Lance David Arnold joins Frikadelli Racing
• 31-year-old car racing professional from Duisburg in Western Germany sets ambitious targets for himself and the iconic Nürburgring race team
• Lance David Arnold: “My return into a Porsche 911 cockpit closes a cycle”
• Team principal Klaus Abbelen: “With his pronounced will to win, Lance fits our team perfectly – we have great ambitions in 2018”
Barweiler, 30 January, 2018. Frikadelli Racing's preparations for the long-distance championship (VLN) and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring are in full swing. Now the team confirmed an important position: Lance David Arnold will strengthen the Porsche privateer team’s driver line-up private this season. The 31-year-old from Duisburg knows the Nordschleife inside out. The racing professional and VOX-TV presenter has seven VLN victories under his belt and has several times been very close to fulfil his lifelong dream of winning the Nürburgring 24-hour-race. Arnold achieved most of these successes at the wheel Arnold of a GT3 Mercedes. Returning into the cockpit of a Porsche 911 feels for him like closing a cycle.
“It’s amazing to race a 911 again this season. In 2005 my career really gained momentum with Porsche”, says Lance David Arnold. “I have known Klaus Abbelen for a long time and I am absolutely excited to become part of his ambitious project. Frikadelli Racing is clearly on of the fans’ favourite teams at the Ring. We have set ourselves ambitious goals which suits me perfectly since I was looking for a new challenge. We are aware that a lot of teams want to win VLN races. It’s certainly not getting easier but even so we are not only targeting any position on the podium. As the saying goes: Competition stimulates business.”
“We have been observing Lance David for quite a time now and have always been very impressed by his natural speed and his professional attitude”, emphasizes team principal Klaus Abbelen. “With his pronounced will to win, Lance fits our team perfectly – we have great ambitions in 2018. That goes for the VLN races as well as the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. At the moment, we are still busy putting the puzzle pieces in the right place but the big picture already takes shape. As soon as the next cornerstones regarding team and drivers are fixed we will be happy to announce them.”
In 2018, the Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring (German for “long-distance 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.