Caledon Ontario, (October 5th 2014). The Mantella Autosport, No.8 Powered by Spyder/Gulf lubricants Aston Martin Vantage tops practice and challenges for a podium result.
The forecast called for perfect conditions for the three days leading up to the race however come race day severe conditions and 100%POP were expected. The team used all of the available track time efficiently, fastest in practice 1 and p2 in practice 2. Anthony Mantella improved every session and put down a season best 8th place qualifying, ensuring a great starting position for the race. Come race day the team awoke to dark skies and heavy rain, just as expected.
“Despite intermittent rain and a damp track prior to the start of the race, I kept a close eye on the weather radar and put the car on grid on dry tires” said Andrew Wojteczko. “I was confident Anthony could manage the conditions at the start and kept the dry setup on the car. It all worked out and I was thrilled to see Anthony drive a flawless stint and bring the car in at the first yellow at the 50 minute mark with great track position. Mark took over and did a great job driving the car to the front. We definitely had the pace to hold 2nd place at the end, unfortunately contact with the #6 Stevenson Racing Camaro resulted in a spin with 2 laps to go and ultimately a 12th place finish at the line. Despite missing the podium, the team executed perfectly and certainly showed what we are capable of. Looking forward to 2015 with the new cars, and a chance to see the Road Atlanta broadcast, word is we received some good tv coverage.”
“Our goal was to win the race and end the season on a high note” Said Mark Wilkins. “We were fast all week and knew we had a shot at a great result. Anthony drove his best stint of the season and I couldn’t be happier with his performance. The team executed perfect stops and the strategy and car setup were spot on. Although we did not achieve our intended result, we certainly showed how far the team has come! I’m anxious to get the 2015 season started!”
“What a way to finish the year!” Said Anthony Mantella. “We haven’t caught too many breaks this season but handing the car off to Mark in good shape in seventh place was euphoric. I slipped into the zone and didn’t mis-shift the car once. We’re coming back here! Imsa is our home now, we’ve made some great friends, grown as a team and learned more than people think. We’ve got a new plan for next year, unfortunately it doesn’t include the Aston. One last thing! The crew didn’t make a mistake all year, every stop was fast and precise, Andrew called our race strategy correct time and time again. They deserve a trophy. Bring on Daytona!”
“So that’s a wrap on 2014. I’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone that made this season possible, Anthony Mantella, Mark Wilkins, Chris Ruigrok, Lionel Channing, Andrew Stittle, Tyler Givogue, Lance Webb, Sasha Anis (OnPoint Dyno), Jacob Barkey (Jake Media), and another huge thanks to our team partners Spyder and Gulf lubricants.” Andrew Wojteczko.
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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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