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Double Drama Hits Mazda Effort

Fuel leak puts #55 in garage, #77 retires after exhaust fire

The Mazda attack at the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours was dealt a double hammer blow deep into the seventh hour as, within moments, both RT24-P DPis were in trouble.

The #55, in the hands of Olivier Pla was first to hit a major issue, the car coasting to a halt, restarting but going behind the wall with a reported fuel leak.

As the car made it back to the garage however the #77 car was pictured at the Bus Stop cut through, Timo Bernhard out of the car and attempting to do what he could to put out a significant exhaust fire on the left side of the car.

“The car suddenly stopped working,” said Bernhard after the #77 came back to the garage.

Polesetter Oliver Jarvis reacted with: “I’m listening on the team radio. At the moment we are just trying to get the car back. Absolutely devastated. Pace was good. That’s come out of nowhere! No warning signs.”

The news came soon afterwards that the #77 is a retirement, engine failure.

(TV screen grab via Peter Leung Twitter feed @BaronVonClutch)