The auction following the winding up of Speedsource, previously the operator of the Mazda DPi (and prior to that LMP2 and GX) programmes was completed just before the Chritmas break. Amongst the lots put under the hammer were a pair of the Lola LMP2 chassis (with no engine), one of which went for $120,000 USD.
The ex Grand Am Mazda6 GX cars went under the hammer too, three cars fetching $25,000 – $44,500 apiece with the 2 litre diesel engines fetching $1,000 – $5,500.
As trailed by DSC when we wrote that the company was taking on responsibility for the Norma Auto Concepts business, Duqueine Engineering have now confirmed that they will be entering the LMP2 class for the 2018 European Le Mans Series as an entirely separate entity from the racecar manufacturing arm of the wider company. The effort will see an ORECA 07 obtained and a race programme concentrating on the ELMS only in the first season, no Le Mans 24 Hours entry will be sought.
Ex Mazda factory driver Joel Miller has rocked up as the first confirmed driver for Brian Alder’s BAR1 effort with the ex Keating Motorsport Multimatic Mk30.
Miller did not make the cut for the newly rechristened Mazda team Joest effort with a pair of reworked, Multimatic chassied RT-24P DPis but has had his pathway into the Gibson-engined LMP2 effort smoothed by the intervention of Mazda Motorsports’ John Doonan.