13.10.2019    Mazda Team Joest just misses victory at Petit Le Mans

After leading race in closing stages, No. 77 Mazda RT24-P finishes sixth in ten-hour classic at Road Atlanta

The second half of the 22nd Motul Petit Le Mans saw the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, driven by Timo Bernhard, Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez emerge as the dominant car in the Daytona Prototype international field.

After starting the race in fifth position, the Mazda became a threat for the race victory in the middle stages of the race. Nunez briefly held the race lead early in the fourth hour, but in the next stint Bernhard firmly put the Mazda into the race lead. Successive stints by all three drivers saw the Mazda continue to lead the race, with pace and fuel in hand over their rivals.

Jarvis held the lead until the final caution of the race which fell with forty minutes remaining. After the restart, the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P was slowed with a mechanical failure, forcing Jarvis to lose the lead and ultimately finish the race in sixth position.

"A really tough result today," said Timo. "This is a hard race and we started the day thinking we would have a very tough time trying to get a result, but the car just got better and better and the crew gave us great stops and great strategy all day. It was really a pleasure to drive the car today and to be a part of Mazda Team Joest in 2019."

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell retired from the race in the fifth hour after a mechanical failure.

The final season tally for Mazda Team Joest is three victories, eight total podium finishes, three pole positions and track records (Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course). The Mazda RT24-P also earned the distinction of leading laps in every race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

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