Policaro Motorsport is firing up the engines with an exciting new team for the IMSA 2018 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. This season, Policaro Motorsport will be supported by SportsCarBoutique, seating Jeff Kingsley behind the wheel in one of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup cars.
Sports Car Boutique will manage Policaro Motorsport’s entries, working with 19-year-old Kingsley, who is hot off multiple podiums in SCB Racing’s Touring Car division last year. Kingsey comments, “it is an hounour to be racing in the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. This is a series I have dreamed about driving in since I began my racing career, and I can finally put my abilitities to the test. There is no doubt it will be a challenging season ahead with the amount of experience in the field, but Policaro Motorsports, SportsCarBoutique, and Porsche Centre Oakville have put a competitive car in my hands.”
“We are proud to support Porsche Cars Canada and the GT3 Cup Challenge. Racing is embedded in the Porsche brand DNA and is a passion for our group,” says Francesco Policaro, CEO of the Policaro Group. “This is the pinnacle of our customer racing program, and SCB Racing fielded a Policaro Motosport BMW M235iR driven by Kingsley in the 2017 Canadian Touring Car Championship last year with much success, so we’re looking forward to what we can get done this season.” “The pieces are in place for a big season,” says Ilker Starck, owner of SportsCarBoutique. “We’ve got our sights set on the championship and can’t wait to battle in the corners to earn it!” The six-weekend Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama kicks off at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 14th.
On March 14th to 16th, Jeff Kingsley traveled to Sebring International Raceway where he competed in the first round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, presented by Ultra 94 and Yokohama tires. The competition consisted of contenders from both the Canadian Porsche championship as well as the American Porsche championship, adding a verity of skill and uncertainty to the race. Jeff was new to both the car and the track which would add challenges to the weekend, but he was eager to perform for Policaro Motorsports and Porsche Centre Oakville. Kingsley’s goal for the weekend was to keep his bumpers clean, in order to score championship points where he can then duke it out back home in the Canadian championship for round two.
For Jeff’s first ever qualifying, he put on an outstanding effort, scoring an eighth place starting position in a 35-car field. Making a mistake in the first corner of race one, Jeff fell back to 12th place, but regained positioning into 10th. After a battle throughout most of the race, he came home to finish in ninth position. Starting race two in 10th, Kingsley managed to hold the position throughout the race to finish in the same spot. Jeff struggled with mechanical grip throughout the race so was happy to place where he did.
In terms of the Canadian Porsche championship, Kingsley finished fifth and sixth, which was a solid effort from the young driver in his first time with a new car, new series, and new track. The next round of the Porsche GT3 cup challenge will be held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in Bowmanville Ontario, during May 19th to 20th of the Victoria Day long weekend.
Jeffrey Kingsley featured by Policaro BMW
Jeffrey Kingsley gives Policaro BMW customers a pep talk before taking to the track
Jeff Kingsley made his debut experience on the grand prix track at Circuit ICAR, located in Montreal Quebec. Having years of success and wins at the go-kart track, it was his first time on the car track where he passed 15 cars to win race one and finish third in race two. A wet qualified saw Kingsley scoring a 4th place starting position for Race 1. Showing up to the grid before the race just 2 minutes late, Jeff was given a grid penalty and forced to start at the rear of the field in last place. Taking advantage of his rain racing skills, Jeff managed to pass 8 cars into the first corner as he dived down the inside into turn one. Picking off cars one by one, he made it up to 4th place in just six laps. Due to a crash mid-race, the safety car came out and bunched the field back together, giving Kingsley a better shot at a podium finish. Right off the restart, Jeff dove down the outside of turn one for a brilliant pass if completed. Managing to hold to outside line against a Mustang, he pulled off a beyond incredible move to take 3rd position. Two laps later, Jeff made a double pass to take over 1st place in the race and would then defend off those behind for ten laps in a nail biting finish to win the race. Race two saw Jeff starting third where he got another good start. Managing to battle into the 1st position, it seemed to be easy cruising to a double victory. Unfortunately, the car lost power and entered limp mode where Jeff then crawled to pit lane. After restarting the car, he got back out in third place but again power was lost. Repeatedly having to restart the car, Jeff Kingsley would crawl to the finish line in a solid 3rd position. What should have been two first place finishes, it was still an amazing achievement to leave with a 1st and a 3rd. Kingsley now leads the points championship in a close battle. Next stop is Trois-Rivières, Quebec for a thrilling street race on August 11th – 13th.