Frikadelli Racing: Mixed feelings after the "Double Header

Frikadelli Racing: Mixed feelings after the "Double Header

14.07.2020: The Frikadelli Racing Team experienced the first "Double Header" in the history of the Nürburgring Endurance Series with mixed feelings. Although in Saturday's race as


The Frikadelli Racing Team experienced the first "Double Header" in the history of the Nürburgring Endurance Series with mixed feelings. Although in Saturday's race as the best placed Porsche Team they were able to achieve sixth overall place as well as second place in the Pro-Am category, it was confirmed in the third race as well that all nine-people cannot keep up the pace at the overall top due to the current BOP classification.
     


"Unfortunately, we are currently fighting with blunt weapons on the straights and are not able to keep up with the other manufacturers due to the top speed disadvantage. We now hope that the BOP classification will change as soon as possible, because under these conditions we are simply not competitive," says team boss Klaus Abbelen, who was able to gain something positive from the race weekend. "We made some progress during the double event and were able to collect valuable data. Especially with the further development in terms of car set-up all the drivers were very satisfied by the bank".




The second round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series on Saturday started extremely unfavourable for the Frikadelli Racing Team at first because they missed the perfect time for a fast lap. Numerous Code 60 phases had complicated the chase for times on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Accordingly, the motto of the race was to start a race to catch up with all cars.




Especially Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Felipe Fernandez Laser were able to do this perfectly with the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R. From the 17th starting position they worked their way forward continuously and saw the chequered flag in sixth place overall after the four-hour distance.



Their team mates Klaus Abbelen, Lance David Arnold and Alex Müller were also able to work their way forward in the race with the #30 Porsche 911 GT3 R and took second place in the Pro-Am category. Hendrik von Danwitz and "Jules", who shared the Porsche Cayman GT4, fought for a long time for the podium in the heavily occupied Cup3 class. In the end, the British-German driver duo finished fifth and set the fastest race lap.
                    



At the third round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series on Sunday the Frikadelli Racing Team was able to improve with the eighth and tenth overall position in qualifying but this time the necessary race luck should be left on the track. So the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R had to head for the pits already on the starting lap after a slow puncture. So Alex Müller and Michael Christensen had their hands full to fight their way through the traffic again. In the end, 18th place overall was the maximum for the driver duo.




Lance David Arnold, Felipe Fernandez Laser and Klaus Abbelen fought with the sister car for the lead in the Pro-Am classification. After technical problems with the #30 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the final phase of the race, they decided to park the car in the pits as a precaution. Hendrik von Danwitz and "Jules" were able to improve on the previous day with the #962 Porsche Cayman GT4. In the end they crossed the finish line after a flawless performance in fourth place in the Cup3 class.




     

More comments on the race weekend:



Michael Christensen
: "We started from very far back on Saturday, but thanks to a flawless team performance we were able to move up to sixth place overall. At the third NLS-run on Sunday, a good position was unfortunately out of reach early due to the creeping puncture at the front left and the resulting loss of time. We then used the remaining race time to gain more experience".



Alex Müller: "
On Saturday we simply didn't have any luck in qualifying with the many Code 60 phases. It was then incredibly difficult for us to move forward in the race. Nevertheless, we managed it reasonably well. In the second race on Sunday we had a slow puncture right at the start.


Afterwards we were able to fight our way to the front, but with this strong field of participants not too much was possible anymore. I was very satisfied with the set-up and the preparation of the cars, many thanks to the whole team. Nobody can do anything for the flat tyre - that's just bad luck."
  


Felipe Fernandez Laser:
"I was pleased that I could cover my first Nordschleife kilometres this season with the Frikadelli Racing team. For me personally it was also the first two races ever with the new Porsche type 991.2. I think sixth overall place on Saturday was a solid result. On Sunday we had a much better qualifying. It's a pity that we had to park the car in the race then."
         



"Jules":
"We've had an extremely successful weekend, which I'm more than happy with. With our new Porsche Cayman GT4 we made very big steps forward and were significantly faster than at the season opener. Many thanks to the whole Frikadelli Racing Team and my driver colleague Hendrik von Danwitz."
     

 

 
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