The third event of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship marks the only Canadian stop on the schedule, a track that is respected world-wide as a high speed and high consequence circuit, that also happens to be Anthony Mantella and Martin Barkey’s home track. Located 1 hour East from Toronto, this former F1 circuit draws large crowds and always offers fans an action filled experience.
Martin Barkey on route to Mantella Autosport’s first Pole Position. Congratulations Martin on a great Qualifying.
After a successful test program leading up to the event, the teams’ KTM XBow GT4’s were dialed in and ready to do battle. Martin Barkey wasted no time, securing pole position in the #80 MBRP Exhaust Mantella Autosport KTM XBow for Race #1.
Anthony Mantella leads teammate Martin Barkey through CTMP’s high speed Turn 1. No brakes needed in the KTM XBow here.
Anthony Mantella drove a great Race #2 finding the final step of the podium, P3 in front of the home crowd and the teams first podium of 2017. Strong performances from both team drivers moved Anthony up to P4 in the overall GTS Championship and maintained Martin’s P2 standing. 2017 is shaping up to be a strong championship effort for Mantella Autosport.
Anthony Mantella barely avoids a Mustang GT4 that suffered a driveline failure on the standing start.
Podium celebrations after a hard fought P3. Congratulations Anthony!
The CTMP autograph session was well attended. Always a great opportunity to meet your favourite drivers.
Lead tech on the 8 car Joe Ferguson and Team Manager/Engineer Andrew Wojteczko reflect on a successful event while waiting for the 8 car to clear post race tech.
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Picturesque Virginia International Raceway marked the location for the second event (races 3 and 4) of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship.
At the famous Oak Tree corner.
Martin Barkey and Anthony Mantella’s time spent testing at VIR made itself immediately apparent when they topped the final practice session leading into Qualifying.
Lined up for Race 1
Qualifying saw Anthony put together a well executed 4th place effort and Martin 6th. Unfortunately a penalty carried forward from the St.Pete event meant Anthony would start 5 spots back.
Trying hard to find passing opportunities
Martin drove a great race managing a 4th place finish and a 2nd row starting position for Race 2. Anthony ended up P11 but was fast enough to qualify on the 3rd row for race 2.
Race 2 saw a close battle between Anthony Mantella and Jason Bell, unfortunately minor contact resulted in a cut right front tire and a pit stop for replacement. Anthony continued but was no longer in touch with the leaders. Martin Barkey struggled to get some passes done early and ended up P5.
Consistency is proving to be key in the 2017 GTS championship, after 4 races Martin Barkey sits in 2nd place in the overall championship.
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