For the primary time because the inception of the Mazda prototype programme again in 2014, the Hiroshima producer has only one automotive entered for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, to be crewed by Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito.
It follows the determination Mazda communicated late final yr to downscale from operating two RT24-Ps for the complete season to only one because it weighs up a attainable future challenge with the LMDh laws that may come-on stream in 2023.
Tincknell, a Mazda full-timer since 2018, advised Motorsport.com that in a two-day non-public check early this month at Sebring he observed some great benefits of having the Multimatic-run crew’s total engineering workers focusing its efforts on a single entry.
“I feel there are positives in addition to negatives,” Tincknell mentioned. “The constructive is that each one the main target is one automotive, and all of the engineering functionality of the crew and all of the evaluation is devoted simply to that automotive. It in all probability boosts that automotive barely.
#55 Mazda Group Joest Mazda DPi: Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell, Ryan Hunter-Reay
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“However the destructive is that if one thing occurs to that automotive, there isn’t one other one to select up the items. Previously there have been occasions the place one Mazda has led, there’s been a problem and one other one has been there to select up the items.
“Now that received’t be the case, so we have to ensure that the #55 automotive isn’t solely fast however dependable and received’t have points. However now we now have twice the engineering capability, and already in testing I’ve seen how a lot of a distinction that makes, having the additional assist.
“It’s motor racing, issues occur on a regular basis, and you may’t dwell on may occur. The choice has been made to run one automotive and now we simply should maximise that one automotive as a lot as we will. I’ve little question we are going to.”
Mazda has began on pole for the earlier two editions of the Rolex 24, however lastly earned its first podium end within the blue riband occasion final yr because the #77 automotive of Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Olivier Pla got here house second behind the successful Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.
Jarvis advised Motorsport.com that shedding a automotive was a “actual disgrace” however stays satisfied that he and new teammate Tincknell have the potential to battle for the title.
“I don’t suppose it adjustments our method in any respect,” mentioned the previous Audi LMP1 driver. “Final yr one of many nice issues was we have been all the time flat out and we raced one another exhausting between the 2 vehicles. It is going to be a distinct environment this yr.
“However with Harry and JB [Bomarito] for the long-distance races, we’ve received a extremely sturdy crew and we’re extra motivated than ever to win races and battle for the title.”
#77 Mazda Group Joest Mazda DPi, DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez
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Mazda’s second-place end in final yr’s Rolex 24 marked the ultimate hurrah for its partnership with Joest Racing, with Multimatic taking up the only operating of the challenge when the season resumed at Daytona in July following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Multimatic have been already closely built-in, so numerous personnel stayed the identical,” identified Jarvis. “It wasn’t an enormous a change as individuals thought, however quite a bit went on behind the scenes to clean that transition.
“We went from ending second within the 24 hours with Joest to having a 1-2 again at Daytona [in July] with Multimatic, so the transition was as seamless because it might have been.
“With Joest we have been continually enhancing and the identical is true for Multimatic. Yearly we get stronger. After I joined we have been barely doing greater than half an hour with our points and we at the moment are ending the 24 hours on the rostrum and preventing for wins in main races.”