Frikadelli Racing is again at the start in the Michelin Le Mans Cup
In the 2022 season, the Frikadelli Racing Team will continue the successfully started LMP3 prototype project. The team from Barweiler will once again compete in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and extend its involvement in the international series to all six race weekends. At the wheel of the Ligier JS P320, team boss Klaus Abbelen takes turns with Felipe Fernández Laser.
“Last year we entered the Michelin Le Mans Cup with Frikadelli Racing. Since then, the series has been a lot of fun for us with its large field of participants, consisting of LMP3 prototypes and GT3 cars, as well as an extremely attractive calendar. That's why we quickly made the decision to compete here again this season," explains Abbelen, who will have a new teammate at his side compared to last year in Felipe Fernández Laser.
Laser already knows the Frikadelli Racing team very well from many joint and successful GT3 appearances on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in recent years. Now the racing driver from Leipzig is about to make his debut in the LMP3 vehicle. “I am very much looking forward to contesting the entire season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup together with Klaus and Frikadelli Racing. After having sporadically completed test drives in such vehicles over the last few years, it is all the more wonderful that I will now actually be making my racing debut in prototype sport. It will be an exciting task and I hope that we can experience some successes together.”
The season opener of the Michelin Le Mans Cup takes place on April 16 in Le Castellet (France) before it continues around a month later in Imola (Italy). This is followed on June 11th by the “Road to Le Mans” (France) as part of the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans, the big highlight of the series. Last year, Frikadelli Racing was able to achieve the best result of the season within the series with tenth place overall. Other stops on the program are Monza (Italy), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and the final weekend in Portimao (Portugal).
A total of five of the six race events of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will again be held on the same weekend as the European Le Mans Series and will each cover a race distance of two hours. The only exception here is the special event "Road to Le Mans" in the run-up to the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans. Two races of 55 minutes each take place here, which take place shortly before the start of the actual long-distance classic and thus “without pandemic conditions”, usually in front of a dream crowd of up to 250,000 spectators.