Debut at the 'Road to Le Mans'
On the coming weekend, Frikadelli Racing will start as planned at the “Road to Le Mans”, the big highlight of the season of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. For the team of team boss Klaus Abbelen it is the first outing after the terrible flood disaster and the associated cancellation of the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
“In the past few weeks, dealing with the flood disaster was the top priority, especially because our team members in the family / circle of friends were directly affected. With a little distance to the tragic events, we have all made the decision together to return to racing. It was important to me that the timing is chosen so that it is okay for all team members, ”says team boss Klaus Abbelen, who will share the cockpit of the # 30 Ligier JS P320 with Axcil Jefferies. For the two drivers, after the Michelin Le Mans Cup debut in Monza in mid-July, it will be their second appearance with the new LMP3 vehicle.
“At our premiere in Monza we were able to gather a lot of experience and we have continuously improved from day to day. We were extremely satisfied with our pace in the early stages of the race. At Le Mans we want to build on this and take another step forward, ”continued Abbelen. His team-mate Axcil Jefferies explains: “It was always a big dream of mine to contest a race at Le Mans, now I have the opportunity to do so. The first laps on this unique route will therefore certainly be a very special experience. When we made our debut in Monza, we worked very well together as a team. Now it is important for us to build on this and continue to drive the development process forward with a similar amount of energy. "
At the highlight of the season of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, a packed starting field of a total of 46 vehicles is expected. In the LMP3 category, in which the Frikadelli Racing Team competes, there are 35 cars alone. The starting shot on the 13.6 km long course in western France will be given on Wednesday with two free practice sessions before qualifying for the two 55-minute races on Thursday morning. The first run will take place on Thursday evening from 7:30 p.m., the second run will follow on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and thus immediately before the start of the 89th edition of the 24h of Le Mans.