The final rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge took place at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park from August 24thto 26th. Also at the track was the NASCAR truck series, as well as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, meaning lots of fans were in attendance. Thursday was a day of media and driver meetings for Jeff, in order to prepare for the weekend ahead. Friday saw two practice sessions where Kingsley claimed the 4thposition in both, only a few tenths of a second off the front runners. In qualifying, Jeff laid down a lap quick enough for 5thin a tight field. From 1stto 5thwas only four tenths of a second which was the closest margins the series has seen all year. Race one was interesting as the top five were able to break away from the start. All five cars were separated by less than one second between each car, with Jeff in P5. No driver was able to catch the other nor were they close enough to make a pass. When the competition is so equal, it makes racing hard as everyone is in a similar car. Kingsley would bring the car across the line in 5thto finish the race. The final race of the season came on Sunday, and championship points were coming down to that day. From the start, Kingsley moved into 4thwhere he would put pressure on the driver in 3rd. It was a bumper to bumper, wheel to wheel race for third, with immense battles and defensive driving. Kingsley secured a 4thplace across the line, missing out on 3rdby only one car length. Kingsley however would manage to tie for 4thin the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and secure Rookie of the Year honours. For his first season in such a professional series, at his age, is not something to complain about.
Jeff Kingsley before race one in Sebring, Florida for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
JDX Racing is excited to announce the signing of Canadian racer, Jeffrey Kingsley, to drive the No. 16/JDX Racing/Byers Porsche 911 in the 2019 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Championship.
Kingsley, a 19 year-old from Whitby, Ontario, Canada started karting at the age of nine, winning a number of karting championships as well as becoming the Canadian multi-time Rotax DD2 Champion and five time member of Team Canada. Jeffrey is a full-time student at Western University in London, Ontario. He will make his IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series debut after claiming 2018 Rookie of the Year accolades in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Series.
"It's a pleasure to be a part of the JDX Racing and Byers Porsche program for the 2019 season. JDX Racing has a proven track record supporting and developing young drivers, which is only more motivation for me to be successful. They know what it takes to claim podiums, wins and championships and I'm looking forward to being part of the team. Similarly, Byers Porsche has a reputable name and offers great support for the team. It's an honor to represent a brand that is passionate about racing and have a culture that is devoted to motorsport. I’d like to thank both JDX Racing and Byers Porsche for the opportunity."
Kingsley comments on race one after his first GT3 Cup victory.
Policaro Motorsport is thrilled to announce the signing of Jeff Kingsley to run in the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. The championship-winning team will field Jeff in a Porsche GT3 Cup car, clad in a striking and wild livery for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series.
The 2018 GT3 Cup Canada Rookie of the Year, Jeff Kingsley, will look to fight for the championship this upcoming season. With tough competition expected, it will be a thrilling and eventful summer with lots of great on-track action.
Kingsley comments, “It is a pleasure to be back with Policaro Motorsports, who helped be achieve 4th in the championship and Rookie of the Year honours last year. I look to build of last seasons success and better my results this year with many podiums, wins, and hopefully a championship.”
"It's a thrill to have Jeff and Ethan with us again this year" said Policaro Group CEO Francesco Policaro. "We are committed to finding and developing top Canadian motorsport talent—both Jeff and teammate Ethan have what it takes to be at the top.”
Jeff Kingsley is no stranger to the Policaro Motorsport program, having driven with the team in 2017 in the Canadian Touring Car Championship, and in last year’s Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series. "I'm stoked to be with the team again. " said Kingsley.
The GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama features drivers racing head to head in one of the largest single-make series in North America. The first round of the championship takes place on May 17th-19th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the popular Victoria Day Speedfest.
Round one of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada took place on May 17th– 19that the renowned Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) located in Bowmanville, Ontario. Arriving at the track on Thursday with a new team and no prior testing, it was set to be a road of obstacles ahead.
An early 7:30am qualifying saw Kingsley claim his first ever GT3 Cup pole position after a 20-minute session. Starting from the first position in the race later that day, Jeff had an incredible start and opening few laps allowing him to claim a 1.5 second gap. With 20 minutes to go, Kingsley would get held up by lap traffic, allowing 2nd position to hold on to Jeff’s rear bumper for the rest of the race. Jeff put in mistake free laps and defencing driving to hold off those behind and take his first ever GT3 Cup win. It was an incredible drive by the youngster with champagne spray to follow!
Starting on the front row once again for Sunday’s race, Jeff got another great start and held off those behind for the first 20 minutes of the race. A full course yellow re-grouped the field and after the restart Kingsley dropped to 2ndplace. The lap following, a driver clipped Kingsley’s rear bumper, sending him spinning and into the grass. He rejoined at the tail of the field only to have a red flag stoppage due to rain two laps later.
Overall, it was an incredible showing for Jeff Kingsley who showed he is a force to be reckoned with. Jeff is certainly a championship contender for the 2019 season. The next round is from June 7-9 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix featuring Formula 1.
Jeff Kingsley, driver of the #16 car in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, had a successful rookie season. Getting into the car for the first time in March for round one in Sebring, Kingsley has certainly developed as both a young driver and a person.
Kingsley added, “I am truly blessed to have had the season that I did. I remember the first race in Sebring, Florida where the nerves were very high and I simply wanted to finish the race. Now at the end of the season I became more confident and always looked for a podium finish.”
Jeff Kingsley was able to tie for the fourth position for the championship, in such a competitive field. He also became the Rookie of the Year after having a great first season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Car. “I am very pleased with what we have claimed this season,” Kingsley states. “It would have been nice to be third in the championship, but fourth and Rookie of the Year is something that cannot be looked down upon. I'd like to thank Policaro Motorsports, SportsCarBoutique, and Porsche Centre Oakville for their work and dedication this season. I would also like to thank my parents and my family for their love and support throughout the season. I look forward to seeing what 2019 has to offer!”
Kingsley will now take some time during the off-season to relax and start his third year of university, but also looks to arrange plans for 2019!