Kolkmann for the Win
BIRMINGHAM (April 22, 2018) –David Kolkmann brought home his and Park Place Motorsports first win in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Kolkmann learned his lesson from his second-place finish in Race One, make your move early. At the drop of the green flag, he advanced overtaking Race One winner Roman de Angelis of Kelly Moss in Turn 1. From that turn forward it was Kolkmann who set the pace.
Kolkmann kept the competition behind him nearby while making it through lap traffic. The anticipated precipitation began to appear in areas of the track. Steady eyes watched the skies as the rain started to pick up and the drivers continued around the track on slick tires. Meanwhile, Kolkmann maintained his lead and expanded the gap to second place as he approached clear track.
With 20 minutes remaining in the 45-minute sprint race, a caution was called to retrieve a car off in the gravel of Turn 5. With the rain picking up across the entirety of the track and the cars slowed water accumulated on the course. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge field ran the remainder of the race under caution.
"The whole team did a great job this weekend, and I'm very happy I could capitalize on the car they gave me," Kolkmann said. "We improved the car in every session and had a very good qualifying and race pace. To finish this weekend with a win means a lot to me. That's the result we were pushing for.
"Once the rain started, I had to be really careful, because I was leading the race and had to find out how much grip I had. Every corner was different, and it changed from lap to lap. It would have been an interesting restart I think. But we got the job done anyway. I'm very happy for Park Place and myself of course as well. I want to say thanks for all the messages and the support from everyone, also from Germany."
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey spent Race Two back in the Barber Motorsports Park PA booth. As he enthusiastically called the race from the booth, he was anxiously anticipating the restart that never came.
"It was hard to not be biased today with David out front," Lindsey said. "He did a great job just getting on it right away today. He kept the leader close and then took it right from the start. It's kind of cliché, but he ran his race today. I think Roman was doing everything he could to get to David, but he's solid. The kid looks ahead of him and is gone. He made the whole team proud today, and I'm sure his sponsors were excited to see him get his first win here in America."
Kolkmann gets another shot to add points to his current accumulation in two short weeks at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. May 4-6 the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will race Round 5 and Round 6 on the 2.4-mile track in Lexington, Ohio. The race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv, for a full weekend schedule visit imsa.com.