Matt Kingsley (50), who won all three races in his class at the Shannons Nationals at Morgan Park Raceway last year, alongside 2011 champion Roger Lago.
Matt Kingsley (50), who won all three races in his class at the Shannons Nationals at Morgan Park Raceway last year, alongside 2011 champion Roger Lago. Contributed

Kingsley back on track

THE Gold Coast’s Matt Kingsley has been one of the shining lights of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in recent years; however, after a big crash at Mallala in May, he was left with his series campaign in ruins, much like his beloved type 996 Porsche.

He will be in action in the Shannons Nationals at Morgan Park this weekend, starting with qualifying on Friday.

A former GT3 Cup Challenge champion (2009), Kingsley has struggled throughout the 2011 season. He had a DNF in the opening race at Wakefield Park (before going on to win the endurance-style race three), followed by a round-ending crash in race one at Mallala involving fellow competitors Jon Trende and Rob Knight, with the damage forcing him out of the July round at Eastern Creek.

With this, his title hope disappeared as fellow 996 Cup Class competitors racers Terry Knight, Paul Bolinowsky and Indiran Padayachee continued to gather points. But after spending the series’ last round on the sidelines, the Queensland-based racer is now ready to return to the race track in his “new” racecar.

Fellow driver Jon Trende (Type 997), who was also involved in the Mallala shunt, donated his former 996 Porsche that had lain stationary since an Eastern Creek crash in 2009.

Kingsley will now take to Morgan Park with the new beast – a hybrid of the repaired ex-Trende Porsche merged with some of the crucial DNA from his championship-winning car.

“After Mallala we took the damaged shell affectionately known as “Pandora” back to the workshop to make a plan of attack to get back on the grid,” Kingsley said.

“Straight after the accident Jon Trende donated his 996 shell from the 2009 season. From there it was a very big job getting the new shell stripped, repaired and painted before transferring the running gear from the old girl to the new one.”

“I can’t wait to get the ball rolling.”



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