28.01.2019    Mazda leads Rolex 24 at Daytona before double retirement

Mazda leads Rolex 24 at Daytona before double retirement

While one Mazda RT24-P led and the other ran in the top-three, neither would see the checkered flag of the Rolex 24 at Daytona after demonstrating record-breaking speed during the week.

The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P set a new track record and was driven to a pole position in Thursday afternoon’s qualifying session by Oliver Jarvis. At the start of the race, he leapt out to the lead in the car he shared with Timo Bernhard, Tristan Nunez and Rene Rast.

The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P led throughout the opening six hours of the race, with Jarvis, Nunez, and Rast taking turns leading the race.

Just past the six-hour mark, with Timo at the wheel, the car was forced to retire from the race with a mechanical problem.

"We were competitive, and we were fighting for victory," said Timo. "There is a lot of experience, a lot of good people at Mazda Team Joest, and we had a good performance and a great chance of victory. I’m confident, based on the performance that we showed this weekend, that we’ll be fighting for victory this season."

 

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