Disappointment is defined as “being the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest.” “Not sure I could sum up the Watkins Glen weekend any better than that.” Said Team manager and engineer Andrew Wojteczko.
The weekend consisted of two 45 minute practice sessions followed by a 15 minute qualifying and the 2.5 hour race. The two practice sessions would not prove to be adequate track time to get the most from the challenging Watkins Glen circuit and resulted in a disappointing 18th place qualifying position. It was clear team owner/driver Anthony Mantella expected more.
Finishing driver Mark Wilkins felt confident going into the race “The team made changes to help increase confidence in the car, improving stability and allowing me to be more aggressive at turn in.” But it wasn’t to be, contact between a Nissan 370Z and Mustang Boss 302R at the start resulted in the Nissan shooting across the track and collecting the #8 Mantella Autosport Aston Martin Vantage, Anthony had nowhere to go.
Now, a short turn around before the Mosport race Saturday July 12th and the team is working diligently to make sure the car is prepared to perfection.