The last endurance test before the 24 hour race
For the Frikadelli Racing Team the preparations for the ADAC Total 24h race (20.-23. June), which surely is the highlight of the season, come to an end on the next weekend. The six-hour qualification race will be the full rehearsal for the team by Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz which competes with both Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“We had lots of bad luck regarding the weather in the three VLN races so far, which is why we thought to have more data for preparations at this point of time. That is why the 6h qualification race has a special meaning this year. We want to develop our car in the race in order that we can start the 24 hour race with a good feeling”, team manager Klaus Abbelen explains.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R with the number #31 will be driven by the Porsche worksdrivers Romain Dumas and Sven Müller and also the Porsche Young Professionals Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet in the 6h qualification race. After the car crashed due to the weather in the last VLN race, the team from Barweiler fully prepared the car again. Klaus Abbelen and Alex Müller will drive the sister-car with the number #30.
The other reason why the qualification race is so important, is the fact, that eight starting places for the very important Top-qualifying, in front of the 24 hour race, will be awarded. “Of course we will try to secure at least one place for the Top-qualifying. Surely it would be a great benefit for us if we wouldn’t have to qualify for the shootout during the 24h-weekend”, says Abbelen.
On the next weekend the three fastest cars in the qualifying and the five fastest cars in the race will get awarded with starting places for the top-shootout at the 24h-race. Important to know is, that those cars will be awarded, who achieve the theoretical best sector times during the race. The six-hour qualification race will start on Sunday the 19th of May at 12 o'clock.
The first qualifying which takes place on Saturday from 18:45 to 21:15 should be interesting as well, as it only ends in the dark. The second, 60 minute long qualifying starts on Sunday morning at half past eight. After that the Top-30-qualifying for the qualification race starts at quarter past ten. Thereby you can have the 24h race feeling already next week.