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Dubai (January 14 2017)

Reiter Engineering campaigned two cars, a GT4 spec with an all female driver lineup, and the #247 SP2 class car featuring Anthony Mantella

Reiter Engineering campaigned two cars, a GT4 spec with an all female driver lineup, and the #247 SP2 class car featuring Anthony Mantella

The race started at 2:00PM and I was slated to jump in the car 4th. This meant my first stint would be in the dark, with 100 other cars on track, some faster and some slower as there are multiple classes competing. I’d taken part in the night practice the evening prior so had an idea what to expect, but racing in the dark brings a much greater risk of contact. Fortunately I kept it clean, and maintained the lead we’d established in the SP2 class. At the 2 hour maximum drive time I pitted for the driver change and started preparing for my next time in.

After many laps in the simulator, it was great to get a track walk in to understand the track first hand.

After many laps in the simulator, it was great to get a track walk in to understand the track first hand.

With the starting driver back in, it wasn’t long before our first real obstacle presented. A failed drive shaft required a pit stop for replacement while leading at the 6 hour mark. The crew really hustled and had it done and back on track in 22 minutes. We now had work to do but the deficit wasn’t insurmountable. The trouble was, just 2 hours later we experienced a second drive shaft failure. Back in the pits the crew replaced it and made some other changes to help it last. I could see the disappointment in the faces of the crew, but the thing is with 24 hour races is anything can happen and you can’t give up.

in the pit for a new axle

in the pit for a new axle

Back in the car for my second stint, I was hoping for the light of day, but at 2:00AM the only light to be found was the swarming headlights of the surrounding cars. I felt good though, my strength training was really paying off and I put down another solid 2 hour drive without issue. Though still laps down on the leader, we were gaining ground slowly but surely.

Benjamin out, Anthony in, ready for another night stint

Benjamin out, Anthony in, ready for another night stint

Back in the car for my final stint at 10:00AM, the sun had finally crested the horizon. Despite only an hour of sleep, I was amazed at how I was able to maintain focus. Feeling strong I continued through my stint, lap by lap, one step at a time. I was continuing to real in the leader and we were moving up the score board. I pitted at the 2 hour mark for the final driver change and handed the car off to my co-driver to bring it home. Despite the mid race setbacks we clawed our way back to second place, a truly remarkable finish.

The night time, is the right time.

The night time, is the right time.

Reflecting on the event, it truly was an experience I’ll remember dearly. Not just the racing itself, but the relationships formed that I know will last a life time and overcoming any self-doubt. Also validating my dedication to my fitness and training has really payed off. It felt great to be a part of it and I’m already thinking about having another go next year.

The sun comes up after a long night racing in the dark.

The sun comes up after a long night racing in the dark.

P2 after 24 intense hours of racing.

P2 after 24 intense hours of racing.

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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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