Mazda enters Britcar for third time

Two Mazda MX-5s will be taking part in the Britcar race at Silverstone next month.

Mazda, which is entering the 24-hour endurance test for the third time, will battle it out against road rivals such as Volkswagen, BMW, Ford and Honda.

The two Mazda MX-5 2.0i Soft-top Sport Tech cars have been chosen to commemorate the model's 20 years of success. According to the company, 100,000 Mazda MX-5 cars have been sold in the UK alone.

The model is well known for its better grip and economic fuel usage, and will be ready to hit the race track after a few adjustments for safety as per the requirements of the Motor Sport Association.

Mazda's previous entry for the Britcar race was the RX-8 model, which features a rotary-engine.

Four drivers will be seen gearing up for the race. Currently in the line-up are Mark Ticehurst, 39 from Hassocks, West Sussex, who has been an Alfa Romeo and a Vauxhall Vectra SRi V6 Challenge Champion, as well as Owen Mildenhall, who is a racer and a journalist from Auto Express.

Others to join them will be British kart racer Jade Paveley, 17 from Meriden, near Coventry and journalists from EVO, Autocar, Car, thecarmag and the Press Association.

The race will take place during 2-3 October this year.

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