Mazda once again added another podium to their competition exploits at Brands Hatch last weekend, finishing third in class in the British GT Championship and reinforcing its illustrious motorsport history in the process.
The two-hour endurance race around the Kent circuit is a test of reliability, fuel efficiency and out right performance – three facets at which the Mazda MX-5 GT4 run by race specialist Jota Sport excels.
The team started the weekend well, posting the second fastest time in free practice, but dropped to fifth in qualifying, with the top five places separated by just 1.1 seconds.
The driver line-up of Mark Ticehurst and Owen Mildenhall battled back valiantly during the race to achieve a podium position in third spot, however. At one point the Mazda was even leading the class and in second overall before Ticehurst was forced to pit, relinquishing his hold on the field.
Mildenhall brought the Mazda MX-5 home for a third in class demonstrating the Mazda MX-5’s ability to compete against much more powerful and developed race cars. The team recorded an excellent result fighting against supercars from Ferrari, Porsche and Ginetta.
PR Director Mazda Motors UK, Graeme Fudge:
“British GT4 has been dominated by Ginetta for a number of years now, but now there is another highly competitive option. The team has worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks and that hard work paid off here at Brands.
“To see the diminutive Mazda MX-5 GT in amongst the much larger Ferraris, Porsches and Mercedes was quite a sight, particularly when we were running second overall.”
“We have some more work to do on the car before the next race at Snetterton on the 5th August and the Mazda MX-5 GT will be running up the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next weekend, but we are confident that we can get another good result at the Norfolk circuit.”