Jeff Kingsley scored his second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama victory of the day at Mid-Ohio, taking his No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to another win Saturday afternoon.
He kept Riley Dickinson, who sits second in the championship standings, behind him on the start in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche
Dickinson and Alan Metni – third in the championship standings – battled for third place and with less than 10 minutes remaining, the two tangled and Metni was sent off track in Turn 6.
Metni was forced to pit with damage while Dickinson was handed a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility. As a result, Dickinson finished fourth and Metni seventh.
Kingsley’s Kelly-Moss teammate, Sebastian Carazo finished second in the No. 27 Porsche, while series newcomer Kenny Murillo earned his career podium finish in the No. 56 Topp Racing Porsche in third.
A further implication of the incident was the Platinum Masters result.
For the first time in 2020, a competitor other than Metni stood on top the class podium for drivers 45 years and older.
This time, it was Michael Mennella in the No. 4 MCR Racing Porsche. Mennella had slowly been working his way to the top step, finishing second two times and third in the last three races entering the weekend.
In the Gold Cup class for Porsches built between 2014 and 2016, Curt Swearingin carried his momentum from a victory in Race 1 to the same result in Race 2 driving the No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche.
Having entered the weekend only two points over Efrin Castro in the No. 65 Porsche for TPC Racing, after two victories, the gap now stands at eight points following Swearingin’s success.
Despite finishing second to Swearingin, Castro took home not only the second-place trophy but also the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions in class. While not the ideal day, Castro and TPC Racing are looking forward to improvement in Race 3.
The final race of the weekend takes place on Sunday at 9:20 a.m. ET. The race can be streamed live on IMSA.com.
RESULTS: Race 2