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November 2, 2008 · Print This Article

A Winning Combination: F1 winner Johnny Herbert drives the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Since 1991, legendary Formula One driver Johnny Herbert has had a deep affinity with Mazda. He won the Le Mans 24 Hours in a Mazda 787B. And now he’s back behind the wheel to put the stunning Mazda RX-8 R3 through its paces.

From Britain’s junior karting champion to Formula One winner - Johnny Herbert has always been a rising star in the racing world. In 1987 alone he won five Formula Three races and claimed the championship at his first attempt.

But a shunt at a Formula 3000 race at Brands Hatch led to disaster, when Johnny collided with the barriers and broke both legs. Despite the severity of his injuries, he made his Formula One debut just a few months later - finishing fourth in the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix.

After a few years out to make a full recovery, Johnny was invited to drive for Mazda in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours. His win at this legendary endurance race marked an important first for Mazda. Four years later, he celebrated another impressive victory at the British Grand Prix when, after a virtually error-free drive, he finished in first place.

Since retiring from Grand Prix racing, Johnny has concentrated on sports car events. He recently won the first season of the 2008 Speedcar Series.

Mazda RX-8 R3: A true sports car

The Le Mans win was the result of years of research and development by Mazda - and this is immediately noticeable once you’re behind the wheel of the Mazda RX-8 R3.

Just like the victorious Mazda 787B, the Mazda RX-8 R3 is powered by an award-winning rotary engine, which takes you from 0 to 62mph in an electrifying 6.4 seconds. Power and performance - the true indicators of Mazda sports car pedigree - are abundant in the Mazda RX-8 R3. And don’t forget those outstanding driving dynamics and the breathtaking halding capability.

Article from mazda.co.uk

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