Frikadelli Racing had to resign from the VLN season’s finale
The final round of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring – VLN for short – took place without Frikadelli Racing’s participation. After a slip during the qualifying session, the number 30 Porsche 911 GT3 R could not be repaired in time. Lance David Arnold (Duisburg) and Alex Müller (Rees) had to forgo the four-hour race. The Porsche customer team of Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz, based in Barweiler near the Nürburgring and a darling of the public, therefore concluded the season early with two overall race wins and a podium finish to its tally.
Quotes after the race
Klaus Abbelen (Team Principal): „This was obviously a disappointing end to the season for us. We always tried hard for race wins and matched our target twice this year. But, however, we kept doing too many mistakes and this is something that has to change radically. We let it sink in for now. Next year the story continues. Regardless of today’s feelings, I want to thank the entire team and our drivers very much for their relentless efforts during this race weekend and those before.”
Alex Müller (driver Porsche 911 #30): “I was on a fast qualifying lap when I braked a margin too late before the small carousel at ‘Schwalbenschwanz’. I went on the grass strip and made contact with the crash barrier. It wasn’t a heavy impact – but, unfortunately, enough to cause inner damages to the car, which couldn’t be sorted out before the race. It was clearly my fault and I can only apologise about it to the team. We wished for a different outcome of the weekend, but such things can happen when you really attack.”
Lance David Arnold (driver Porsche 911 #30): “Today I was only for one lap on track to set a time in the morning. I had hoped to give it a go later in qualifying. Our retirement is a shame in many regards – for the team, for Alex and for me personally, as I had a chance to win the class SP9 Pro. It would have been great to reward the guys in the team with another podium finish.”