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

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Salt Lake City, Utah. (August 23, 2016) – Surrounded by stunning mountains and breathtaking sunsets, Picturesque Utah Motorsport Campus hosted the 8th event of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS season.

High Altitude at Utah Motorsport Campus

High Altitude at Utah Motorsport Campus

 

Why is this event different from the rest? Well it is the teams first professional win since it’s inaugural season in IMSA GS in 2014. Read on to find out more.

The elusive top stop, congratulations Anthony Mantella on your first pro win! Here's to many more!

The elusive top stop, congratulations Anthony Mantella on your first pro win! Here’s to many more!

The win at Utah marks the 3rd podium this season for the team in PWC GTS racing, and the first win. What’s more, Anthony Mantella drove a perfectly executed race to achieve this result, racing hard and smart. This was certainly not a one off, lucky victory, rather the start of a new chapter for Anthony Mantella, knowing he has the capability to run at the front. As often seen in many disciplines, the first win leads to many more to follow. Everyone at Mantella Autosport is thrilled to help continue this journey.

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Race 2 saw Anthony Mantella start P1, and Martin Barkey P3, when the lights went out on the standing start, both KTM XBow’s were still standing. The high grip surface found in Utah coupled with the hot rear tires hooked harder than expected resulting in both cars stalled on grid. Once re-started, it was only a short period before the boys were back in the hunt, and experiencing some fantastic door to door racing, ultimately resulting in Martin Barkey P6 and Anthony Mantella P8.

Race 2, Team Effort moving through the pack

Race 2, Team Effort moving through the pack

The team now heads to Sonoma for pre event testing before the 9th and penultimate round of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship September 14-18th.

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Bowmanville, Ontario (July 11, 2015) – Mantella Autosport challenged for the lead and proved it was a contender for victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Cresting the infamous corner 2 at Mosport

Cresting the infamous corner 2 at Mosport

The Gulf Oil No. 8 Camaro Z/28.R of Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins recorded its best finish of the season of fifth after starting ninth, while the MBRP Inc. No. 80 Camaro Z/28.R of Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli finished sixth after starting eighth.

Raising awareness and support for a young boy suffering from Severe Aplastic Anemia

Raising awareness and support for a young boy suffering from Severe Aplastic Anemia

 

Oliver checking out the view from the driver's seat.

Oliver checking out the view from the driver’s seat.

The two-hour, 30-minute race featured five yellow flags, and the caution periods played into the team’s race strategy.

The Mantella Autosport paddock was the place to be all weekend with large crowds and Gulf promotional giveaways.

The Mantella Autosport paddock was the place to be all weekend with large crowds and Gulf promotional giveaways.

In the first hour of the race, the No. 8 and No. 80 were running first and second, respectively, in the Grand Sport class, with Wilkins and Marcelli dueling for the lead. The two cars were on a different pit strategy than the rest of the field and pitted with 30 minutes under green, dropping in position.

Kyle and Mark leading the field into turn 9

Kyle and Mark leading the field into turn 9

Both Marcelli and Wilkins recovered to their respective finishes, hoping the leading cars would have to pit for fuel and tires.

Get your signed Mantella Autosport team posters! Available at upcoming CTSCC events.

Get your signed Mantella Autosport team posters! Available at upcoming CTSCC events.

Mantella Autosport had no such luck but walked away proud of the fight it produced for guests from Gulf Oil Canada and MBRP Inc., and family that came to support the team.

“Anthony did an awesome job today,” Wilkins said. “He gave me a clean car and a perfect car to go out and just run. The yellows sort of helped and sort of didn’t. They definitely got us in the game. We took two tires on the last stop toward the end, and we knew we had plenty of fuel. We knew the guys in front of us would be close (on fuel).

“We were strong today, for sure. It’s just so hard to pass here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. All in all, it’s a good day for Mantella Autosport, the Camaro Z/28.R and Team Chevy.”

Carl Cason getting the wheels and tires ready to race.

Carl Cason getting the wheels and tires ready to race.

Mantella handed a smooth-running race car to Wilkins after fighting off competitors and gaining position while battling with the No. 80 of Barkey and Marcelli.

“The strategy worked perfectly at the end,” Mantella said. “In the beginning, it wasn’t working out, but then it came to us. What was supposed to happen was the cars in front of us were supposed to run out of fuel or run out of tires. It didn’t work that way. Those guys conserved their fuel, conserved their tires. They’re pro drivers, so you never know what’s going to happen. So we’re fifth and sixth, and it’s a great showing at our home track.

“During the driver change, Mark only took two tires and was running with guys that took four tires. That says something about Mark’s capability that he can only take two and still run the pace with the guys up front. That really says a lot about what kind of a driver he is.”

Back on track after the final stop making a push to the front.

Back on track after the final stop making a push to the front.

Marcelli and Barkey in the No. 80 Camaro Z/28.R were in tune to the steps of the No. 8. The teammates spent a majority of their race fighting for the front, alongside Wilkins and Mantella.

The No. 80 car ran a similar pit strategy to the No. 8, though it opted for four tires during the driver change.

Nick Giovanatto brings positive energy and keeps spirits high

Nick Giovanatto brings positive energy and keeps spirits high

“It was a good showing for Mantella Autosport for both cars to be up front for a good portion of the race,” Marcelli said. “I had a lot of fun. It was tough. We had a lot of work to do going into the race. To lead a good portion of it was a lot of fun and was a good show for the home crowd. It proved to myself that I’m capable and proved to the team that we are capable.

“Our strategy was a bit different from the leaders, so we were always a bit off-sequence. The difficult thing here is passing. It’s such a fast track and there are two brake zones, and if you’re defensive through there, it’s like follow the leader. I threw a ‘Hail Mary’ and got side-by-side with our sister car a couple of times. But overall it was a good showing, and I’m happy with our result.”

8 vs 80 driver change practice put on a good show for the fans under the Mantella Autosport tent.

8 vs 80 driver change practice put on a good show for the fans under the Mantella Autosport tent.

Barkey and Marcelli were hoping to best their top finish of fourth place, posted in mid-March at Sebring International Raceway. But their finish encouraged the team and showed progress.

“Overall, it was a great race,” Barkey said. “Kyle and I both are happy with our driving. The team provided a great car. Hats off to Mantella Autosport. We started the race off battling back in seventh, eighth and ninth. We had a great race with the guys in the No. 41 Nissan, and between Anthony and I working together and being able to fend off the Nissan, I was able to find a position on Anthony. We just continued to work together and work our way through.

The crew all ready to rock on race day

The crew all ready to rock on race day

“The first pit stop we found ourselves in second and third, and later on in the race Kyle and Mark found first and second. I think it was a really good showing. We’ve probably got over 100 guests here as a team, and we’re excited to put on a good show for everybody. I think we finished where we needed to. It would have been nice to finish a little higher in the finish, but it was good race.”

Prior to the strong finish in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, the team had a race against the clock.

Mantella Autosport spent six hours repairing the No. 8 to ensure it would not miss qualifying after damage suffered in a crash during the first practice. Being close to home paid off for the team as the crew made a trip back to its Toronto-based shop for parts.

Sawmill Creative killing it with the great photos, make sure to check out the event video!

Sawmill Creative killing it with the great photos, make sure to check out the event video!

Round 6 of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place July 24-25 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Round 5 action from CTMP will air at noon (ET) Sunday, July 19 on Fox Sports 1.

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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

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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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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