Cautions Delay Kolkmann's Charge
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 30, 2018) –Park Place Motorsports and David Kolkmann finished fourth in Race Two at Watkins Glen International for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Lengthy cautions kept Kolkmann in check from advancing past fourth due to over the course of the 45-minute sprint race. In total only five of 16 laps were run under green. A majority of the race was spent under yellow due to two cars coming together on lap three. Kolkmann started Race Two, fifth after a last-minute flyer by the No. 12 of Geoffrey Boss bumped him out of his fourth-place position from qualifying.
With little time to plan an attack, Kolkmann made an excellent show challenging the No. 1 of Roman de Angelis for third place. Kolkmann went side-by-side with de Angelis for a lap, but de Angelis came out ahead as they made their way out of Turn 2. Race Two ended under yellow due to a car making contact with a wall after having contact with another Porsche.
“The car was a lot better today,” Kolkmann said. “I was able to stay close to the guys at the front. I battled with them. The front tire pressures were a bit too high. Under the cautions, I tried to cool them down a bit. It worked. Unfortunately, we had a lot of safety cars in this race, like three or four. We only had a few race laps in total. We couldn’t really race today, but I think a podium would have been possible.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey had wished the race was a full hour rather than 45 minutes, agreeing with the logic of Kolkmann. A podium would have been the best way to cap off the weekend at Watkins Glen but staying clean through a caution-plagued race was a good consolation prize.
“Gutted he didn’t get a little more green flag time today, but David did a great job,” Lindsey said. “I think he could have answered de Angelis if the last caution hadn’t come out. There were quite a few incidents, but he stayed clean. In a race like this with so much damage, you can be happy to walk away without a scratch. He still finished up in the field, so we earned good points this weekend. Can’t be upset with that or his performance today. We’re looking forward to Road America.”
Now in the middle of his first year of racing in the United States Kolkmann has experienced his bucket list of tracks he wanted to race in America. Road America designates another check on the list. Rounds nine and 10 take place in, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Aug. 3-5. For a detailed schedule of the weekend view http:/imsa.com.