Park Place Motorsports Fastest Porsche in MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
SEBRING, Florida (March 15, 2019) – Park Place Motorsports battled through unknown issues to finish 17th in the GS class, the highest finishing Porsche for the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, Round Two of the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge.
Sebring International Raceway provided many challenges for the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, but drivers Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman rose above them all. Alas, it was their own machine that stunted their advances this weekend. The No. 7 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR showed symptoms of being down on power and imbalance. The cause of the issues is still being sorted by the team.
Issues aside Brynjolfsson and Hindman ended the race with a few accomplishments to their names. They were the highest finishing Porsche of the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120. Hindman turned the fastest lap of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR entries at a lap time of 2:13.043. The car competed as high as ninth in the field before settling with its 17th place finish.
Thursday, March 28 the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring will air on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET. The No. 7 VOLT Lighting Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR returns to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge action at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course May 3-5. For a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.
Mike Johnson, Park Place Motorsports Director of Race Operations
"Obviously we expected a better result coming into this race," Johnson said. "We did a lot of testing and felt confident heading into the weekend. We also had a lot of momentum coming in from our wins at COTA and St. Pete in the other series. That being said we were able to go fast all weekend, but we either missed something or there was an issue with the car so we couldn’t keep the pace we needed in the race.
“We don’t know yet if it is engine related, tired related or suspension related. This is Sebring so it could be any or all of those things. Alan did a great job in his stint though. He went out, kept it clean and brought the car in exactly when he needed to. Trent reported issues once he got in that unfortunately, we couldn't sort out before the end of the race. The good news is this car has over a month till its next race at Mid-Ohio so we can take it back and sort it out."
Alan Brynjolfsson, Driver of the No. 7 Volt Lighting 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
"We were the fastest Porsche and best finishing Porsche," Brynjolfsson said. "With that in mind, we were still sixteenth overall. However, it's hard to be upset or disappointed when you know you did the absolute best you could. Trent is the pole qualifying GTD driver so it’s clear that driving ability was not the problem here. Overall I think this weekend went great and we can only go up from here.
Trent Hindman, Driver of the No. 7 Volt Lighting 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
"This weekend we performed well not just as drivers, but as a whole Park Place Motorsports team," Hindman said. "From the start of the week, we were chasing a problem that left us low on power and speed that we never could quite diagnose. Overall we got the quickest lap of the Porsche's as well as the top finishing Porsche. When you're having problems with the car like we were it's important to look ahead towards the championship. I knew I needed to just stay consistent and collect as many points as I could. You'll have your days and I'm glad to get them out of the way so we can move forward. It's a shame to not be able to win at Alan's home track but we can ultimately take what we learned and use it to do better at Mid Ohio.”