Successful and educational weekend for Frikadelli Racing
Two racetracks, three vehicles and a presentable balance sheet: the Frikadelli Racing Team successfully accepted the challenge and competed at the Nürburgring as well as in Monza last weekend. As part of the double header of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS), Klaus Abbelen's team celebrated their first win of the season in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Trophy on Saturday and took the # 30 Porsche 911 GT3 R to the class podium on Sundays. At the same time, valuable experience was gained with the new # 30 Ligier JS P320 at the Michelin Le Mans Cup in Monza.
“Due to the commitment on two different racetracks, which are around 780 kilometers apart, it was an extremely intense weekend for us. The bottom line, however, was that we were able to achieve further successes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and learned a lot during our debut in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. That makes me very satisfied overall, ”says team boss Klaus Abbelen.
At the first LMP3 appearance in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the Frikadelli Racing Team improved from session to session. Together with the engineers, Axcil Jefferies and Klaus Abbelen developed a promising set-up with which they could work their way forward in the early stages of the race. From position 20, the two drivers moved up to eleventh place before a spin abruptly ended the race to catch up.
“We still have to analyze exactly what caused this. In any case, we could not continue the journey afterwards due to a damaged clutch. It's a shame, because up to this point the performance of our vehicle was extremely good, ”said Abbelen. “Despite the unlucky end of the race, we had a promising debut in the Le Mans Cup. We have managed to collect a lot of data and experience for the next championship races. The whole team did a great job and we are really looking forward to the next races, ”adds Jefferies.
The Frikadelli Racing Team was only represented with the # 962 Porsche Cayman GT4 at the fifth NLS run taking place on Saturday, but at the end there were a number of smiling faces in the pits. After a strong performance, Hendrik von Danwitz and "Jules" took their first win of the season and collected many points for the Pro-Am championship in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Trophy. At the sixth NLS run on Sunday, the German-British driver duo again prevailed against the assembled competition. Due to a speed violation in a Code 120 phase, however, they subsequently received a time penalty that was intended to prevent the double triumph. Hendrik von Danwitz and “Jules” were ultimately rated fourth.
Nevertheless, Frikadelli Racing could look forward to a podium place. After a faultless performance, Klaus Abbelen and Martin Ragginger finished third in the Pro-Am classification of the SP9 class with the # 30 Porsche 911 GT3 R and finished seventh in the overall standings.
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