Frikadelli Racing will start the six-hour Qualifying race to prepare for the classic Nürburgring 24 Hours
• Cult-Team from the Eifel region uses vast testing opportunity for further setup-work with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R
• Sabine Schmitz, Klaus Abbelen and Patrick Huisman will receive support from Frank Stippler who was already part of the team during the 24 Hours of Daytona
• 24 Hours-driver Norbert Siedler has to miss the Nürburgring-Test due to his commitment in the ADAC GT Masters
• More than twelve hours of action on the track plus GLP and RCN races – fans and spectators benefit from an attractive programme
On the spur of the moment: The next weekend, Frikadelli Racing will take part in the so-called ADAC Qualifying race for the 24 Hours-Highlight at the Nordschleife. Team boss Klaus Abbelen will share the Porsche 911 GT3 R with Sabine Schmitz, Patrick Huisman and Frank Stippler. The racing driver from Cologne steps in for the Austrian Norbert Siedler who at the same time will race in Oschersleben in the ADAC GT Masters. However, Siedler will contest the Nürburgring 24 Hours for Frikadelli Racing.
“We haven’t gained enough experience with the new 911 GT3 R during pre-season preparation as well as in the first round of the Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring yet", Abbelen explains the team’s decision to participate in the six-hour test-race. “Bad weather-conditions and several route blockings have upset our plans during the official test drives. And in the first VLN-race it was a damaged underbody that distorted all the data gathered. So we need to get more mileage to find the best set-up for the Porsche, having regard to the current ,Balance of Performance‘-measurement as well as to the new Michelin racing tyres. It is, of course, essential for us to make the optimal use of the tyres and its performance.”
It is not mandatory for starters of the Nürburgring 24 Hours to take part in the Qualifying race. But many teams use this as a welcome occasion to test their cars under real operating conditions. The five top scorers are rewarded with a starting place for the top-30-qualifying of the Eifel marathon race. The program starts next Saturday at 8.30 AM with a three-hour-test drive on the Grand Prix-circuit. Meanwhile, the GLP will race at the Nordschleife. Following the RCN, the first 130-minute-qualifying will start at 4.50 PM on the complete track – which means the Nordschleife including the GP-circuit. Action on Sunday starts with the second qualifying from 9.00 to 10.00 AM. The six-hour Qualifying race will start at 12.00 noon after a rough 20 minute warm-up lap. Fans and spectators will benefit from an exciting race-weekend with a tightly packed programme. Prices for a day pass starting from 15 Euros.
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