Lone Wolf: Race Two at VIR
ALTON, Va. (Aug. 19, 2018) - Park Place Motorsports driver David Kolkmann finished fifth for a points grab as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season closes in on its final two races of the 2018 season.
Kolkmann started Race Two in sixth place and maintained the position throughout the duration of the race. A good gap of time separated him from the top five and the back of the field. He ran the majority of his race without any challenge for the position. The front of the field stayed spread out the duration of the race until the final 10 minutes.
Lap traffic rejoined the top four Porsche GT3 Cup cars. As the lead position was swapped and defended by other competitors, Kolkmann continued his consistent pace. A final spin by the No. 7 of Maxwell Root gave Kolkmann his only advancement of the race. The fifth-place finish keeps Kolkmann in the top three of the Platinum Class points Championship and maintains his lead on Root. Root sits 20 points back from Kolkmann in third.
Kolkmann gained ground in the points championship after Race One Saturday, Aug. 18. After Race One he found himself 12 points behind second place and 34 behind first. Provisional points for Race Two have yet to be released.
“It was an easy race for me there wasn’t much to do,” Kolkmann said. “We just didn’t have the pace today. Something went in the wrong direction after the changes we made yesterday. We struggled a bit with tire pressure most of the race. I just didn’t have anybody around me to have an opportunity to advance. That was my race today.”
Meanwhile, Team Principal Patrick Lindsey had one eye on his Team Project 1 Porsche RSR while watching Kolkmann and his Eucon/Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. While Lindsey’s team was starting the Six Hours of Silverstone from pole in the GTE Am category, he was hoping to see Kolkmann get a shot to battle for the front of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA field.
“Today was a tough one for David,” Kolkmann said. “I wish we could have given him something to let him fight a little more, but I’m glad he kept it clean and got the points he needed to stay in the championship hunt. It didn’t look like a terrible day, just not a fun one I’m sure. A fifth-place finish is nothing to be upset about so he should be content. Onward to Sonoma.”
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama takes on Sonoma Raceway Sept. 14 to Sept. 16. The 2.52-mile track plays host to the penultimate race on the 2018 schedule and features two 45-minute sprint races. The Porsche series breaks away from the IMSA schedule this race as it compliments IndyCar on its final race weekend of the year.