Frikadelli Racing will field two Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pro category in 2021
The Frikadelli Racing Team will attack at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the 2021 season with two Porsche 911 GT3 R and a purely professional crew. The team of Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz is aiming for a top position in the legendary 24h race (June 5th / 6th, 2021) with a top-class driver squad consisting of a number of current and former Porsche works drivers as well as proven long-distance specialists. In order to be ideally prepared for the big season highlight, races for the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and the 6h qualifying race will also be contested.
“We are really looking forward to the new season. Thanks to the support of Porsche, we have an extremely strong driver squad available for the races on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. We will prepare even more intensively in order to strive for top positions. In terms of driving, I will primarily focus on the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2021, but this does not rule out sporadic appearances in other racing series over the course of the year, ”explains team boss Klaus Abbelen.
One of the two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs is shared by Porsche works drivers Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet together with two reigning overall winners of the Spa-Francorchamps 24h, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy. In the sister vehicle, Porsche works driver Frédéric Makowiecki, Dennis Olsen, Patrick Pilet and Maxime Martin take turns.
With the exception of the two-time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Earl Bamber, who will join the Frikadelli Racing Team as a new addition, all drivers from the eight-man driver line-up have already taken their seats in the cockpit of the "fastest meatball in the world" in the past. Mathieu Jaminet, Dennis Olsen and Nick Tandy in particular have fond memories here. Together with Frikadelli Racing, the driver trio made history when they clinched the driver and manufacturer title in the Intercontinental GT Challenge for Porsche with overall victory at the 9h Kyalami 2019.
For his part, Patrick Pilet was also jointly responsible for two historic moments for Frikadelli Racing. In 2013 and 2014, the Frenchman spun at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in the first two overall victories of the Barweiler team in the VLN endurance championship. Similar to Matt Campbell, who was last in 2019 in the team of Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz, he will be in this This season will celebrate his comeback at Frikadelli Racing.
Frédéric Makowiecki and Maxime Martin were on board for the first time last year. While Makowiecki was in action at the successful 24h debut of Frikadelli Racing in Spa-Francorchamps, Martin grabbed the steering wheel at some races on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In 2021, both drivers will be part of the driver squad again.
Porsche Cayman GT4 is again at the start in the Nürburgring endurance series
In addition to the two GT3 vehicles, the Frikadelli Racing Team is again racing a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (Type 982) in the NLS this season, which Hendrik von Danwitz and "Jules" will share. After winning the title together in 2018 in the Porsche Cayman GT4 classification (Type 981), they successfully switched to the new model last year and were able to gain valuable experience. In 2021, the well-established driver duo with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (Type 982) now wants to be at the forefront of the Pro-Am class on a permanent basis.