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

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Bowmanville, Ontario

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.

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 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.

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!

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.

The CTMP autograph session was well attended. Always a great opportunity to meet your favourite drivers.

Mantella Racing- Pirelli World Challenge CTMP

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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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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