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Porsche 991 GT3 R #30

  • Sabine Schmitz - SPEEDBEE

    Sabine Schmitz - SPEEDBEE

    Porsche 991 GT3 R #30

    Birthday: 14.05.1969
    Domicile: Barweiler (DE)
    Familiy status: unmarried
    Business: self-employed in motor sports
    Hobbies: ranch, helikopter, diving

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    German racing fans tend to call Sabine Schmitz the "Queen of the Nordschleife”. The long-standing girl-friend of team-owner Klaus Abbelen has been with Frikadelli Racing from the outset. The daunting Nürburgring Nordschleife is her second home. She grew up in the race track’s immediate vicinity and got to know the most famous racing drivers as guests in her parents’ hotel "Am Tiergarten”. As soon as she could grab her mother’s car’s steering wheel, she tackled the Nordschleife and started to hone her unmistakable talent.

    In 1990, she entered her first competitive series, the predecessor of the Circuit Challenge Nürburgring. In her debut season she won three races and repeated this feat in her second year. At the same time Schmitz proved to also be fast on other tracks than the Nordschleife, winning the Ford Fiesta Mixed Cup’s Ladies category. In 1992, Schmitz won the overall championship along Thomas Marschall.

    Despite her appearances in the South African Touring Car Cup 1995 or Brazilian sports car races 1999, the Nordschleife was and remains Schmitz favorite stomping ground. She competes in the Langstreckenmeisterschaft (VLN) and the 24-hour race, which she sensationally won in 1996 as the first woman ever. Sabine repeated this victory in the following year; in 1998 she triumphed in the VLN overall standings – again as the first woman driver.

    In the following years, Sabine was mainly known for her fearless rides at the „Ring Taxi’s" wheel. Thousands of enthusiastic passengers have since witnessed her skill and learned what fear is. It is estimated that Sabine Schmitz has now more than 30,000 laps on one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging race tracks under her belt

    It was at the wheel of the Frikadelli-Porsche 911 GT3 alongside Klaus Abbelen that Sabine returned to the VLN. Since then the Barweiler-based team has assembled more than 20 top-3 results including seven overall victories. Her guest appearance in the World touring Car Championship WTCC attracted world-wide attention when she drove a privately-entered car to a top-10 result on the Nordschleife.

    Besides being an enthusiastic helicopter pilot and horse rider, Sabine has won the attention of a global TV audience presenting several car magazines and appearing as special guest in British cult format "Top Gear”.

  • Klaus Abbelen

    Klaus Abbelen

    Porsche 991 GT3 R #30

    Birthday: 15.09.1960
    Domicile: Barweiler (DE)
    Familiy status: unmarried
    Business: Businessman
    Hobbies: Motorsport, own racing team

    Klaus Abbelen started his career in motorsports on two wheels. Between 1979 and 1986 the entrepreneur used to ride racing bikes. Not being afraid of heavy machinery, he even ended up third overall in the German road Racing Series’ Superbike class.

    In the following years he was very much occupied managing his aspiring company. In 1998 however, he came back – this time in a racing car. P4 overall in the Ferrari-Porsche Challenge was a nice success in his maiden year. P2 and P3 in the next two seasons were followed by a championship win in his Porsche 911 GT2. Abbelen decided it was time to enter more professional racing series.

    Accordingly he turned to the FIA GT World Championship 2003 and raced a Dodge Viper GTS-R alongside Dutchmen Arjan and Rob van der Zwaan. Second place in Donington and some more top-10 finishes were fine achievements in an otherwise character-building season. After five races in 2004, Klaus parted with Zwaan’s Racing and joined Konrad Motorsport to drive a Saleen S7-R in the 1,000 Kilometres Nürburging which then formed a part of the Le Mans Series.

    For the 2005 season Abbelen returned to his beloved 911 and took part in eight races of the Porsche Supercup. Being a support race to Formula One grands prix, the series is dominated by professional racing drivers. Abbelen did very well in this highly environment and ended up 13th overall despite missing four races and retiring once.

    At the same time, Abbelen formed his own team Frikadelli Racing. Together with his girl-friend Sabine Schmitz he tackled the Langstreckenmeisterschaft VLN, held on the Nürburgring. The duo used a modified version of the Supercup Porsche GT3 and became fourth overall in the series’ last two races of the season. The amateur musician, horse rider and chopper pilot had finally arrived on the Nordschleife. Since then, the Frikadelli Porsche is a fixture in the VLN – where it has won seven races so far – and in the 24-hour race on the same track. In this endurance classic the "world’s fastest meatball” even made it to the podium in 2008.

  • Alex Müller

    Alex Müller

    Porsche 991 GT3 R #30

    Birthday: 20.01.1979
    Domicile: Bottighofen (CH)
    Business: Racing driver, Instructor
    Hobbies: sports, wakeboarding, jet skiing

    Alex Müller gathered first experience in kart races in 1989 and became vice world champion in 1994. One year later he competed in the Formula Junior. His career continued until he drove in the Formula 3000 and was able to do some F1-tests. In 2005 he achieved so win the Italian Formula 3 championship.

    Since 2004 Müller has been a GT-driver and now is well established. He competed in the GT1-World Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series and started in the 24 hour races in Le Mans, Spa and on the Nürburgring several times. He inherited his love for the Nordschleife from his father, who took him there on a regular basis.

    In 2020 Müller goes into his fourth year with Frikadelli Racing and targets some more good results in the "Green Hell". In addition to that he races historic Group-C cars in some races.

  • Lance David Arnold

    Lance David Arnold

    Porsche 991 GT3 R #30

    Birthday: 08.06.1986
    Domicile: Duisburg (DE)
    Business: Racing driver, Instructor
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    With Lance David Arnold, a proven Nordschleife specialist will return to Frikadelli Racing in 2020. In 2018 he was already a regular driver and, together with the team of Klaus Abbelen & Sabine Schmitz, was able to achieve two race wins in the VLN. Overall, Arnold has been at the top of the podium nine times in the famous racing series.

    After starting in karting, Formula BMW and the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup, Arnold's career with Porsche really took off in 2005. Successful years followed in the Porsche one-make cups before he devoted himself more and more to GT racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In the "Green Hell" Arnold has won numerous victories and podium finishes with Porsche and Mercedes in the past few years. In the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring he finished second 2014 and twice third in the overall classification (2012, 2016).

    In parallel to these missions on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Arnold also started in many other racing series, such as in the ADAC GT Masters, the 24h Series or the International GT Open.

    In 2020 Arnold will try to further expand his successes together with Frikadelli Racing.