Frikadelli Racing: "A double victory for Sabine"

Frikadelli Racing: "A double victory for Sabine"

02.05.2021: The Frikadelli Racing Team was able to land an impressive double victory at the third round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). Porsche works drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Earl Bamber secured overall victory with the #30 Porsche 911 GT3 R ahead of th

The Frikadelli Racing Team was able to land an impressive double victory at the third round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). Porsche works drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Earl Bamber secured overall victory with the #30 Porsche 911 GT3 R ahead of their team-mates Patrick Pilet and Maxime Martin, who shared the wheel of the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R.




For the "fastest Frikadelli in the world", it was the eighth overall one-day victory in the Nordschleife championship, the last victory dating back to 2018.



"It was a perfect weekend for us, which we were able to conclude in the best possible way with overall positions one and two. This one-two is solely for Bees. We are all sure that she is just as happy as we are at this moment and enjoyed it from the top," explains team boss Klaus Abbelen, for whom this success is due to several factors. "I am incredibly proud of the entire squad and our team performance.


 We used the whole preparation phase intensively with top engineers, mechanics and of course all the people in the background to make such a result possible. Apart from the Nordschleife, which has many times more grip, we found a lot of potential in our cars. Also, Michelin did a great job over the winter. Almost all car brands have confirmed this potential. Nobody can take the double victory away from us anymore."



The race day was initially introduced by an extremely chaotic qualifying. Several incidents on the track caused that the session had to be interrupted twice with the red flag. However, the Frikadelli Racing Team was able to successfully stay out of all the turbulences and despite the shortened time chase put itself in a good starting position with both Porsche 911 GT3 R cars.



Earl Bamber and Porsche works driver Mathieu Jaminet set a lap time of 7:54.980 min. to put the #30 Porsche 911 GT3 R in second on the grid. The driver duo was just one tenth of a second off pole position. Patrick Pilet and Maxime Martin finished sixth on the grid in the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R.



In the race, Earl Bamber fought a spirited duel with the pole-sitter BMW M6 GT3 from Schubert Motorsport in the early stages. At the start of lap two, the New Zealander managed to take the overall lead when accelerating out of the Mercedes Arena. Behind him, Patrick Pilet in the sister car fought his way to the front.


Starting from sixth on the grid, the Frenchman moved up to second overall during the first stint and set off in pursuit of his team-mate Bamber. Due to different strategies, the picture at the front varied from time to time in the following laps.


After the last pit stops with driver changes had been completed, the two Frikadelli Porsche 911 GT3 R were in front again and successfully defended this double lead until the finish. In the end, Jaminet/Bamber kept the upper hand by just under 10 seconds ahead of Pilet/Martin.




Second place and championship lead for the #962 Porsche Cayman GT4



Away from the GT3 category, the Frikadelli Racing Team also had every reason to be happy. Hendrik von Danwitz and "Jules" secured second place in the Pro-Am category of the Cup-3 class, as they did at the season opener two weeks earlier.


The German-British driver duo thus scored enough points to take the lead in this special Porsche Cayman GT4 Trophy classification after the second race of the season. In the day's classification of the Cup3 class, it was enough for seventh place out of a total of 17 cars that started.        




Driver's comments:



Mathieu Jaminet (#30 Porsche 911 GT3 R):
"The good starting position after qualifying was an important key for us. After we were able to take the lead early on in the race, we did everything we could to keep up the pace and were rewarded with victory in the end. First and second place is a mega team result. Of course, we all dedicate the victory to Sabine. I'm sure she would be immensely proud of us."



Earl Bamber (#30 Porsche 911 GT3 R): "
First and second place - a fantastic result for the whole Frikadelli Racing Team and a super preparation for the 24h race at the Nürburgring. We are very happy about this result and are on a good track."
 


Patrick Pilet (#31 Porsche 911 GT3 R):
"A great race for Frikadelli Racing and Porsche. We are now enjoying this moment for a short while before we fully focus on the further preparation. Our goal is to be 100% sorted out for the 24h race. Next weekend we'll continue with the qualifying race, which will be very decisive for this. I'm already looking forward to it immensely. I'm really enjoying working with the whole team."



Maxime Martin (#31 Porsche 911 GT3 R): "I'm really pleased with the result for the whole team, who worked very hard for this. Unfortunately, we had a stop & go penalty which cost us some time and maybe also the victory over our sister car. However, it was important to see that we can go a good pace with both Porsche 911 GT3 R."
       


Jules (#962 Porsche Cayman GT4)
: "Today was a fantastic and very special day for Frikadelli Racing with the double victory of the two GT3 Porsches. But we are also incredibly happy and satisfied with our second place in the Pro-Am class. The car felt fantastic and the crew did an excellent job once again. Many thanks to Frikadelli Racing and my teammate Hendrik."
 


Hendrik von Danwitz (#962 Porsche Cayman GT4)
: "The day already started well for us with third place in qualifying. The race was then characterised by an incredible number of Code 60 phases. Nevertheless, we came through well and are once again very happy with the result."
    




 Daniel Cornesse  transl. Deepl, photos Gruppe C / BRfoto


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02.05.2021 / MaP

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