Kolkmann began the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race from sixth, the near perfect spot to maneuver around spinning cars that rearranged the field on lap two. The No. 1 Porsche of Roman de Angelis attempted a pass for third and while doing so made contact. The No. 1 and No. 91 of Anthony Imperato spun off into the inside. While trying to continue the No. 1 was kept off track by the No. 3 of points leader Trenton Estep.
Kolkmann followed Estep past the incident to collect fourth. The No. 71 Eucon/Park Place Porsche GT3 Cup went side by side with the No. 3 Porsche but Kolkmann tucked his Porsche back in behind Estep as they approached Turn 3. Kolkmann kept Estep close throughout the duration of Race One but never had the opportunity to pass for a podium position.
With two minutes remaining, two competitors in the back of the field came together causing a full course caution; the race ended under yellow.
“The race went well today,” Kolkmann said. “I did not gain any positions at the start. I tried to worry less about my tire pressures and focus more on my line and who was in front of me. On the second lap, Imperato and De Angelis made a mistake into Turn One, and I was able to get past them.
“Our car was very strong for the first half of the race, so I was catching Trenton Estep and Max Root. I started struggling during the second half, but we finished well and received good points so overall it was a good race. We will see if we can do better tomorrow.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey followed Kolkmann from Silverstone Circuit where he and Team Project 1 qualified on pole for the Six Hours of Silverstone.
“This field set some fast lap times,” Lindsey said. “I’m always impressed with how tough the competition is and today was no different. David kept it clean. The kid just never drops a wheel. He did a great job taking advantage of others mistakes and giving himself better track position.
“This time of year, it’s all about the points. There’s no more time left to make up for mistakes so to see him finishing consistently in the top five is great. The crew did a great job giving him a car to battle with; we’ll see what they put together tomorrow.”
Sunday, Aug. 19 presents another opportunity for Kolkmann to take home a win. Race Two is set to take place at 9:15 a.m. ET. The race prefaces the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. Tune in to IMSA.tv to stream the race live or follow scoring.imsa.com for race progress.
Source. Park Place Motorsports