Oliver Jarvis hails ‘very special win’ for Mazda Motorsports at Sahleen’s Six Hours of The Glen
Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell claimed success for Mazda Motorsports in the Sahleen’s Six Hours of The Glen last Sunday.
It proved to be a memorable return to the scene of the #55 Mazda RT24-P car’s first IMSA WeatherTeach win two years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the manufacturer’s victory at Le Mans.
Burwell-based Jarvis and British team-mate Tincknell were joined by Jonathan Bomarito for the Multimatic-run squad’s fifth round of the season at Watkins Glen.
It was a close run thing though as Tincknell, who was at the wheel at the end of the race, ran out of fuel on the cool-down lap, and had to wait for a ride to the victory lane to greet his co-drivers.
They had used a short-fill strategy in the pits during a pit stop caution with 50 minutes left of the six-hour race in order to take the lead.
Tincknell crossed the finish line just 0.9565 seconds ahead of rival Olivier Pla, with the engineers having calculated the fuelling down to the last drop.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win here, not least because it’s one of my favourite tracks,” said Jarvis.
“We’re in the championship hunt and we’ve said all along that we need to take consistent podiums but we also want the wins.
“To do it in this fashion where we didn’t have the quickest car – we made some big changes as we went through the sessions and found the direction for the race and that really shows the strength of this team.
“We had to work harder this weekend than we ever have before to get a chance of the win.
“To get it the team had to execute perfectly and the drivers couldn’t afford any mistakes. This is a very special win. It’s my first in the number 55 and a nice point in the championship to take a win like this.”