Mantovani Racing C5Z pushes AP Racing Brakes to another NASA National Championship!09.20.2021
Ken Mantovani climbed the center podium step this weekend after a long fought battle in his Z06 Corvette. Ken was able to find a fraction of a second at every turn with his AP Racing by Essex Competition Brake Kit, adding yet another trophy to the case. Ken was running the smallest front brake kit we offer for any Corvette, proving yet again that big things can come in small packages. Details on the race and Ken's thoughts on the weekend below. Also, be sure to check out Ken's Instagram page for some race footage!
After battling it out with Jonathan Giahn all day Friday, Ken Mantovani was expecting more of the same on Saturday. That’s exactly what he got, but for the second straight day, Mantovani came back to take the victory.
“During the warm-up he laid down the fastest lap in the ST class – a couple of tenths faster than myself – so I knew he had it in for me,” Mantovani said. “I went over to his pits and chatted with him. He really is a nice guy and this is his first time on the track. So I was like, ‘Wow, so you’re getting faster and faster,so I’m going to have my hands full for this race.’”
Mantovani was able to take advantage of a full-course caution and use it to his advantage.
“My lucky break was the fact that we got into traffic for that yellow flag,” he said. “I was able to make a move on the outside, he went on the inside and caught more traffic and then the gap just started growing bigger and bigger. So yeah, I’m really happy with today.”
Even though Mantovani has won both qualifying races, he isn’t taking anything for granted heading into Sunday’s championship race.
“I think it’s going to come down to the same situation today, where it’s literally a mistake or traffic that’s going to make the difference in the race.”