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.
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.”
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.