Andy Middlehurst

Andy Middlehurst is responsible for the day-to-day running of the successful Middlehurst Nissan dealership which includes the GT-R High Performance Centre. Coming from a family infected with a love for all things petrol it would seem only natural that Andy would follow in his father's tyre tracks.

Andy's motorsport career started in motorbikes, which may account for his calm and collected approach to driving. When asked about his understanding of the mechanical side of motor racing and his faultless feedback on handling characteristics he simply said:

'When I was racing motorbikes my dad would experiment with different fuel mixtures on the 2-stroke bike engine, usually resulting in a seized engine. I was fed up with flying over the handlebars so I learned to listen for the moment when the engine was about to fail and pull in the clutch'


 In 1980, Andy moved to a career in single-seaters. First racing Formula Ford, after becoming Dunlop Star of Tomorrow Champion in 1982 his early racing included Formula Ford 1600 racing against names that would go on to be legendary in F1 such as Ayrton Senna.
 
After hitting budget problems with the next step up the ladder Andy competed in several national rally championships between 1984 & 1986 in the UK and overseas in a Toyota Corolla.
 
In 1987 Andy returned to the circuits in saloon car racing and in 1988 and 1989 he took a total of 14 wins to claim the Monroe Saloon Championship in a Volkswagen Golf.  He was 1990 British Saloon Car Champion, which led to a drive in the prestigious British Touring Car Championship. His first full BTCC season came in 1991 for Graham Goode Racing in a Ford Sierra Cosworth. An impressive season saw him finish ninth in championship, including one podium in the final round at Silverstone.



In 1992 , Andy was a works factory Nissan driver in the BTCC, alongside Kieth Odor in the Nissan Primera eGT. Andy showed flashes of brilliance, but the team was hampered by a tyre issues throughout the season rendering them uncompetitive on most occasions. Despite this Andy was still able to show his talent securing some strong finishes throughout the year.

In 1993 he started competing in the National Saloon Championship. He won four back to back titles from 1995,  1995 & 1996 saw Andy campaign the R32 Skyline GT-R that we can trace the real beginnings of Middlehurst Motorsport back to.  The 1996 & 1997 championships were delivered in the new Group N+ class onboard a Rouse Sport built Nissan Primera. He returned to the BTCC in 2000 for just two rounds at Oulton Park with a Nissan Primera in the newly introduced Class B with RJN Motorsport.

Having taken a break from regular motorsport competition Andy concentrated on the business and his son's own motorsport career, Andy now regularly competes in historic Formula 1 racing. Mostly regularly driving for Classic Team Lotus driving Jim Clark's famous Lotus 25 where, despite his first time driving at the circuit of Monaco in 2010, Andy qualified the Lotus 25 on the front row and took a podium finish in 2nd place. 

In 2012 Andy returned to Monaco in the 25 to claim a lights to flag victory.  He also added wins at Goodwoord, Silverstone and Spa.