Marco Seefried enhances Frikadelli Racing‘s driver line-up
• Bavarian-born professional has been racing Porsche 911s since 2002 and has vast experience in endurance racing and competing on the Nürburgring
• Marco Seefried: “Frikadelli Racing is a special team that is highly regarded by the fans”
• Klaus Abbelen: “Thanks to his immense natural speed, consistency and experience, Marco will become a valuable asset for our team”
Barweiler, March 21, 2018. Frikadelli Racing is announcing another enhancement of their driver line-up for the upcoming season on the Nürburgring Nordschleife: The cult team from the village of Barweiler near the „Ring“ signed Marco Seefried, a proven Porsche specialist. The 42-year-old professional racer from Oettingen in Bavaria knows the demanding Eifel track like the back of his hand. In 2007, Seefried entered the endurance championship VLN and the 24-hour race in the “Green hell” for the first time. In 2016 he took second place at the 24-hour classic – until the final lap his team even had an overall victory within grasp.
Now Seefried has set his eyes on doing that one place better with Frikadelli Racing. From the second VLN leg onwards he will drive on e of the two team’s Porsche 911 GT3 Rs. For the long journey from his chosen home in Austria to the Nürburgring Seefried can share a car with his new team mate Norbert Siedler: The other Frikadelli racer is Seefried’s landlord and neighbour in the small town of Waldschönau.
“As far as I'm concerned, the season can finally start. I’m very much looking forward to race a Porsche 911 GT3 R on the Nordschleife”, says Marco Seefried. Beyond several VLN legs and the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring, the Bavarian-born will also compete in the Blancpain Endurance Series this year. “Frikadelli Racing is a special team that is highly regarded by the fans. Now my wish to one day drive for Klaus Abbelen’s and Sabine Schmitz’s team comes true.”
“Marco is a great racer with a Porsche history that stretches back from the Supercup one-make series to the world endurance championship”, says team principal Klaus Abbelen. “He brings enormous natural speed and high consistency as well as vast experience with him. This combination will definitely help our team. At the moment we are planning to contest the second VLN leg, the six-hour qualification race und the 24-hour classic with him. We will see what might follow after that program.”
In 2018, the Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring (German for “endurance championship”) again consists of nine legs. The 4-hour races are held on Saturdays on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife plus the Grand Prix track’s short circuit that together form a 24.358 kilometre lap. The race on August, 18 will be this year’s only six-hour event. The season will end on October, 20. The 24-hour race on May, 12 and 13 is the undisputed highlight of the season. Competitors will then tackle a lap of 25.378 kilometres that consist of the Nordschleife plus the Grand Prix circuit without the stadium section.