Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season took place at the Honda Indy of Toronto. The city closes off Lake Shore Boulevard and streets through Exhibition Place, in order to setup a temporary track for fast race cars. In addition to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, in attendance was also the Verizon Indy Car Series, Pinty’s NASCAR series, and other select series. With over 250,000 fans in attendance, it was a big weekend with lots of enthusiastic fans. Kingsley arrived at the track on Thursday for meetings and first practice. Being Jeff’s first experience in a GT3 Cup Car at the demanding street course, he focused on learning the track and its bumps rather than setting fast times. On Friday, Kingsley took part in another practice session where he began to increase his pace and started to dial in the car for Saturday. Saturday morning saw a qualifying session where Kingsley managed to secure a 5thquickest time after only two practice sessions on the track. This would be where Jeff would start race one; on the third row in the 5thposition. Kingsley immediately moved up to 3rdwhere he ran most of the race. After starting to fall off pace, Kingsley fell to 4thwith only a handful of laps left in the race. He went on to maintain a 4thplace upon crossing the checkered flag. On Sunday, Kingsley was forced to start further back for race two in the ninth position, which would make for a tough race. Jeff managed to carve his way through the field, up into the sixth place. With the rest of the pack too far gapped, Kingsley would have to settle for a sixth-place result, not what the young star was hoping for. “Overall the weekend can certainly be taken as a learning experience,” says Kingsley. “Although I didn’t get the results I had hoped for, we can use the knowledge gained this weekend and apply it to the following races this season.”
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 socializing ahead of 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 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!
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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.
Jeffrey Kingsley featured by Policaro BMW