Frikadelli Racing is looking forward to the new season at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In the 2016 season at the Nordschleife, the trendy team which is based in Barweiler near the Nürburgring will again be at the start of the VLN endurance racing championship rounds at this traditional circuit and at the 24h Race. Their race car will be the new Porsche 911 GT3 R based on the model generation 911 with which Frikadelli Racing participated already for the first time end of January at the Daytona 24 Hours. The crew with drivers Klaus Abbelen and Sabine Schmitz will moreover be supported by a newcomer in the team. The driver duo will this year share the cockpit in the fast race car not only with Dutchman Patrick Huisman but also with Norbert Siedler from Austria. The expert in driving Porsche race cars at the Nordschleife is currently scheduled to join the team at six of the ten championship rounds as well as at the 24 Hour marathon race. Schmitz: “My target for the season? Take the chequered flag at each race and no accidents! It will be interesting to see the performance of our new Porsche at the Nordschleife – as everybody knows, the characteristic there is quite different compared to Daytona. Let’s see how it will perform at the circuit and over the jumps.”
Frikadelli Racing was one of the first customer teams to which Porsche Motorsport delivered one of the new GT3 R in December last year. At the official tests in Daytona as well as at this 24 Hour traditional race in the United States, the most recent and more than 500 HP strong racing version of the nine eleven was running like a clockwork. In Florida, the crew of Schmitz, Abbelen and Huisman was supported by Frank Stippler from Cologne as well as by Porsche junior Sven Müller from Bingen/Germany. During the night, the team from the Eifel county was able to go into the lead of the 22 cars in class GTD twice over longer periods. They finally finished in a remarkable 12th position. Abbelen: “Daytona was a fantastic experience for us but we will of course compete in the VLN and in the 24 Hour Race this year again. The 911 has showed its potential and we all are really happy with the car. I am also happy about the support of Norbert Siedler. He, too, is a fast and reliable driver with a lot of experience at the Nordschleife and he fits perfectly into our team.”
In 2016, the endurance racing championship Nürburgring will again comprise ten races. The season will start on 2nd April after the test and set-up session on 19th March.