Mazda MX-5 GT Secures Podium Finish at Donington
The Mazda Financial Services and Motul backed MX-5 GT finished the qualifying session, which was held one day before, on the eighth position. Owen Mildenhall and Mark Ticerdust managed to push the car to its limit, finishing the race in third place (in the vehicle's class).
"On race day, competition rivals Seat Leon, Ginetta G50 and Lotus Elise were no match for the handling, agility and performance of the 850kg Mazda MX-5 GT.Owen Mildenhall started the race and by the mid race handover he had climbed through the field to fifth in class. Mark Ticehurst continued to push for places, finishing the race third in class," stated the press release.
There was another MX-5 in the race, which competed in the standard production class. Driven by Mike Wilds, ex F1 contender and Mark Hales, freelance journalist, the vehicle took fourth place in its class.
“Fine tuning the transmission software and adding a new traction control system before the race at Donington improved the drivability of the car, as well as handling. With further developments in the pipeline we will see more improvements in performance for the Thruxton race in June,” commented Graeme Fudge, PR director, Mazda UK.
The following race of the season is scheduled to take place at Thruxton Circuit, on 12 June 2011.