Oliver Jarvis moves top of the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Mazda Motorsports
Oliver Jarvis earned a second-place finish in a Mazda Motorsports one-two in the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona Raceway in Florida.
The Burwell-based driver was competing alongside Tristan Nunez in the No 77 car, and the result helped take them to the top of the championship.
It was the first race since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the first race since Multimatic Motorsports took the operational helm of the Mazda Motorsports DPi race programme.
Compatriot Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito, in the No 55, were first in the 2hr 40min race.
The two Mazdas had qualified in second and third respectively, but the start of the race was delayed by 45min because of lightning strikes close to the track.
Jarvis and Bomarito took the start on wet tyres, but after 15 minutes of racing switched to slicks.
And they did not look back, with Tincknell and Bomarito winning from Jarvis and Nunez.
“A few teams went off strategy by starting on slicks so it jumbled the race up a bit but once it went fully dry the Mazda was the car to have and JB put me in a fantastic position to go and win the race,” said Tincknell.
“From my side it was fairly relaxed; if you could ever call an IMSA race ‘relaxed’.
“The car was fantastic, the pits stops were great, so I was the lucky one who had the pleasure of driving a fast car all the way to the flag.”
He added: “All credit goes to the team who have been so busy dealing with the challenges of a global pandemic.
“They have all made sacrifices to get us to this point, staying away from their families, and their efforts shouldn’t be underestimated.
“To take on a race programme like this, with all the current restrictions, then come here and get a 1-2 result is outstanding and makes it all worthwhile.”
Jarvis and Nunez lead the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
The next race is at Sebring International Raceway on July 18.
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