Caledon Ontario, (August 9th 2014). The Mantella Autosport, No.8 Powered by Spyder/Gulf lubricants Aston Martin Vantage overcomes challenges to achieve a strong result.
2014 has been a challenging season so far. Following an engine issue at Mosport, the team attempted to install the spare only to find a cracked cylinder head, a result of not fully draining the cooling system prior to air freighting from the UK to Canada. As luck would have it, with two engines in need of repair to make the quickly approaching Brickyard race, Prodrive was in the middle of relocating their engine service shop. This resulted in missing the Indy race and almost missing Road America, almost.
With help from TRG’s Debra Buckler and the amazing freight services of First-Air and Shuttle Freight, the team took delivery of a refreshed engine late Saturday August 2nd. Sunday was spent reassembling the car, Monday morning with OnPoint on the dyno then off to the local track TMP to ensure everything was performing to spec. A successful test Monday afternoon allowed Andrew Stittle to Frappe’ la rue, and make it in time for move in at Road America.
The promoter test day was put to good use, allowing Anthony Mantella to apply what he learned in his Chump Car debut race at Road America earlier in the year where he earned a hard fought 3rd place finish. It was clear time spent working on chassis and setup improvements paid dividends when team mate Mark Wilkins found himself P1 in the first official practice, well done Mark!
Anthony found some traffic in qualifying but managed a respectable P13 in the highly competitive CTSCC GS field.
Mantella started the race on row 7 and showed good pace early in the 2.5 hour race. “Just before our first pit stop, the right side safety net released unexpectedly.” Said Anthony. A temporary repair was done on the net during the pit stop to get Mark Wilkins out and stay on the lead lap. Unfortunately race officials refused the repair forcing another stop to reassemble the net, forcing the team to go down a lap. With a never give up attitude, Mark Wilkins posted 3rd fastest lap of the race and started the charge up the leader board. A full course yellow allowed the team to take advantage of the “Lap Down Wave By” procedure and got Mark back on the lead lap in P18 at the restart with 30 minutes to go.
“The last 30 minutes at Road America were intense.” Said Anthony Mantella “Mark drove from 18th to 11th. It was a great drive for Mark. I only wish we could have got him better track position for that run, I am sure the results would have been great”
The Mantella Autosport team continues to build on the lessons learned at each stop of the 2014 CTSCC season. Road America reaffirmed the Mantella Autosport program has the pace needed to run at the front and great results are within reach. 3 events to go and time to show what we can do.
Next Stop: VIR – Virginia International Raceway. See the race Live on IMSA.com Saturday August 23rd at 2:00PM
Team members Andrew Wojteczko and Andrew Stittle completed the Tour De Road America, a 2 hour bicycle race around the famed Road America circuit in support of the Austin Hatcher foundation. 9 laps completed and over 2600 calories burned.
To keep up to date on the travels of the Mantella Autosport Race Team check out our Facebook and Instagram and Mantellaautosport.com where we will post updates all season long.
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 Sportscar 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 – Driver. Winner of the 2014 Rolex 24 Hrs of Daytona, PC class, 3rd – 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship, 3rd – 2013 GT Rolex 24, 1st -2012 Petit Le Mans in the 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 car set up and driver coaching abilities makes him an incredible asset to the Mantella Autosport Team.
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