Frikadelli Racing sets eyes on third consecutive VLN victory on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife
• Porsche customer team dedicated to continue winning streak after the summer break
• Team principal Klaus Abbelen sharing #30 car with Felipe Laser and Lance David Arnold
• Norbert Siedler and Alex Müller racing the #31 Porsche
• Both Frikadelli 911 GT3 R obliged to take 20 kilograms weight on board for the six-hour race
With two consecutive overall victories before the summer break under its belt, Frikadelli Racing is well prepared for the highlight of this year’s endurance championship Nürburgring (VLN). Looking forward to the six-hour race this Saturday, the cult team from the village of Barweiler near the Nürburgring is relaxed as well as ambitious. The team is aiming for a victory hat-trick and wants to start the second half of the season with another top result.
The two Frikadelli Porsche will be driven by well-known crews. Felipe Laser (Leipzig), Lance David Arnold (Duisburg) and team principal Klaus Abbelen will share the #30 911 GT3 R. Norbert Siedler (A) and Alex Müller (Rees) take turns at the wheel of the #31 car. The crew may be complemented by Felipe Laser. The six-hour race starts on Saturday noon.
Frikadelli Racing took the five-week break since the fourth VLN leg to recharge their batteries. At the same time, the mechanics completely dismantled and revised both Porsche. In addition, the team carried out extensive chassis tests on KW automotive’s ultra-modern 7-post driving dynamics rig in order to tune the Porsche 911 GT3 R to the latest BoP (Balance of Performance) adjustment. The BoP raised the minimum weight of the race cars by 20 kilograms. On Friday before the race, the team will conduct further testing on the Nürburgring.
“After two VLN victories in a row, we are now the hunted ones,” expects team principal Klaus Abbelen. “Despite the 20 kilograms that we have to load for the six-hour race we want to remain at the top. We’re trying to make it as hard as possible for our rivals – that goes as well for the new 911 GT3 R, whose performance we’ll be watching closely.”
In 2018, the Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring (German for “endurance championship”) again consists of nine legs and started on March 24. The 4-hour races are held on Saturdays on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife plus the Grand Prix track’s short circuit that together form a 24.358 kilometre lap. The race on August, 18 will be this year’s only six-hour event. The season will end on October, 20. The 24-hour race on May, 12 and 13 was the undisputed highlight of the season even though it does not count towards the VLN championship. Competitors tackled a lap of 25.378 kilometres that consists of the Nordschleife plus the Grand Prix circuit without the stadium section.