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New Park Place: Veteran Porsche Team Adds GT3 Cup Challenge USA Program

Park Place Motorsports continues its growth spurt as it enters the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama with driver David Kolkmann. It marks both the debut of Park Place in the one-make series, which utilizes the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and Kolkmann (Germany) who is making the step up to the series after competing in Carrera Cup Germany. The pairing will debut at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season-opening rounds on March 14 and 15 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Kolkmann joins the team for a full season of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA in the No. 71 Porsche GT3 Cup 911. This is his first-time racing in North America. His arrival was orchestrated in part with a continuation of Park Place Motorsports’ relationship with Project 1. Project 1 ran Kolkmann Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and will run Team Principal Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) beginning in 2018.

Kolkmann competed in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. His highest achievement came last year at Austria’s Red Bull Ring where he picked up a third-place finish. Before sports car racing, he raced in German Automobile Club ADAC Formula Masters and Formula 4 open wheel series.

The move to America is in step with Kolkmann’s evolution of his race craft giving him the opportunity to learn new tracks and new tires with the same car he loves. Kolkmann has been preparing for the challenges of firsts that lay ahead of him by spending time on the simulator exploring each track. Ahead of his first race at Sebring International Raceway, Kolkmann has watched plenty of video to prepare him for the bumps of America’s oldest road course.

Round 1 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama takes place over the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advanced Auto Parts weekend, March 14-17. For added drama to Kolkmann’s first race weekend, he’ll be racing against all of North America as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama joins the field. The weekend features two 45-minute sprint races on the 3.74-mile track.

David Kolkmann, Driver, No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

“I always wanted to race in America. There are some great tracks and I think it’s a good way to develop myself as a driver. I always loved Porsche cars, and I think racing in the Porsche one-make championships is the best way to show good results to become factory driver one day. For me, it’s also the best way to be quick in any car. If you are quick in a Porsche Cup Car, you should be quick in every car.”

“I’m more than excited. It’ll be a completely new situation for me, but that gives me even more motivation to push myself to the maximum. I have to say thank you to Hans-Bernd Kamps and Axel Funke at Project 1 and of course to Team Park Place Motorsports and Patrick Lindsey, for making it all work.”

Source. Porsche

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