Jeff Kingsley socializing ahead of race one in Sebring, Florida for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
The biggest race of the year took place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for round three of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. The weekend is known as being the Canadian stop for the Formula 1 series, but the Porsche Challenge was another highlight for the weekend. “It was amazing driving through the pitlane, looking left and seeing the Mercedes Formula 1 cars, looking right and seeing all of the pitboxs that are shown on TV. The stands were full of fans who were always enthusiastic and passionate for the sport,” said Kingsley. With only a 20 minute and 10-minute practice session, learning as much as he could, each lap, was key to predicting the weekend. In qualifying, Jeff was able to grab the 6thquickest time after only a few laps. At the drop of the green flag for race one, he slid his was into 5ththrough turn one where he battled in a pack of cars for 4th, 5th, and 6th. After a tough fought race, Jeff brought the car home in 6th, meaning that was where he would start race two. Sundays start was similar, moving up into the fifth position as he battled for places once again. Slowly falling off pace, Jeff would find himself in the middle of two groups where he pounded out consistent laps to maintain the 5th position where he would finish. Despite not achieving his best results of the year, he stayed consistent and gained valuable points in the championship where he is only one point out of 4th position. The next round takes him to the streets of Downtown Toronto for the Honda Indy on July 13th to 15th. Hotel Bonaventure Montreal was welcomed onboard for the race weekend. A great hotel in the city centre!
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season are quickly approaching this Saturday and Sunday at Honda Indy of Toronto. The city closes off the streets of Lake Shore Boulevard and through Exhibition Place, in order to setup a temporary track for fast race cars. In addition to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, in attendance will also be the Verizon Indy Car Series, Pinty’s NASCAR series, and other select series. It will be a big stage on hand for the fans of Toronto, with an expected attendance of over 260,000 people.
“I am very excited to be driving at the Honda Indy this weekend in Toronto,” said Kingsley. “Just living outside of Toronto in Ajax, I have many friends and family who plan to come out and checkout the races. The track has created such great history over the years so it is truly an honour to be participating in it. I am looking forward to getting on track Friday for practice where I can start to learn the track and aid the team in developing the car. I hope to meet many new faces at the track this weekend,” Kingsley adds.
Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama activity kicks off on Friday, July 13th with two practice sessions. Saturday will host qualifying for race ones starting grid at 9:20am, followed by the race itself at 5:00pm. Super Sunday will have race two at 1:40pm, just before the highlighted Indy Car race. Fans onsite will be able to meet Jeff during a driver autograph session at the Yokohama Tire Service Center at 3:15pm on Saturday.
Jeffrey Kingsley featured by Policaro BMW
Round two of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada took place at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario between May 18th and 20th. The Victoria Day long weekend festivities were expected to attract over 50,000 fans in attendance, all whom enjoy the sounds of racecars. Kingsley, arriving for a day of official practice on Friday, began to pound out laps, taking advantage of every minute of track time he could get. Having little time in the Porsche GT3 Cup Car, all seat time is valuable for the 19-year-old. Saturday showed plenty of rain in the forecast, causing a wet qualifying session where it would be his first time driving the car and the Yokahama tire in the wet. Putting on a great drive, Jeff managed to secure a 5th fastest time, putting him on the 3rd row for the start of the race. Immediately at the drop of the green flag, Kingsley had an amazing start, moving up to the third position into turn one. Being on the outside into two, Jeff got squeezed wide and pushed back into 5th position where he ran majority of the race. With only a few laps to go, Jeff got pushed back to the 6thposition where he ended up finishing the race. Despite the loss of position, Kingsley battled the conditions he had never experienced before in order to bring the car home! Starting in 6thfor Sundays race, Kingsley made his way into the 5th position after another solid start. For 5 laps he battled back and forth for the 4th position. Putting the car down the inside into turn 10 as the competitor was unaware, Kingsley and the other driver made contact, but were able to continue on. Suffering from damage, Kingsley would fall back to 6th place where he would finish the race. Jeff who was disappointed after hoping for a 4th place finish, is eager to get to the next event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.