MX-5 production car wins first podium of season

The MX-5 production car driven to a podium finish by Mike Wilds at a wet Thruxton.

MAZDA’S MX-5 production race car finished third in class in round four of the Britcar Dunlop Production GTN Championship 2011 at Thruxton Circuit.
Despite qualifying a lowly fifth in class, the Mazda Financial Services and Motul backed Mazda MX-5 production car finished third in class in wet conditions.
On race day, despite adverse weather conditions causing poor visibility and heavy traffic on track, the Mazda MX-5 production race car beat Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus, Seat Leon Cupra and Honda Jazz to win its first podium of the season.
Ex Formula One driver Mike Wilds started the race and handed over to freelance motoring journalist, Jesse Crosse at the half way point. The MX-5 proved highly competitive in the conditions– thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution, handling and performance.
Also entered by Mazda was the MX-5 GT race car – driven by Mark Ticehurst, Mazda works driver and Owen Mildenhall, racing driver and motoring journalist – and despite poor track conditions, the MX-5 GT led its class for the first half of the race, climbing to fifth overall chasing two Ferraris before an electrical fault saw the car recovered to the pits.
The electrical fault was traced to water in the MX-5 GT race car’s cockpit, and Owen Mildenhall rejoined the race 15 laps adrift of the class lead. After almost an hour and 10 minutes into the two hour race, the conditions were considered bad enough for the race to finish early and the GT race car finished fifth in class.
“Despite adverse weather and Thruxton circuit lending itself to the faster cars on track, we had a great result on Sunday, which is testament to the drivers and the handling and reliability for which the MX-5 is renowned,” said Graeme Fudge, PR director, Mazda UK.
The next race is at Spa Francorchamps on 26th June 2011.