The final race of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama came down to a duel between Jeff Kingsley and Riley Dickinson.
The Platinum Cup front-runners throughout 2020, Kingsley and Dickinson battled throughout the second race of the day Friday afternoon at Sebring International Raceway.
It was Kingsley who orchestrated the decisive move with 13 minutes remaining in the 45-minute race, diving his No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car inside Dickinson’s No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche for the race lead on the 17th turn.
Kingsley went on to win by 4.977 seconds and punctuate a championship season that included 11 race wins.
After tying Dickinson for the third-most points in GT3 Cup Challenge USA competition last year, Kingsley finished with a 31-point gap on his chief rival in 2020.
Dickinson won four races this season, including Friday morning’s opener at Sebring, and was saluted by Kingsley for the stiff competition.
Alan Metni finished third overall in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche to claim the win in the Platinum Masters class for drivers 45 and older.
It capped Metni’s third straight Masters championship with his 10th class win in 16 races.
Efrin Castro was victorious in Race 2 in the Gold Cup class and earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars in the No. 65 TPC Racing Porsche. Castro collected six wins this season.
The Gold Cup championship went to Curt Swearingin on the strength of nine wins over the course of the season.
It was a bittersweet weekend for Swearingin, who honored his father’s recent passing by changing his car number to 44 this weekend.
Swearingin only had to start the two races to claim the Gold Cup crown. He purposely parked the car after one lap in the first race, but a punctured tire ended his second race after a single lap.
RESULTS: Race 2