Kolkmann Capitalizes on Error at Sonoma
The championship battle took a turn in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama action at Sonoma Raceway.
For Park Place Motorsports Sonoma Raceway did not provide the ideal weekend for driver David Kolkmann of Munster, Germany. Kolkmann finished Race One sixth after starting from the fourth position and finished Race Two fourth after starting the race sixth. After post-race inspection removed the win from the No. 19 of Moorespeed Kolkmann received third.
The bump to third gave Kolkmann a 20-point lead over Max Root of Wright Motorsports who sits fourth in points. Kolkmann is now 19 points behind Roman de Angelis of Kelly Moss who is second. With 393 points Kolkmann is 50 points back from current points leader Trenton Estep of JDX Racing.
In Race One Kolkmann dealt with a defective fuel pump. The issue kept him from battling further to the front of the field at the end of the race. Race Two went without problem for Park Place Motorsports. However, the race began with a long yellow due to two separate race incidents. Kolkmann benefited from the outcome of contact between the No. 91 and No. 7 of Wright Motorsports, taking over fourth after the two cars came together.
Kolkmann held on to fourth for 30 minutes of green racing, ultimately keeping himself in the fight for a top spot in the championship.
“Race Two was much better overall I think,” Kolkmann said. “We changed a bit on setup for today’s race. The fuel pump issue cost us a bit of lap time at the end of Race One. I had a good start to Race Two. I went from P6 to P4 due to the incident which was good. I just tried to save my tires over the long yellow. Which worked out, at the restart I was able to push the guys in front of me. We finished fourth in the end but the car was good, and we took a step in the right direction.”
Park Place Motorsports Team Principal Patrick Lindsey was on hand this weekend to watch over Kolkmann.
“You never want to earn a podium like how we did today,” Lindsey said. “This is a great field with talented drivers, and I expect we’ll see another solid show at Road Atlanta. We’d like to see David on the podium and for him to get that mojo back. I know we’ll fight to finish this season on a high note. We have one of the best crews out there, and I believe David is a capable driver. We bring a full team for one GT3 Cup Car because we’re serious about our quality of car we put on track.”
Park Place Motorsports and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama’s final race weekend of 2018 is Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans weekend Oct. 10-13. The Porsche series runs in unison with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in which Park Place Motorsports will run the No. 73 Porsche GT3 R in the GT Daytona class. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama finale boasts two 45-minute sprint races and will determine class champions. For a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.