Ligier JS P320 #30

  • Klaus Abbelen

    Klaus Abbelen

    Ligier JS P320 #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.