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.
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!
August 10th to 12th brought the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada to Trois-Rivières, Quebec for another street race. Roads within the city were shut down, cement barricades were placed, and race cars were ready to take to the streets. Friday saw two practice sessions where Kingsley worked on gaining pace in the Porsche Cup Car, aiming to get comfortable with the track. “Street races are always tough as there is little margin for error,” says Kingsley. “If you break just a few feet to late, there is no runoff, but rather a cement barrier waiting for you. Mistakes are rarely forgiven, so finding the balance between speed and margin is key.” Kingsley secured a fifth-place position in qualifying after having to come in for a tire change due to a bent wheel. Putting this aside, he focused on Saturday’s race where he held onto the lead pack to take home a fifth once again. Competitors were getting closer and closer which was shown in race two on Sunday. Kingsley had a great start in race two where he began to pressure and battle for fourth. After intense wheel to wheel racing, Kingsley would cross the line in fifth, but effectively helped his championship points. The finale of the GT3 Cup Challenge takes place in September at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Jeff looks to improve on his current fifth place standing in the championship and secure Rookie of the Year honours.
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."
Jeremy Dale Managing Partner / JDX Racing:
“We are really looking forward to working with Jeff. He had a very successful first season in the Canadian GT3 Cup Series, claiming Rookie of the Year. He's no stranger to winning races and championships. Making the move to the GT3 Cup USA series will allow him to continue to strengthen his skill set and show he has what it takes to run at the front. We are excited to kick off the 2019 Season at Barber Motorsports Park next week and thrilled to have Jeff behind the wheel of a JDX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car."
Jeffrey Kingsley featured by Policaro BMW
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.