Pirelli World Challenge GTS, KTM XBow GT4 #8, #80, #88

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Mantella Autosport is thrilled to announce racing driver Anthony Mantella will be competing in a Reiter Engineering KTM XBow SP2 (unlimited version) race car in the 24H Dubai race January 12-14th.

Perhaps the most exciting news centers around the driver lineup. Anthony Mantella will join forces with 2016 Pirelli World Challenge KTM XBow competitors Brett Sandberg (2016 PWC GTS champion) and Dore Chaponick Jr., vying for success as teammates at the 24H Dubai. The three drivers had a season full of close battles with each other, sometimes too close ultimately resulting in contact and damage. But that’s in the past now and all three will have to work together to achieve success in Dubai.  A 4th driver remains to be announced and interested parties should contact Mantella Autosport for more information.

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Anthony Mantella leads Brett Sandberg on route to victory at Utah Motorsport Campus in 2016. The former competitors will race together vying for success at the Dubai 24H

About the Series: The 24H SERIES powered by Hankook is an FIA-approved international series of 12- and 24-hour endurance race events at fascinating circuits all over the world, aimed at amateurs and gentlemen drivers, semi-professionals and professional drivers. A wide variety of ‘tin top’ touring cars, GTs and 24H-Specials (e.g. silhouette cars) are eligible to race, from ‘hot hatchbacks’ up to proper GT3 machinery and purpose-built race cars. An established structure of classes and liberal technical regulations allow teams to compete without having to change their cars for the 24H SERIES, thus helping them to save costs.

The Dubai 24 Hour circuit

The 5.39KM 16 turn Dubai 24 Hour circuit

About the track: The 5.39km track at the Dubai Autodrome is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, as it has a combination of high-speedstraights and technical corners. The venue is part of the Union Properties Motorcity development in the greater Dubailand area. The circuit, which contains six different configurations, is designed to allow three circuits to operate simultaneously, safely and independently from each other. The result presents circuit users with unparalleled options.

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Mantella Autosport is pleased to offer the opportunity to race a KTM XBow GT4 in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship.

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Why #racewithmantella?

There are many reasons:
1. Proven race winners in the PWC. Both Anthony Mantella and Martin Barkey claimed wins and multiple podium finishes in the 2016 championship driving the KTM XBow GT4 with Mantella Autosport

Martin has had the opportunity to dial in his champagne game this season, with three podiums, finding the top step at the final event of the season

Martin has had the opportunity to dial in his champagne game this season, with three podiums, finding the top step at the final event of the season

  1. Professional preparation. By rigorously following the maintenance schedules put forward by Reiter Engineering, Mantella Autosport’s licensed technicians operate reliable vehicles, necessary to pursue a championship.
Joe Ferguson always makes sure the XBow he oversees is prepared to perfection.

Joe Ferguson always makes sure the XBow he oversees is prepared to perfection.

  1. Positive team environment. Mantella Autosport is a place of respect, a place of friendship, where encouragement and support can be found within all aspects of team life.
It's a team effort, from driving to wrenching, engineering to spotting, respect and comradery, these are all elements that make success possible

It’s a team effort, from driving to wrenching, engineering to spotting, respect and comradery, these are all elements that make success possible

  1. In depth engineering and coaching. Team lead Andrew Wojteczko provides in depth data analysis, race winning setups, and driver coaching to help get the most from each session on track.
Debriefing with Martin Barkey before hitting the data room

Debriefing with Martin Barkey before hitting the data room

Finding speed through data analysis and driver coaching

Finding speed through data analysis and driver coaching

  1. Professional presentation. Mantella Autosport prepares a premium paddock experience, with hospitality area and pristinely detailed equipment on show at all times.
Under the tent with Mantella Autosport at Lime Rock Park

Under the tent with Mantella Autosport at Lime Rock Park

  1. Fun. Last but not certainly least. Mantella Autosport takes racing very seriously while maintaining an upbeat environment.
Keeping the fun in racing

Keeping the fun in racing

Interested parties should contact andrew@mantellaautosport.com for details on operating budget and vehicle rental or ownership opportunities. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check out our awesome event videos on Youtube or on the Mantellaautosport.com website. Please be advised deadline to register with Mantella Autosport for the 2017 PWC season is January 2nd, 2017. Don’t miss out!

Toronto, Ontario . (December 14th, 2015) – Mantella Autosport is proud to be the official Canadian importer and distributor for the newly developed KTM XBow GT4. The GT4 derivative of the road going XBow available in Europe is manufactured by Reiter Engineering and homologated to compete in the GT4 category, which in North America includes the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. This is where Mantella Autosport will operate a 3 car effort, vying for the 2016 Drivers and Manufacturers Championship. 2016 also marks the return of MBRP Inc.’s Martin Barkey with Mantella Autosport Inc.

Testing the Reiter Engineering XBow GT4 in Belgium

Testing the Reiter Engineering XBow GT4 in Belgium

The highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge GTS class will be present at 9 prestigious race events spread over North America and can be seen live on CBS Sports or streamed on world-challengetv.com. Events typically consist of two 50 minute sprint races, with an exciting standing start format. The team is also looking to compete in the 6 hour endurance race at the opening round at COTA and is considering entering the Sprint X races consisting of two drivers sharing the car in a 1 hour race.

The car features a full carbon tub, inboard bellcrank suspension, paddle shift, motorsport ABS among many other exciting features.

The car features a full carbon tub, inboard bellcrank suspension, paddle shift, motorsport ABS, and 2.0T Audi power among many other exciting features. Anthony Mantella is fitted for the first time.

2016 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule  
March 3-6 Circuit of the Americas
March 11-13 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
April 22-24 Barber Motorsport Park
May 19-22 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
May 27-28 Lime Rock Park
June 23-26 Road America
July 29-30 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
September 16-18 Sonoma Raceway
October Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 The team driver lineup consists of Anthony Mantella in the #8 car and Martin Barkey/MBRP Inc. in the #80 car. The team currently has an open seat available in the #88 car for funded drivers. Interested parties can contact team manager Andrew Wojteczko andrew@mantellaautosport.com for further information.

Team owner Anthony Mantella had this to say “I’m excited to bring Mantella Autosport Inc. to the Pirelli World Challenge and back to my roots in sprint format racing. I’m confident with the experience we have gained in professional endurance racing that we can achieve great results. I’m equally excited about the newly formed relationship with Reiter Engineering/KTM and am looking forward to promoting the Xbow GT4 and supporting all Canadian interest in the product, it truly is an amazing machine.

Rolling out for some wet weather testing. Results were positive. Despite being a closed cockpit, fogging was not an issue.

Rolling out for some wet weather testing. Results were positive. Despite being a closed cockpit, fogging was not an issue.

Team driver Martin Barkey, MBRP Inc. commented “It’s the “silly season” for most race car drivers, for me it’s hurry up and wait as I’m fully prepared for the 2016 race season. Big changes are coming as I enter a new race series, order a new race car and turn to sprint racing rather than the endurance race format I have been accustomed to for the last two years. I’m thrilled to be once again driving with Mantella Autosport, the professionals here make this team one of the best in the business. I have no doubt partnering with MA once again will generate great opportunities and great rewards. The KTM X Bow GT4 is my car of choice this year, the engineering is amazing. After several test opportunities, it’s clear it does everything well. It will be an adjustment coming from the GT platforms that I’m accustomed to and I’m excited to get racing.

It's one great looking car, lightweight, easy on brakes and tires. Well suited to sprint and endurance racing.

It’s one great looking car, lightweight, easy on brakes and tires. Well suited to sprint and endurance racing.

Be sure to follow along on facebook, Instagram, and the team website for all the latest details on an exciting 2016 program.

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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Spyder designed graphics, installed by Autograph Trim.

Mantella Autosport is thrilled about our partnership with Powered by Spyder.

Powered by Spyder has equipped Mantella Autosport with top quality apparel, and stunning graphics on both the Aston Martin Vantage and Featherlite 53′ race transporter. Auto Graph trim did an awesome job laying down the artwork.

There is no question, Mantella Autosport looks fantastic!

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Spyder designed graphics installed by Autograph Trim

sporting the Spyder crew shirt, soft shell and team winter jacket. It was a cold one at the Daytona 24

sporting the Spyder crew shirt, soft shell and team winter jacket. It was a cold one at the Daytona 24