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Mazda has participated in IMSA’s top prototype class since 2014 and announced the current RT24-P Challenger in 2017, but it was reduced to one in the 2021 season.

The current DPi regulations used at the top of the series have been replaced by the LMDh category jointly developed by IMSA and the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship, with Audi and Porsche already pledged support.

None of the current three DPi makers (Acura, Cadillac and Mazda) have officially committed to LMDh, but Acura has signed a deal with its new customer team Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing last year. It shows the intention to do so.

Jarvis may launch an LMDh program from Mazda’s North American motorsport boss Nelson Kosgrove, which may include an attempt to add to the only Le Mans victory on the iconic 787B in 1991. He says he wants to know “sooner or later” whether or not.

“It’s a shame to go back to one car, but that’s a sign of what’s happening all over the world,” Jarvis told Motorsport.com. “Everyone had to make a reduction.

“I want it to be temporary and I want to see Mazda return to the two cars, but more importantly, I’m committed to something new. [LMDh] Rules. This will be discussed with Nelson in the coming months.

“It would be great if the announcements from Audi and Porsche, and even the announcements in the pipeline, could help us understand Mazda’s intentions sooner rather than later.”

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Jarvis said he hopes to start five times in a row as Audi’s Works LMP1 driver in 2012-16 and return to the fight for an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Since then, the 37-year-old has participated twice in Lasart in the LMP2 category, completely won the race at Jackie Chan DC Racing in 2017, and once in the GTE class Ferrari in Rishicompezione in 2019. did. ..

“I was very fortunate to be able to participate in the” Golden Age “of LMP1. At the time, I didn’t think it was that short-lived, “Jarvis said. “They say that motorsport goes on cyclically, but to be honest, I’m surprised at how fast motorsport rebounds.

“You already have three hypercars [Toyota, Peugeot and Glickenhaus], And that [Audi and Porsche] LMDh announcement, and I think there are many more. I think I was able to see eight manufacturers in Le Mans in 2023. I want to go again. “

Harry Tinknell, the new full-time teammate for Jarvis’ 2021 campaign, said he was “very excited” that Mazda was preparing to turn his own LMDh project into a green light.

Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, Bertrand Gachot, Mazda 787B

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“That’s good news in that we can go back to Le Mans and fight for victory in an overall affordable way,” Tinknell said. “Mazda won the championship in 1991. They want to come back someday. You would say it represents a great opportunity.

“I’m still personally waiting to hear all the plans, but this is [reducing to one car] Is part of the preparation for 2023. As sports car racing grows again in the top class, we hope that Mazda will become a part of it and be at the forefront. “

Tincknell said the decline in current DPi-class entries (down from eight in 2020), which had only six full-time cars in 2021, requires manufacturers to focus resources on future LMDh projects. He added that it was hardly a surprise considering that.

He states: “We’re only in 2021, so there’s always a calm time, because what’s coming is so competitive, why are you investing heavily in what’s on the way? Do you? I see the reason behind it. “

# 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi: Rengar Van der Zande, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen, # 55 Mazda Motorsport Mazda DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Jona Sambomarito, Harry Tinknel

# 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi: Rengar Van der Zande, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen, # 55 Mazda Motorsport Mazda DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Jona Sambomarito, Harry Tinknel

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