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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.

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undoubtedly, Road Atlanta

“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.”

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“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!”

Popular on the fan walk.

Popular on the fan walk.

“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!”

Auto Analyser Performance Penske dampers can use all of the curbing.

Auto Analyser Performance Penske dampers can use all of the curbing.

“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.

three laps to go, P3 and about to make a clean pass for P2

three laps to go, P3 and about to make a clean pass for P2

To keep up to date on the travels of the Mantella Autosport Race Team check out our Facebook, 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.

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

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Caledon Ontario, (September 20th 2014). The Mantella Autosport, No.8 Powered by Spyder/Gulf lubricants Aston Martin Vantage qualified well, unfortunately first lap contact necessitated a behind the wall repair before resuming.

Great view from the tower

Great view from the tower

Hot and humid conditions with severe rain storms best described COTA 2014 with temperatures exceeding 42 degrees C with the humidex factored in. Pre-event analysis and setup work resulted in a fast Aston Martin Vantage right off the transporter, especially important at an event with only two practice sessions before qualification.

The red white and blue of COTA

The red white and blue of COTA

Anthony Mantella continued to improve his qualification posting a season best 12th place after completing only two timed laps. ” I knew I had to get it done in the first two laps to make sure I had the best possible tires to start the race.” Continental GS rules require cars to start the race on 3 of their 4 qualification tires. “It’s encouraging looking at the data, there was a top 6 qualification between the two laps so I’m just going to keep working at improving my consistency and the results will come.” Said Anthony Mantella

Team drivers Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins

Team drivers Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins

Unfortunately race day visions of greatness were quickly dissolved following contact in the first corner that left the Aston stranded on the side of the track. The team stayed positive and quickly got to work as soon as receiving the car back from the flat bed. A new tie rod, minor body repair, MAF sensor repair and an alignment and the car was back on track with Mark Wilkins at the wheel.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Mark Wilkins.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Mark Wilkins.

“The car was a blast to drive in the mixed conditions, we pitted for wets half way through my stint and managed to climb back to 18th place at the chequer. The balance of the car was fantastic and the team did a great job getting it fixed up and back out. It was easy to manipulate between under/oversteer and confidence inspiring at the limit. It’s always a great feeling when you’re made aware you’re running the fastest current times of the session over the radio. I know we’ll be strong again in Atlanta and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.” Said Mark Wilkins.

Jake Media with the great shots as always!

Jake Media with the great shots as always!

“I’m very pleased with the performance of our team” said Andrew Wojteckzo. “The guys do a great job and I know without any doubt our drivers are getting in the best prepared car on track for every session. Unfortunately contact is a part of the sport and you’re not always able to show your true potential. Everyone executed perfection on the tasks that they could control and that’s all I can ask for.” JKMD9818

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.

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

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Caledon Ontario, (August 25th 2014). The Mantella Autosport, No.8 Powered by Spyder/Gulf lubricants Aston Martin Vantage raced hard to a strong finish at the famed VIR circuit, earning a season best P7 while setting a new race lap record along the way.

Once upon a time there was a giant Oak Tree here. Now just the Aston that set a new race lap record.

Once upon a time there was a giant Oak Tree here. Now just the Aston that set a new race lap record.

Hot and humid conditions welcomed the CTSCC teams for the 10th round of the championship at the hilly, technical and fast VIR circuit. A schedule conflict with the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, currently led by team driver Mark Wilkins meant another Canadian talent would be at the helm for this round. A pre-event test at Mosport allowed Sasha Anis to acquaint himself with the Vantage and be well prepared for the VIR event. 3 hours of track time on the promoter test day allowed both Anthony Mantella and Sasha Anis to get up to speed and apply the lessons learned on the IRacing simulator.

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At the shaded false grid ready to go.

Friday brought the first official sessions and at the end of the final practice, it was clear the setup work done on the Aston was On Point, with Sasha Anis posting 4th fastest time, just 5/100ths off P1. Next up Anthony Mantella drove a well executed qualifying, placing the Aston on the 7th row for the 2.5 hour Saturday race.

Despite having been widened during the re-pave, VIR is still a difficult track to pass on, patience was a must to safely move by the ST traffic.

Despite having been widened during the re-pave, VIR is still a difficult track to pass on, patience was a must to safely move by the ST traffic.

“It was spectacular to be back in the seat of the Aston following a good run at Road America” said Anthony Mantella. “VIR just might have earned the title of my favourite new track, providing a much appreciated challenge. Even with a great setup provided by the best team in the paddock, the famed Uphill Esses at VIR literally sent me spinning. I can hardly wait to get back on that track again.

“Sasha Anis is a tireless competitor, his analytical and driving skills coupled with his desire to constantly be better and faster makes for one hell of a party on the racetrack. Also, without fail, Andrew Wojteczko brought his A game to the track once again, ever improving the Aston, making the car fast–maybe too fast for me! Bring on the cowboy hats and spurs, it’s almost time to party in Texas!”

Can you feel the love? I think so.

Can you feel the love? Sure can.

“The team did an incredible job with the car setup all weekend long” said Sasha Anis.  “We knew that the car would be prone to a loose condition under trail-braking and worked hard to address that in testing prior to coming to VIR. We ended up with a very stable setup that I could push hard on all race – and the tire wear was very uniform. As a result we had the fastest car in the closing laps of the race while other teams were struggling to put power down.”

“I have to thank the Mantella Autosport team, specifically Anthony and Andrew for giving me the opportunity to drive again in GS. The guys put their faith in me to deliver a good result despite the fact that I had never driven VIR, and I am ecstatic that we were able to set a new race lap record at VIR and bring the car home without any damage. Anthony drove a great race and gave me a fresh car that could run hard right to the end.”

“One of the things we focused on this weekend was to have a ton of fun, which turned out to be very easy with the Mantella guys. The team’s dynamic is one that you don’t come across very often – everyone has great chemistry and we were all in good spirits while still focusing and getting our respective jobs done with absolute focus and attention to detail. I really believe that success can only come when everyone is relaxed and in good spirits – and this weekend was a great example of that.” Sasha Anis.

As always, the fan walk was well attended, if you haven't already, you have to come experience a CTSCC race in person.

As always, the fan walk was well attended, if you haven’t already, you have to come experience a CTSCC race in person. The best Sportscar racing, period.

The team now prepares for some local testing before heading South to Texas for the penultimate round of the 2014 CTSCC championship. Get your cowboy hats ready, it’s going to be a good one.

Anthony leads the race winning 07 TRG Aston before a minor off track excursion forced an unscheduled stop.

Anthony leads the race winning 07 TRG Aston before a minor off track excursion forced an unscheduled stop.

Already looking forward to 2015 at VIR. Such a great event.

Already looking forward to 2015 at VIR. Such a great event.

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.

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

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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.

Flat out up the hill, just.

Flat out up the hill, barely.

 

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.

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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.

The Vantage is always a crowd favourite.

The Vantage is always a crowd favourite.

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.

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Tyler Givogue sets the pressures just right as always.

Tyler Givogue sets the pressures just right as always.

 

Spyder apparel in high demand.

Spyder apparel in high demand.

 

On to Mosport.

On to Mosport.

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Caledon ON. June 8th 2014

The Mantella Autosport team rolled into Kansas for the 5th stop on the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge calendar with high expectations.   “We knew our Gulf/Powered by Spyder Aston Martin Vantage GT4 was well suited to the big speedway track here in Kansas” said team owner and driver Anthony Mantella.

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Qualifying in the dark at Kansas. A Mantella, P13 is his best qualifying to date, and there is potential for much more.

“Both Mark Wilkins and Anthony Mantella did a great job getting up to speed quickly with limited practice time on a circuit new to both drivers.” Said Andrew Wojteczko

Want to see what it's like in an Aston Martin race car? Come see us at the trailer or at the fan walk, we'll make it happen.

Want to see what it’s like in an Aston Martin race car? Come see us at the trailer or at the fan walk, we’ll make it happen.

Qualifying and the race were held late in the evening, under the lights, another team first for Mantella. Anthony showed great speed in his qualifying session and put the car on the sixth row, P13, for the start of the Saturday race. Reviewing the sector times revealed Anthony had more pace than his P13 qualifying indicated, he would be moving up quickly come race day.

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Mantella Autosport, professional representation on and off the track. Anthony Mantella, ready to race.

Race morning, we woke up to rain and tornado warnings, seemed appropriate for Kansas. But the weather did not dampen the optimism in the Mantella paddock. As the weather cleared, the team and drivers were relaxed and ready to hit the track. By the time the lights came on it was clear and dry for the green flag.

Working up to P2 before the hand off to Mark Wilkins

Working up to P2 before the hand off to Mark Wilkins

Anthony had a great start and drove the early race very well in traffic. A yellow at the 15 min mark gave Wojteczko the opportunity to call Anthony in for a splash of fuel. Anthony’s lap times and extra fuel kept him in the car to the 1:18 mark, his longest stint to date. When Wojteczko called him in for the drivers change, full fuel and 4 tires, Mantella had worked the car up to P2 and the team was feeling very optimistic.

Flat out on the banking, but just, it's a wild ride with multiple cars ending up in the outside wall exiting Speedway turn 4

Flat out on the banking, but just, it’s a wild ride with multiple cars ending up in the outside wall exiting Speedway turn 4

The Mantella pit crew had one of their best pit stops of the season and Mark Wilkins was now at the wheel with enough fuel to go to the end.   Two laps into his session Mark radioed to the team that the car had suffered a mechanical and there was no drive. A broken prop shaft put an early end to the day.

Canadian content, local rivals/friends Multimatic Motorsports in the Boss 302R

Canadian content, local rivals/friends Multimatic Motorsports in the Boss 302R

“Kansas continued to show allot of promise for the team and Anthony drove the car up to as high as second place before a mechanical failure ended our day early. Said driver Mark Wilkins.

“It has certainly been a challenging season to date but we feel strongly that we are making great strides with the car and our pace is good. The Mantella Autosport guys will get the car more than ready for Watkins Glen and we look forward to a strong run there”.

With Kansas complete, it's time to prepare for Watkins Glen, don't miss it live on Fox Sports and IMSA.com

With Kansas complete, it’s time to prepare for Watkins Glen, don’t miss it live on Fox Sports and IMSA.com

 

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 IMSA 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. For more information on the team and drivers check out MantellaAutosport.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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. 2014 Rolex 24 Hrs of Daytona Champion 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.

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

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The #8 Mantella Autosport, Aston Martin Vantage, Powered By Spyder, Gulf Lubricants builds momentum at Lime Rock with first top 10 CTSCC GS finish.

Non stop action in CTSCC GS

Non stop action in CTSCC GS

“The pieces are starting to fall into place and Lime Rock was a very positive race for Mantella Autosport. With lots of firsts in 2014, Lime Rock tasked Anthony with the challenge of learning a demanding circuit with very little track time and he did a great job. Given that qualifying was cancelled, Anthony had to start twentieth on the grid which made his job a real challenge as he had to fight his way forward on a track that is difficult to pass on. Andrew did a great job on the engineering side to give us a strong car and the team executed flawless stops once again. Having gone down a lap earlier in the race, we fought hard to get our first top 10 result. I’m proud of the team and know that it’s only a matter of time before we’re fighting for wins. Kansas will present us with more firsts and I’m looking forward to tackling those challenges and going for a great result!” Mark Wilkins

 

Moving up the pack

Moving up the pack

“Lime rock was awesome!” said Lionel Channing. “Our pit stops were flawless and the hand off to Mark Wilkins was super smooth. We came out in 10th perfectly unscathed and just before the clouds opened up. Awesome weekend with the best team you could ask for!” Off to Kansas in a couple weeks and the podium will be waiting for us.

Getting light at the top of the famous Lime Rock jump. Requires a throttle lift to manage wheel spin.

Getting light at the top of the famous Lime Rock jump. Requires a throttle lift to manage wheel spin.

“Anthony got hung out wide on the start, falling back from 20th to 26th in the first corner, but he avoided any contact and didn’t let it faze him” said Andrew Wojteczko, “he used good race craft to move the car back up to 11th place before the driver change at the 1 hour mark, handing over a car in top shape for the run to the end. Reviewing the in car video revealed an hour filled with constant door to door racing. Mark had to keep constant pressure on BJ to get the 10th spot and was able to capitalize when a passing opportunity presented itself. He did a great job in his stint. Pit stops were spot on, we were waiting on fuel to finish at both stops which means everyone got it right. With only one yellow in the race we weren’t able to get the lap back, but that’s part of racing at Lime Rock and I’m proud of the whole team, a great performance by all and our first top 10!

 

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Makes a great desktop background, doesn’t it?

Anthony Mantella reflected on the weekend saying “As team owner I couldn’t be any more impressed with our team, the guys all give 100% all of the time.”

 

Taking a few minutes down time to check out the ST class race. Because Lime Rock is such a short track the two classes race separately here.

Taking a few minutes down time to check out the ST class race. Because Lime Rock is such a short track the two classes race separately here.

It’s a quick turnaround at the shop before Andrew Stittle pilots the Peterbilt stateside for the race under the lights at Kansas International Speedway June 7th 2014. Be sure to follow the live timing on IMSA.com. Full TV/live stream will resume at round 6 at Watkins Glen.

Not a scratch on her, well done Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins!

Not a scratch on her, well done Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins!

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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 IMSA 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. For more information on the team and drivers check out MantellaAutosport.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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. 2014 Rolex 24 Hrs of Daytona Champion 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.

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

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Caledon Ontario, May 7th 2014

Mantella Autosport continues to build speed at Laguna Seca

The 3rd round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Laguna Seca was an emotional roller coaster for the Mantella Autosport team. The team had some highs and some tough lows throughout their week in Monterey CA.

Fast at Laguna, photo courtesy Jake Media

Fast at Laguna, photo courtesy Jake Media

Early in the test sessions, the Mantella team struggled with an intermittent low power condition on the Spyder/Gulf Oil Aston Martin Vantage GT4. “These small technical issues are distracting to our focus on getting a fast race setup for this track.” said team owner and driver Anthony Mantella “I have to tip my hat to my team, they resolved the problem and set up a great race car for this technical track.”

Mantella, who had never driven Laguna Seca before, started the Saturday race in 16th and drove with determination, moving all the way up to 10th during his stint in thecar. “I guess all those hours in the simulator paid off” said Mantella. “Again, I have to hand it to Andrew and the team. The race set up for the car was awesome and allowed me to focus on my driving.”   Wojteczko said “Anthony achieved great track position for the hand off to Mark Wilkins, a job well done.”

Up to P2 in the race before penalty

Up to P2 in the race before penalty

Wilkins continued the charge up the field and moved up to P2 in time for the second and final pit stop. Shortly after a well-executed stop for fuel and 4 tires, IMSA officials notified the team of a penalty to be served. Mark did not see the red light at pit exit and had driven out of a closed pit lane, the penalty was stop plus 60 seconds.

The driver change has to be perfect to not be the limiting factor

The driver change has to be perfect to not be the holdup in a stop

Mark came back in to serve the penalty yet managed to stay on the lead lap. While conserving tires and fuel, the full course yellow needed to rejoin the pack finally came, and we were back within site of the leaders. Once again, Mark worked his way up through the field one position at a time. A testament to his skill, sound tire strategy and a great car set up.   The team was cautiously optimistic, watching their car work, yet, knowing time was not on their side.

high intensity in the closing moments

high intensity in the closing moments

Then, with three laps remaining, contact in corner 3 while challenging for 7th position left the car stuck in the gravel trap.

“A tough result to swallow at Laguna but certainly plenty of positive takeaways” said Mark Wilkins “Anthony drove a great opening stint and handed me an excellent car. It was great to run up front and challenge for the lead and then have to battle through the field after the penalty. I pushed very hard to get back up front and the team did a fantastic job with the pit stops to get me there. Unfortunately, late race contact took us out of the race. That’s racing! We’ll get them next time.”

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“The team performed very well all week. I have no doubt we had podium potential this race, but we have to avoid penalties”. Said Team Engineer Andrew Wojteczko.   “It was very encouraging to see the team recover from the penalty and move back up into the top 8 before contact ended our day. The damage to the car is minimal and we will be ready to challenge for the podium at Lime Rock”.

“We are a new team and I suppose new teams must pay their dues!” Said team owner Anthony Mantella. This is a very tough, competitive series with a lot of great cars and drivers. “We continue to get better and build speed every race. I am proud of every member of this team and I can’t wait for Lime Rock. Thanks to Jacques Dallaire and Jake media for the photos seen here.

Chris Ruigrok ready to rock the tire change

Chris Ruigrok ready to rock the tire change

Tyler Givogue, focused

Tyler Givogue, focused

Pre race excitement

Pre race excitement

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 IMSA 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. For more information on the team and drivers check out MantellaAutosport.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

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

 

The race had a record high  7 full course cautions, and saw multiple cars on their roofs

The race had a record high 7 full course cautions, and saw multiple cars on their roofs

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The #8 Mantella Autosport, Powered by Spyder Aston Martin Vantage uses Gulf Competition 5W-40 engine oil, 75W90 LS gear oil and RF1000 brake fluid.  The complete range of Gulf Competition lubricants represents the pinnacle of oil and lubricant technology. We put these products to the test in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge endurance racing series and have been impressed by the performance and protection they offer. In addition, Teklub offers Canadian racers oil analysis services to monitor the health of your drivetrain. After each event we are able to confirm our drivetrain is not experiencing any excessive wear before the next round.  For a complete list of dealers head over to gulfoil.ca

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Broadcast TimesMantella Autosport, Aston Martin Vantage, CTSCC GS Car#8, Powered By Spyder, Gulf lubricants, suffers gearbox mechanical in Sebring

Caledon, ON, March 14, 2014

The racing gods can be cruel from time to time!

“It was not our day in Sebring” said team director and engineer Andrew Wojteczko.  “We were well prepared for this event following a successful test and continued to work on setup leading up to the race. The car was fast and the team was ready to race. Despite the failure, I’m really happy with everyone’s performance and am looking forward to Laguna. We know where we can improve on the Vantage and will use the available time to apply this.”

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Excitement, a field full of well prepared closely matched cars and excellent driving ensures a great show.

owner and driver, Anthony Mantella qualified the car very well on Thursday and had a great start to the race. “Anthony was right on pace and looking very strong” said Andrew.

Close racing is standard in CTSCC GS

Close racing is standard in CTSCC GS

The team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT4 suffered a gearbox problem early in the race when the gear selection lever broke on the transmission leaving Anthony in neutral on the side of the track.

Driver Mark Wilkins did not get in the car on race day but had this to say:  “The Mantella Autosport guys did a great job at Sebring but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. We made some great gains with the balance of the car for qualifying and Anthony did his best times of the week when it mattered. I’m anxious to get to Laguna in May!”

Sebring tests equipment reliability to the fullest, parked safely after gearbox shift selector failure on lap 3

Sebring tests equipment reliability to the fullest, parked safely after gearbox shift selector failure on lap 3

“Obviously I am disappointed in our DNF and feel bad for the guys because I know how hard they are working” said Team owner/driver Mantella “But this team will not dwell on results, we are only focused on the process that we have in motion.  Nobody said this was going to be easy.  The results will come with this team.  I am confident in that and when they do, it will be very sweet!!”

That process is already in motion for the team’s next race at the famed Laguna Seca race track in Monterey California on May 3rd.

Lance Webb captures the action during the fan walk, always well attended.

Lance Webb captures the action during the fan walk, always well attended.

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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 IMSA 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.  For more information on the team and drivers check out MantellaAutosport.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.  2014 Rolex 24 Hrs of Daytona Champion 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.

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

This is what we call hitting your marks, textbook.

This is what we call hitting your marks, textbook.

Ready for action

Ready for action

Top quality apparel keeps the team looking and feeling great in all weather conditions. Thank you Spyder!

Top quality apparel keeps the team looking and feeling great in all weather conditions. Thank you Spyder!

Team manager/engineer Andrew Wojteczko offloads the data for analysis.

Team manager/engineer Andrew Wojteczko offloads the data for analysis.

all heart

all heart

 

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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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