||Supabarn Supermarkets||Marcus Marshall||Audi R8 LMS|