Expert for special cases: Felipe Laser strengthens Frikadelli Racing's driver squad
• 29 year old racing driver from Leipzig has gained a lot of development experience at the wheel of the Glickenhaus SCG 003
• Felipe Laser: "I really want to win the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife – and in 2018, I think it’s Porsche's turn!"
• Team Principal Klaus Abbelen: "It’s great to have signed with Felipe another very ambitious racer"
Frikadelli Racing's driver line-up for the season opener of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN) and for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is becoming more and more concrete. Following the engagement of Lance David Arnold (31, Duisburg) another driver has now been appointed: Felipe Laser is moving to the Porsche 911 GT3 R of the popular Eifel team. The 29-year-old from Leipzig, who has completed his engineering studies, has made a name for himself in recent years at the Nürburgring especially at the wheel of the Glickenhaus SCG 003. In 2017 he reached the provisional pole position in the first qualifying session for the 24-hour qualifying race with the spectacular prototype. Laser seems to be a specialist for exotic racing cars in general: In 2017, he also competed with the spectacular Renault RS01 on the Nordschleife. In addition, he also raced for Schuberth-BMW and Manthey Racing. However, the driving instructor of the Porsche plant in Leipzig learned his motorsport skills in the 911: In 2012 and 2013 he was racing in the Carrera Cup Germany.
“Just like me, Frikadelli Racing is starting the new season with high ambitions", emphasizes Felipe Laser, who is also known as an excellent development driver. “Our goal for the VLN as well as for the 24-hour race is more than to be the best 911. What I have seen so far from the team makes me very optimistic. I really want to win the 24-hour classic at the Nürburgring, and my feeling tells me that it's Porsche's turn this year..."
“Being a fast and reliable driver, Felipe has naturally attracted our attention", explains Team Principal Klaus Abbelen. “With him and Lance David Arnold we have contracted two ambitious drivers who can significantly support us in the ongoing development of our Porsche 911 GT3 R. Since our mission remains the same: We want to fight for top positions on the Nordschleife and be one of the candidates for victory – to achieve this, we will pull out all the stops this season."
As in the previous year, there are a total of nine races on the calendar of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring 2018. The first race of the season starts on March 24th. The four-hour Saturday's events include the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and the Grand Prix track, with a lap distance of 24.358 kilometres. On August 18, the race will even run over six hours. The season finale will take place on October 20th. The highlight of the season is the 24-hour race on 12 and 13 May, which is not part of the VLN. Participants will set their wheels on the 25.378-kilometre track, including the Grand Prix circuit without the Mercedes Arena.