MX5 to Compete at Nurbergring


To commemorate the model’s 25th anniversary, Mazda has announced that it will partner with the UK’s JOTA Sport Company to enter a Mazda MX5 in the 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race taking place in Germany on June 21 and 22, 2014.

JOTA Sport will prepare the vehicle and manage the race team, consisting of four drivers including Stefan Johansson, who knows endurance racing inside out and has an outstanding track record as a driver for Mazdaspeed at 24 Hours of Le Mans; Wolfgang Kaufmann, who has an intimate knowledge of the Nürburgring circuit; Owen Mildenhall, a journalist who has raced the Mazda MX5 in a variety of competitions throughout England; and Teruaki Kato, winner of Japan’s Roadster Party Race.

The iconic MX5 symbolises Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. This lightweight sports car will now make the most of its outstanding Jinba-Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) dynamic performance to take on the challenge of competing in one of amateur racing’s most prominent competitions, the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Mazda is sponsoring driving schools and participatory motorsport events, in the hope that more and more customers will be able to enjoy sporty 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.

Race name: ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race (24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race)
Team name: Mazda Motor Sports Team JOTA
Vehicle: Mazda MX5
(V3 Category: NC soft-top based, 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated, unmodified class)
Drivers: Stefan Johansson (Sweden)
Wolfgang Kaufmann (Germany)
Owen Mildenhall (UK)
Teruaki Kato (Japan)
Sponsors: Bridgestone Corporation, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

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