Tastes Like Champagne: Racing at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 5, 2018) –David Kolkmann got a taste of champagne rather than cheese curds at Road America, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kolkmann and Park Place Motorsports finished the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama weekend with a podium celebration after narrowly holding on to second place in Race Two. After a stalemate in Race One, starting and finishing Race Two fifth Kolkmann was on the hunt for a bit more excitement on his new favorite track.
Starting from sixth, Kolkmann began his climb up the field immediately following the green flag. On lap one he made the move from sixth to fourth, leaping ahead of the No. 1 of Roman de Angelis and the No. 7 of Maxwell Root. Kolkmann was then hot on the heels of Trenton Estep and his No. 3 Porsche.
Kolkmann and his No. 71 Eucon/Park Place Porsche GT3 Cup took over third with 25 minutes remaining in the 45-minute sprint race. At this moment the top three in the Platinum Class points championship were neck and neck with fragments of a second splitting Kolkmann, Trenton Estep and de Angelis.
Minutes later, Kolkmann attempted to build a gap between de Angelis and Estep by overtaking the No. 91 of Anthony Imperato for second place. A clear track laid ahead of Kolkmann, but a battle was building off his rear wing. Estep made his way around Imperato for third and set his sights on Kolkmann.
Kolkmann fought off Estep for the final 10 minutes of Race Two. The two Porsches went side by side through the first turns of the last lap. In Turn 5 Kolkmann would solidify his lead and cross the finish line with Estep attached to his back bumper.
“The setup was very good, and I was able to race from the start,” Kolkmann said. “I was able to push and overtake two cars at the start. Over time, my tires were slower from all the battles, so I tried to manage the wear. I was able to do it, and we got second. Trenton was very close behind so I’m glad the race ended when it did. It was a good day.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey expected to see Kolkmann back on the podium and felt his finish was no surprise.
“The kid never puts a wheel wrong,” Lindsey said. “I knew he had the car and the talent to get to the front. He really had a tough battle on his hands with Trenton. David did a great job holding him off to the end. Another good weekend for points that’ll help him in the championship. Hats off to the Moorespeed guys on their win, no one had a chance against that bullet they put together.”
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama next competes at VIRginia International Raceway Aug. 17-19. The weekend is the third to final race in the 2018 season and will be imminent in forging the final landscape of the points championship. For a detailed schedule visit imsa.com.