Mantella Autosport makes big advances in Sebring.

Caledon On. (Feb 22, 2014)  The Powered by Spyder, Gulf, Mantella Autosport race team travelled to Sebring Florida last week for further testing of the number 8 GS Class Aston Martin Vantage.  Incremental improvements were made in both the speed of the car and pit crew performance during the two days of testing.

Navigating the technical 17 turn Sebring circuit

Navigating the technical 17 turn Sebring circuit

“The Sebring test was very productive”, says team director and race engineer Andrew Wojteczko.  “We made great strides with the dampers, fuel consumption, brakes and more and the data gathered will now be used in simulation software to see if further gains can be found. The car ran without fault for the 5.5 hours of track time”.

“I’m very pleased with our progress at the Sebring winter test” said team driver Mark Wilkins, “The team worked diligently through a detailed test plan and gained invaluable knowledge about the Aston on the technical and bumpy Sebring circuit”.

Endurance racing is a team sport and these two days turned into a real test for the pit crew as well.  “The CTSCC is very competitive and wins and losses are often decided during the pit stops” said Wojteczko – “My crew is fantastic and I really challenged them this weekend. They worked through each scenario with great composure.  Day one started with a written test ensuring a complete understanding of the 110 page rule book, followed by on track tests with driver changes, simulated pit box overshoots, short fuel hose, short notice stops for tires/damage, and even wheel gun failures.  Being prepared for these situations is essential to winning championships and will certainly pay dividends during the highly unpredictable race situations that can come up at a moment’s notice.”

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Test Time, understanding the rules is fundamental in the IMSA CTSCC

Team owner and driver Anthony Mantella is thrilled with the way his team is shaping up this early in the season.  “I really can’t say enough about the team!  I’m in total amazement at how well we all work together. People won’t believe we started five short months ago. We’re like family. Things are moving so well. We’ve got great Sponsors and an awesome fan base that’s growing daily”

What Sebring lacks in elevation, it makes up for in the bumps, the roughest track on the 12 race calendar.

What Sebring lacks in elevation, it makes up for in the bumps, the roughest track on the 12 race calendar.

Mantella Autosport is an 8 man, all Canadian, race team based out of Caledon Ontario.  For 2014 they are campaigning an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 factory race car in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.  The televised 12 race schedule will see the team travel to premier race tracks in North America on their mission to win the 2014 Championship.

Anthony Mantella – Team owner and driver.  2014 marks his inaugural season in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.  In 2013 Anthony finished 3rd overall in the Masters Class in the Porsche GT3 Cup Canada Platinum. In 2012 Anthony finished 6th overall in the same class.

Mark Wilkins – 2014 Rolex PC champion, 3rd – 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship, 3rd – 2013 Rolex 24 GT,  1st -2012 Petit Le Mans PC class.  1st – 2010 Sebring 12 hour Winner PC class, 1st -2010 Laguna 6 hour PC class. Mark’s skill behind the wheel coupled with his driver coaching abilities makes him an asset to the Mantella Autosport Team.

For more information on Sponsorship Opportunities and Track Experiences contact Lance Webb at jlancewebb@gmail.com

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