We like to bring you some motorsport-related news every Monday, but this week we’ve got something particularly special – Mazda has announced it will be competing at the Nurburgring 24 hour race this summer.
The Japanese firm will campaign a specially modified Mazda MX5 in homage to the iconic two-seater sports car, which celebrates its landmark 25th birthday this year.
The UK JOTA Sport team will prepare and race the car in the twice round the clock classic in Germany on 21 and 22 June.
And there’ll be a crack team of drivers lining up behind the wheel to extract every last drop of performance from the Mazda MX5.
Nurburgring specialist Wolfgang Kaufmann will team up with UK journalist Owen Mildenhall, who has extensive experience racing Mazda MX5s, Teruaki Kato and Le Mans winner and endurance racing expert, Stefan Johansson.
This is a mighty quick line-up with the potential not only to win its class in the superb and reliable Mazda MX5 race car, but to go much further and challenge for position in the above classes.
Holding the Guinness World Record for the best-selling open-top sports car ever, having shifted more than 940,000 units since its introduction in 1989, this is a truly fitting way to mark the Mazda MX5’s 25th birthday.
This legacy will filter down to Mazda MX5 owners, too, as the Japanese firm is sponsoring a number of driving schools and participatory motorsport events in a bid to encourage more customers to enjoy sporty driving in the vehicle.
We’ll bring you all the action and reaction when the race kicks off in late June, so stay tuned for more information on the car and the team, as well as staying up to date with how perpetrations are progressing.
In fact, do more than just stay tuned. Get involved. We want to hear from you if you own a Mazda MX5. Are you doing anything to celebrate its special birthday? Maybe you already enjoy driving your car on the road and track? Why not tell us about your car and any modifications you’ve made?