Ligier JS P320 #30
Domicile: Barweiler (DE)
Familiy status: unmarried
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
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 has been an integral part of the NLS, so to speak, where a total of eight overall victories were achieved by 2021. In addition, there were a number of top finishes in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. In 2008, Abbelen even made it onto the podium himself.
In 2023, a whole new chapter on the Nordschleife begins for him and Frikadelli Racing with the Ferrari 296 GT3. The brand new vehicle will be piloted by four top drivers. Nevertheless, of course, a "frikadelli Porsche" should not be missing in the Green Hell. In a Porsche 992 GT3 Cup, Abbelen attacks together with the Brit Jules and tries together with him to win the AM championship of the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring. Last year it was enough for the driver duo to achieve a strong third place in the year-end rankings. In addition, Abbelen continues to contest the Michelin Le Mans Cup with the Ligier JS P320.