Commemorating the model’s 25th anniversary, Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it is partnering with the UK’s JOTA Sport to enter a Mazda MX-5 in the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring on 21/ 22 June 2014.
Mazda has commissioned JOTA Sport to prepare the vehicle and manage the race team. The team of four drivers includes Stefan Johansson, who knows endurance racing inside out and has an outstanding track record as a driver for Mazdaspeed at Le Mans; Wolfgang Kaufmann, who has an intimate knowledge of the Nurburgring circuit; Owen Mildenhall, a journalist who has raced the Mazda MX-5 in a variety of competitions throughout England and who also has plenty of Nurburgring experience; and Teruaki Kato, winner of Japan’s Roadster Party Race.
Over 940,000 of the iconic Mazda MX-5 have been produced since the start of sales in 1989, and the model is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater open-top sports car.
The race car has already made its debut at the ‘Ring, winning its (V3) class in one of the required VLN prep races. The team will be running on Bridgestone tyres.
It’s been quite a couple of days for Jota!