Challenge Accepted: Conquering Road Atlanta Again
Park Place Motorsports takes confidence into the Motul Petit Le Mans after back-to-back podium celebrations in California.
In the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister drove a nail-biting race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. His efforts gave the team a second-place finish. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver David Kolkmann received a third-place finish in Race Two at Sonoma Raceway after penalty dissolved the initial winner’s accomplishment.
At Road Atlanta Park Place Motorsports’ No. 73 Park Place Porsche GT3 R features an all new lineup. Endurance driver Tim Pappas will take on the 10-hour endurance event with Spencer Pumpelly and Porsche Factory Driver Wolf Henzler. Pumpelly ran a season with Park Place Motorsports in 2015, during that year he and the team won Petit Le Mans in GTD. Henzler has never before run with Park Place Motorsports. All three drivers bring the experience of winning at Road Atlanta in the GTD class.
While Park Place Motorsport shoots for one last taste of champagne before the end of the 2018 season, Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Bergmeister will fight for their second podium of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season at Fuji Speedway.
“I’m still upset that these two races conflict but I’m excited for our lineup in the 73,” Lindsey said. “We want to win, and that is what this lineup will do. Wolf has a ridiculous amount of experience and is one of the best Porsche has to offer. Spencer is a solid driver. He’s someone I’ll always trust with my team. Tim has the competitive spirit and experience to get the job done. I expect to see a trophy when I get back from Japan if everything goes their way.”
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama lineup stays the same with David Kolkmann of Germany returning for the final event. He stands third in the Platinum Class points championship. He is 19 points behind second place and 20 points ahead of fourth. A good weekend could give Kolkmann a final boost while a less than desirable weekend could take him out of the top three, which are honorably mentioned during the awards banquet following Race Two at Road Atlanta.
“If I could change anything for David I would go back and change Sebring,” Lindsey said. “To be so close in the points championship is really the difference between two rough races at Sebring. My hope is David ends the season with two strong performances. He can walk-away happy with what he’s done this year. His talent and attitude carried him as-far as possible with the help of an amazing team behind him of course.”
Park Place Motorsports kicks off a long week at Road Atlanta with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama practice Wednesday, Oct. 10. The days become longer as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practices both day and night for the Motul Petit Le Mans and Race One for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA takes place Thursday, Oct. 11.
Race Two for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and qualifying for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are set for Friday, Oct. 12. Finally, the weekend and 2018 season come to an end Saturday, Oct. 13 with the start of the 10-hour endurance race, the Motul Petit Le Mans. For a full schedule visit http:/imsa.com.