Mazda is to join forces with UK’s JOTA Sport to run the MX-5 endurance-spec at the 24 Hours Nurburgring next month. The Mazda JOTA Sport race team comprises the four drivers, including Stefan Johansson, Wolfgang Kaufmann, Owen Mildenhall and Teruaki Kato. Johansson who knows endurance racing inside out is the most experienced of the lot and has an outstanding track record as a driver for Mazdaspeed at 24-hour Le Mans. Kaufmann, who has an intimate knowledge of the Nurburgring circuit, is an equally consistent endurance racer.
Mildenhall, the journalist, has raced the Mazda MX-5 in a variety of competitions throughout the United Kingdom. While, Kato is a winner of his home country’s Roadster party race; the Japanese is cast in to represent the nation and Mazda’s pride.
The Mazda-JOTA Sport MX-5 is slated to compete in the V3 league that’s categorized as the NC soft-top and 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated, unmodified class.
The iconic Mazda MX-5 symbolizes Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Over 940,000 units have been produced since the start of sales in 1989, and the roadster is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater open-top sports car (over 900,000 units sold). This lightweight sports car now reflects on its most outstanding ‘Jinba-Ittai’ dynamic performance as it gets ready to take on the challenge of competing in one of amateur endurnace racing’s most prominent competitions, the 24 Hours Nurburgring.
Mazda is sponsoring driving schools and participatory motorsport events, in the hope that more and more customers get to enjoy dynamic driving. Through such activities Mazda aims to enrich the lives of its customers, and help to build a special bond between them and the Mazda brand.
Sponsors of the Mazda MX-5 JOTA Sport at 24-hour Nurburgring endurance race include Bridgestone, Idemitsu, and more partners to be announced nearer to the actual event.