APEX REPLICAS RIP RACERS THE FORD SIERRA BONFIRE
Published 17 July 2018
Andrew Miedecke escaped from this car in one of the biggest accidents in Australian motorsport history …
STORY: DYLAN GULSON
IMAGES: AN1 IMAGES (COVENTRY STUDIOS/DALE RODGERS)
OUR APEX Replicas RIP Racers series of stories returns with a look at a car that had a short run in Group A racing and was destroyed in one of the biggest accidents Australia has seen – Andrew Miedecke’s Kenwood Ford Sierra.
The RS500 Sierra met its demise in a multi-car accident at the Lakeside round of the 1989 Shell Ultra Australian Touring Car Championship in which the car was completely destroyed.
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The accident was triggered by a touch between Miedecke and John Lusty’s Commodore through the fast left-hander at the back of the circuit while the former was chasing Peter Brock’s Mobil Ford.
The resulting contact caused both cars to fire off the road and into the armco barriers with Miedecke’s car bursting into flames before being collected by the following Sierras of Glenn Seton and Murray Carter.
Luckily no one was seriously hurt in the accident as cars continued to fly by the stricken cars while drivers were fleeing the scene.
“It was a racing incident, I can cope with that,” Miedecke told Auto Action at the time.
“But for the rest of the field not to be slowed down… I don’t enjoy playing Russian roulette.”
Privateer racer Kevin Waldock actually owned the Sierra at the time of the accident and had loaned it to Miedecke who was working on the build of a new car.
The destroyed car had previously been raced by Miedecke during the 1988 season and had won the Pukekohe 500 in New Zealand with Brit Steve Soper as co-driver.
The car was rebranded in Kenwood colours for the 1989 season and Miedecke drove it until the Lakeside crash.
He completed a new car in time for the ’89 endurance race season, also in Kenwood colours, and returned to racing, though will always remain lucky to have escaped from this serious accident that burnt the previous Sierra to a crisp.
Keep checking back to the V8 Sleuth website in upcoming weeks for more APEX Replicas RIP Racers stories highlighting race cars from Australian motorsport history that have met their demise.