Milwaukee, WI – Coming into the final event of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season, only six points separated the #99 Kenda/X-Analytics/RecStuff.com Maserati of Jeff Courtney and leading #12 Ginetta of Drew Staveley in the championship standings. After leaving Watkins Glen, Jeff Courtney and JCR Motorsports have been crowned the 2018 GTSA Sprint Champions.
It had been over two months since Courtney was last in the car, but the Milwaukee-native quickly shook off the rust and with a well-prepped Maserati GT4, landed on pole for Saturday’s Race 1. On his Race 1 win, Jeff said, “Wow, that was fun! The JCR Team did such a great job this weekend in giving me a great car every single session. We came off the truck very well and they just kept working to make us better!”
As the green flag flew on the first race of the weekend, it was clear Jeff was in control and knew he had to set the pace. The driver of the #99 was able to blitz the field and went on to a comfortable eight-second win as his championship rivals struggled, giving him an 8-point lead in the championship standings ahead of Sunday’s finale. It was a great team effort from start to finish. I came into this weekend very focused on being aggressive and just driving fast and clean and not thinking about any points counting. In the end I was very happy with my and the teams performance,” said Courtney.
Courtney also claimed the fastest race lap with a 1:56.864 to get the advantageous pole position for race 2. It wasn’t the start Courtney was looking for as the #45 Audi of Mike Hedlund got a great start and jumped to the lead at turn 1. From then on it was all about trying to chase him down and get by without any high risk moves as just holding position would bring home the GTSA Sprint Championship. On race 2, Courtney said, “Sunday’s race had a little more internal drama than anyone outside the team would have known because twice in the race we had either electronic or gearbox issues. The car popped into neutral twice during the race, once about a third of the way in and the second time with 2 or 3 laps to go. I thought for sure this was going to be a sad ending to our season but after coasting into turn 1 for what seemed like a minute I got it to recycle and we made it to the end without losing a position. That was such a relief and maybe a good thing because to be honest I really wanted to make a late run at Mike if possible and take a shot at a weekend sweep with both poles and wins! Maybe this wasn’t the smartest way of approaching it considering I should be protecting the point lead we gained on Saturday, but I think we had everything working and why not, we had a good car and sometimes being cautious can bite you as well”
“I want to thank everyone that helps make this possible, all of our Sponsors including; Kenda, X-ANALYTICS, RecStuff.com, along with our entire JCR Motorsports team, family and friends! THANKS TO ALL,” said the 2018 GTSA Champion.
The team will celebrate the championship, but will not get much rest as preparations for the 2019 season, and defending their championship, will commence shortly after returning to their home base of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.