Kolkmann Finishes Second at Barber
BIRMINGHAM (April 21, 2018) – David Kolkmann finished second with an 18 second lead over third place in Round 3 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Kolkmann made Park Place Motorsports proud in Race One by maintaining his second-place qualifying effort giving him his first podium finish of the 2018 season. After two rough finishes at Sebring International Raceway, a podium was precisely what Kolkmann needed to keep him in the points championship.
An exciting start showcased Kolkmann’s conscious awareness of his competitors. As Kolkmann chased down pole sitter Roman de Angelis of the No. 1 Kelly Moss Porsche, the No. 7 of Wright Motorsports joined in the fight to make it threewide into Turn 1. Kolkmann defended his position and held off Root but allowed de Angelis to start building a gap for the lead.
After Turn 1 the field settled into place, and Kolkmann steadied his No. 71 Park Place/ Eucon Porsche hunting de Angelis while growing the gap to third place. Kolkmann slowly reeled in the No. 1 Porsche as they approached lap traffic, but de Angelis earned help from his Kelly Moss teammates. Blocked by lap traffic Kolkmann was held back from fighting for the lead.
Kolkmann finished the race in second, two seconds behind first with an 18.123-second gap over third. He will start tomorrows race on the 2.30-mile track from second.
“I think the start was OK, I could have been a bit more aggressive, but that would have been risky,” Kolkmann. “Then I had a good start. We had a strong first lap, and I made a comfortable gap to the cars behind me. Then I was chasing the leader for the whole race. I caught up with him in traffic, but one car blocked me, unfortunately, so I had a gap to the leader again.
“I had to push a bit more to the end, but the car was great to the finish. It makes me comfortable for our race tomorrow. Hopefully, it will not rain for our race, but there is weather in the forecast so we will have to prepare. A lot of things can change if rains.”
Park Place Motorsports Team Principal Patrick Lindsey was on hand to not only advise Kolkmann but to commentate. Lindsey spent the race in the Barber Motorsports Park PA booth color commentating.
“I had a lot of fun in the booth today, so first I have to say thank you to everyone at Barber and IMSA for allowing me the pleasure,” Lindsey said. “It was hard to not focus solely on David while I was up there watching. I thought he did a great job today. He’s young, but he has a lot of skill and a lot of talent which showed today. I was happy we were finally able to see him on the podium because I really think he should have been there in Sebring. Obviously, forces outside of our control stopped that from happening.
“I’m hoping with a little race experience on this track under his belt now, tomorrow he could really take control of the race, and we could see him lead. He definitely has it in him. I think we had the right setup for the No. 71. The crew did a great job there. The track will be different tomorrow again, it’s supposed to be a little cooler, and the race takes place a little earlier so we could see faster lap times.”
Race Two of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama takes place tomorrow Sunday, April 21, at 8:45 a.m. CT. Watch the race live on imsa.tv or by visiting imsa.com.