Kolkmann Shows Speed, Skill at Sebring
SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2018) - But does your driver wrench?
After a complication with his engine in Race One David Kolkmann worked overnight alongside Park Place Motorsports mechanics rebuilding the No. 71 Porsche 911 GT3 to his liking for Race Two. However, Day Two at Sebring International Raceway was none kinder after a spinning competitor ended Kolkmann's race early. He finished 14th and 12th in Race One and Race Two respectively.
Kolkmann's results from his first weekend in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama do not do his multifaceted effort justice. Kolkmann showed a level of veteran skill atypical of developmental series drivers. Whether it was from his mechanical know-how or racecraft, he held the attention of the paddock.
In qualifying, Kolkmann wheeled the No. 71 Porsche 911 GT3 to a second-place start. From second place Kolkmann held his position completing his first rolling start. Kolkmann fought oversteer and tested pushing the limits of his Yokohama Tires in Race One. He was positioned to take home a podium finish when his engine shutdown with seven corners remaining on the last lap. Kolkmann was far enough up front to finish 14th in the Platinum Class.
Overnight, Kolkmann stayed at the track with mechanics rebuilding the No. 71 Porsche until nearly midnight. His mechanical skill knowledge traces back to his go-karting days. His then team manager took Kolkmann under his wing and taught him the ins and outs of cars. Kolkmann has expanded his knowledge since then by continuing to learn from team mechanics. The unfortunate incident led to a learning moment for Kolkmann.
Kolkmann took more understanding into Race Two, gaining comfort in the ability of his car and tires. Due to the changes made to the car he was forced to start from the back of the field but was unbothered by the traffic. In the first 20 minutes of the 45-minute race, Kolkmann maneuvered his way to sixth overall from 35th. However, on the final lap of the race, the No. 7 of Wright Motorsports spun and made contact with the left rear section of the No. 71 Porsche. Kolkmann limped back to pit lane where his race was deemed over.
"This weekend we made a lot of imp