Experienced Port Macquarie-based racer Andrew Miedecke is the latest driver to join the rapidly expanding Carrera Cup for this year's inaugural championship, which begins at Phillip Island in Victoria on April 11-13.
The open-wheel and touring car veteran will join the series for its first round having completed the purchase of Tony Quinn's third car. It is the Porsche GT3 Cup car Quinn raced in the non-championship event at Albert Park, with the Queenslander stepping into the car Alex Davison used to win all three races at the Grand Prix.
Miedecke has spent the last two seasons racing for Bob Middleton's Whiteline Transport racing squad in the V8 Stock Car series (Australian NASCAR), and views the move into Carrera Cup as a good decision.
"I've been a fan of this type of racing for some time," said the 49-year-old.
"I really like the concept where all the cars are the same. It's the best way to go. I'm happy with the car as well. It's been re-shelled into all bar a new car (after being crashed by Quinn at Surfer's Paradise last year)."
Miedecke said that just where the car will be prepared has yet to be determined, though he will be running the car in the Nations Cup round at Adelaide this weekend as a warm-up for his focus this year, the Carrera Cup.
"I'll run in Adelaide where my NASCAR mechanic and team are based," Miedecke added.
"Bob Middleton is a really fantastic bloke. He's one of those guys who puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to motorsport. The engineer is a guy who has mainly done speedway, Mark Peacock, but he's very talented as well.
"In NASCAR the last few years I've had some really good equipment but there weren't too many people to race against. I haven't had competitive cars in V8s in my last few drives so I wanted to be in a series where the cars are equal and it's more down to the driver. Carrera Cup is perfect from that point of view."
Miedecke's car will run in white, with Whiteline Transport backing as well as that of Miedecke's Mercedes-Benz dealership in Port Macquarie. He will be joining a former team-mate in the series this year in the shape of Kiwi Andrew Bagnall. The two drove Ford Sierras together in Group A touring car racing in the late 1980s, the duo teaming up to win the Pepsi 300 endurance event at Oran Park in 1989.
Miedecke has driven for some of the top touring car teams in the country. After beginning his touring car career in the mid-1980s, he ran his own Ford Sierra team with current V8 Supercar team owner Ross Stone overseeing preparation, before teaming up with Peter Brock's Mobil 1 Racing operation, firstly in Sierras and then in Commodores.
Stints driving Allan Moffat's Cenovis Falcon and a variety of other touring cars have followed for Miedecke who will be one of the challengers this year to the experienced Porsche racers in the form of Jim Richards and Peter Fitzgerald as well as the young guns such as Tim Leahey and Marcus Marshall.
All drivers will be racing identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars all built in Germany by the Porsche factory. The Carrera Cup is the main support series to the highly-successful V8 Supercar Championship Series, with nine rounds throughout 2003. The same, highly-successful, racing formula is in place around the world, with a German, British and Asian series all in place.