A dominating efficiency for the quantity 55 Mazda RT24-P went unrewarded as Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell completed in fourth place on Sunday afternoon on the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Beginning the race from the fourth place, Bomarito superior two positions to second place earlier than pitting to show the automobile over to Tincknell on the first cease. After the spherical of pit stops was accomplished, Tinckell had moved to the lead of the race which he continued to develop all through the race till the closing levels. Whereas lapping one other automobile, contact pressured him right into a spin and he fell to sixth place.
Recovering and mounting a robust restoration drive, Tincknell superior two positions and challenged the third-placed automobile within the closing laps of the race earlier than taking the checkered flag in fourth place.
The quantity 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P began by Oliver Jarvis ran in fourth place through the opening stint of the race however was slowed by a clutch hydraulic drawback when Tristan Nunez took the automobile over in its first pit cease. The automobile completed the race in ninth place.
The ultimate spherical of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will likely be Petit Le Mans on October 11-13 at street Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports
“This was a troublesome outcome for us, after how dominant the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P was and the way arduous the staff had labored to provide Jonathan and Harry a automobile that they may win with. The weekend began on a troublesome observe for the 2 of them, however they repeatedly improved the automobile to the purpose that they had been the quickest automobile within the morning warmup. And whereas I do know it was very powerful for Harry to be taken out of the lead, he placed on a sensational drive afterwards to knock on the rostrum within the last laps – displaying what the Mazda Challenger Spirit is all about.”
No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
“It positively appears like we had been robbed of this win, which might have been an important reward for all the work that everybody has put into this system to get us so far. The Mazda RT24-P was actually good at the moment, which was apparent by the truth that I used to be capable of run comfortably in second place and that Harry was capable of construct such an enormous lead. A automobile in entrance of us was spraying oil, which made it very arduous to see, however fortunately, I do know this place very well and the automobile gave me a number of assured to belief it. We’ll take the positives from this and are available again simply as sturdy at Petit Le Mans.”
“I really feel completely gutted that we had the victory so near us and it slipped away that means that it did. The fellows did an incredible job to not solely give us an important Mazda RT24-P after we began off the weekend on the again foot, however to provide us a technique that put us into the lead. Jonathan had an important first stint to drive to get the automobile as much as second place, and the staff delivered a quick pit cease that bought us into the lead. I’m assured the primary win for Mazda Workforce Joest is simply across the nook.”
No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P
“Sadly for us, our race bumped into hassle earlier than I might even flip a lap after we had a difficulty leaving pit lane. Olly had the automobile in a extremely sturdy fourth place, so issues had been trying fairly good for us however after we misplaced all that point within the pits we couldn’t actually get well. We’ll shake it off for Petit Le Mans – the staff confirmed once more at the moment that it’s a staff able to profitable.”
“As soon as the race was lastly capable of get going and we bought right into a rhythm, it was nice to have the 2 Mazda RT24-Ps battling within the top-four. I’m unsure we had a automobile that might have additionally battled for the victory, however we positively would have had a great outcome if not for the difficulty at our pit cease. I’m assured Mazda Workforce Joest will likely be able to win at Petit Le Mans.”