Season Complete: Kolkmann Finishes Third in Championship
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 12, 2018) –David Kolkmann claimed third in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Class Championship with the season completion in Road Atlanta.
Kolkmann finished Race One in sixth and Race Two in fifth on the 2.45- mile track, respectively. The two 45-minute sprint races were further shortened by yellow flags caused by cars going off track. Race One saw 10-minutes of green racing action while Race Two featured 29-minutes of green racing. With little time to make progress Kolkmann managed to advance one position from his qualifying spot in each race.
Finishing up front and staying clean allowed Kolkmann to keep his 13-point advantage over Wright Motorsports’ Max Root who was fourth in points. Kolkmann finished the season with 444 points in total. Roman de Angelis received 474 to earn vice-champion and Trenton Estep walked away with a total of 499 points to take all. This was Kolkman's first attempt in the championship while both de Angelis and Estep had raced the previous season.
Though Kolkmann had planned on earning one last bottle of champagne before the 2018 season’s end, he was pleased to finish a strong debut.
“The weekend started with rain, so before Race One I had three dry laps in qualifying,” Kolkmann said. “I was able to follow the cars in front of me Race One. I was able to push them; I nearly overtook Estep at the end of the race. That gave me a bit of confidence for Race Two. We finished fifth which is good for the championship. To go home with third place in the championship after my first time is quite good. The first year for Park Place with the Cup Car and me in the US so I think we can be happy as a team.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey followed Kolkmann’s progress from Fuji, Japan where he and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister are competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“David did a solid job this weekend for never having been to the track and having all of his practice sessions in the rain,” Lindsey said. “He did what he could with the time he had. He managed his spot in the championship by keeping the car on track during the races. He represented our team well, and I’m very proud of his accomplishments and our crew’s accomplishments this year.”
Road Atlanta marks the end of the official race season. Park Place Motorsports will continue its relationship with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series into 2019 as the team aims to grow its customer program. A driver announcement has not been scheduled. Kolkmann himself plans to continue building his relationship with Porsche for 2019.