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Mazda Secures Two Podium Places at Petit Le Mans

October 17th, 2018


Borgman Mazda in Grand Rapids Congratulates Mazda Team Joest and Multimatic!

Borgman Mazda will always applaud Mazda’s participation in motorsports. Apart from being a fun pass time for auto enthusiasts and Mazda fans in West Michigan, building race cars also helps keep Mazda on the leading edge of technology. In this light, we were pleased to share that Mazda secured an impressive double-podium finish at this year’s Petit Le Mans in Braselton, GA – earning 2nd and 3rd place.

This article from InsideMazda tells the exciting story about how the pair of Mazda RT24-P prototypes fought their way to the finish line. Check out some highlights from the article below!

Mazda Team Joest Never Stops Challenging En Route to Best Result Of The Season

The pair of Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-P prototypes finished second and third in the grueling Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday night, securing their podium positions right as the checkered flag fell.

After qualifying in second and third, both Mazdas factored into the battle for the Prototype race lead throughout the ten-hour race. However, the two cars took different paths to the podium in the final IMSA race of the season.

As the Prototype teams began to take their final pit stops, the team opted to give up track position to ensure enough both cars had fuel to make it to the finish. In the closing stages, the two went from sixth and seventh to third and fourth positions and then, on the final lap as both cars approached the checkered flag, they passed the second-placed car in the final corner.

“It’s fantastic to get a double podium to close out the season. Certainly, this gives us a lot of positive momentum going into 2019.” says John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “We are not fully satisfied, we wanted the top step and that’s what we came to do, but this represents an incredible effort by the team. This result also reflects a huge effort by Mazda Team Joest and Multimatic to get this race car where it is today, by AER to put together a season of great reliability, and by the Mazda Team Joest crew. Now, we focus on 2019 and the Rolex 24.”

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