Frikadelli Racing starts into the new VLN season with two Porsche 911 GT3 R and big ambitions
• Lance-David Arnold, Alex Müller and Porsche junior driver Matt Campbell in the #30 Porsche’s cockpit
• Norbert Siedler, Felipe Laser and Klaus Abbelen at the wheel of the second Frikadelli 911 GT3 R
• Klaus Abbelen: “We are looking forward to a special season and we are entering our next year on the Nordschleife under much better conditions”
Frikadelli Racing is ready and willing to start the 2018 season of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN). The team is looking forward to the first leg of the popular series which will take place next Saturday, March 24. The cult team from the village of Barweiler near the famous “Ring” has both their Porsche 911 GT3 R optimally prepared and ready to race. The #30 car will be driven by Lance-David Arnold (GER), Alex Müller (GER) and Porsche junior driver Matt Campbell (AUS). The 23-year-old Aussie won his domestic Carrera Cup in 2016 and drove into the spotlight by scoring four victories and five Pole Positions in the Porsche Supercup 2017. The #31 Frikadelli 911 with be shared by Norbert Siedler (AUT), Felipe Laser (GER) and team principal Klaus Abbelen (GER). Drivers and fans are strongly united in their hope that the changeable Eifel weather won’t hinder the fist VLN leg to go ahead.
“2018 will certainly be a very special year for Frikadelli Racing”, says Klaus Abbelen. “During the winter break, we have significantly strengthened our team and we are beginning the new season under much better technical conditions. After extensive testing in the past months we are now tackling the Nürburgring tarmac again. We are curious to see how the intensive work with the Dunlop racing tyres will pay off on the Nordschleife. At the moment, our focus is also very much on the preparation for the 24-hour race in May. Considering our professional line-up our aim for Saturday is to fight at the front and I’m hoping that both cars will make the chequered flag without incidents of any kind. And looking at the weather I remain optimistic.”
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.
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