Kolkmann Battles Seasons at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 29, 2018) –Park Place Motorsports and David Kolkmann stayed steady to finish fourth in Race One of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama action at Watkins Glen International.
Kolkmann qualified and finished fourth for Race One. Though, not the outcome he challenged for it was a consistent effort. Consistency is often hard to come by at Watkins Glen International. Over the course of the last two days, Kolkmann has raced in nearly every season at Watkins Glen.
Cold and wet best described Thursday’s practice sessions while cool and dry described qualifying in the early morning hours. However, summer was in full force for Race One with ambient temperatures into the eighties, and track temperatures were hovering around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. With the forecast for Race Two showing similar temperatures Kolkmann will have the data he needs for a successful Race Two.
“The start was good I overtook two cars by Turn 3,” Kolkmann said. “We struggled with tire pressures, in the beginning, I had no grip at all. So, I couldn’t hold the positions. Then toward the end of the race, I made one, two mistakes. I braked too late and locked up. Max (Root) passed me, and I couldn’t make up the position. I think overall from the beginning on we didn’t have the tires, and the heat was part of that. As the day gets hotter, the track gets worse.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey believes tire pressure will prove to be an easy fix for Race Two and expects to see Kolkmann back on the podium. Kolkmann was a fixture on the podium from Round 3 to Round 6. Race One was the first time Kolkmann had finished below second since the opening rounds at Sebring International Raceway.
“I’m proud of my guy and his work today,” Lindsey said. “It’s still a good finish for points in the championship. This was truly his first session here in the dry in this car. We learned a lot about how this car reacts to high temperatures and how it behaves in the dry. We’ll be prepared for Race Two tomorrow, and we’ll get David back where he belongs, on the top of the podium. He did a great job today considering he had no experience to go off before the race.”
Before this weekend, Kolkmann had tested at Watkins Glen in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Before Race One at The Glen he had never run in the dry for longer than the 15-minutes of qualifying earlier in the day. During Race One Kolkmann turned a few fast laps during his fight, he will start fourth again for Race Two.
The weekend wraps up with Round 8. Race Two takes place Saturday, June 29, at 9:20 a.m. ET. To follow race action for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama visit scoring.imsa.com or imsa.tv. For results visit results.imsa.com. Look for Kolkmann in the No. 71 Eucon Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.