Kolkmann Fights to the Front for Second Place
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 5, 2018) – David Kolkmann continued a podium streak with a second-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Kolkmann’s No. 71 Eucon Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was strong start to finish but showed significantly more speed toward the end of the 45-minute sprint. Nearly every lap Kolkmann turned was faster than the last over the course of the race. His Yokohama Tires never relinquishing a second on the track.
Starting from fourth, Kolkmann overtook the No. 1 of Roman De Angelis in a cloud of quick dry dust left behind by the previous series. He fought De Angelis lap for lap to maintain his third-place position. Kolkmann built a gap behind him while reeling in the leaders.
Kolkmann was placing himself in position when a full course caution came out for the No. 19 of Will Hardeman who found himself in a gravel trap with 15 minutes remaining. On the restart, Kolkmann defended and maintained third place and again hunted down the leaders. Once back up front, he positioned himself to overcome the No. 91 of Anthony Imperato for second place while Trenton Estep took his No. 3 to the front for the race win.
“The car was a lot better than it was in practice and the qualifying sessions,” Kolkmann said. “I managed to get Roman on the outside on the start in Turn 4. I tried to get a gap on him which worked out nicely. When the safety car came out, I was able to get a really good restart. I was able to put pressure on Imperato. I out-braked him in Turn 4. The Park Place guys gave me a great car, and I am looking forward to tomorrow and Race Two.”
Nearly, 4,000-miles away in Belgium Team Principal Patrick Lindsey sent Kolkmann congratulations after he finished the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener, 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. A rough day for Lindsey after his team battled fuel pressure issues was made a little better seeing his Park Place Motorsports team succeed.
“He’s becoming a Park Place driver now,” Lindsey said. “Not too bad of a finish. I followed the race by listening to IMSA Radio, and the coverage was great. I got excited when I heard David made the pass for second. I would have loved to have heard he made a pass for first, but he’ll have a shot at the winner tomorrow in Race Two. I’d love to see him get another win under his belt. He’s really impressive and so early in the season. I’m just really happy for David and Park Place.”
Kolkmann brought home a second-place finish in Race One at Barber Motorsports Park a week and a half ago, followed by his first win in Race Two. Kolkmann will hope to follow that pattern when the green flag drops for Race Two tomorrow, May 5, at 9:15 a.m. ET. The race will be live streamed on IMSA.tv.