First top-10 result for Frikadelli Racing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup

First top-10 result for Frikadelli Racing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup

23.08.2021: The Frikadelli Racing team successfully pushed forward with its development work with the new #30 Ligier JS P320 at the season highlight of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the "Road to Le Mans", and managed to finish in the top-10 overall for the first time.

The Frikadelli Racing team successfully pushed forward with its development work with the new #30 Ligier JS P320 at the season highlight of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the "Road to Le Mans", and managed to finish in the top-10 overall for the first time.



In the first race on Thursday evening, Klaus Abbelen and Axcil Jefferies secured tenth place with the LMP3 car after a faultless performance. In the second race on Saturday, the Frikadelli duo moved up from 42nd to 18th place after a strong recovery.
      


"If someone had told me before the weekend that we would finish 10th and 18th in the 45-strong grid of the "Road to Le Mans", I would have accepted it with thanks.



 Accordingly, I am extremely satisfied with our performance. We were able to gain a lot of experience and now we know that we can be within reach of the top 10 with our driver duo in a normal race. In qualifying we still have clear reserves, we will try to do better at the next championship round in Spa-Francorchamps", team manager Klaus Abbelen summed up.



Frikadelli Racing started the first race on Thursday from grid position 22. Klaus Abbelen successfully managed to stay out of all turbulences with the #30 Ligier JS P320 in the early stages and to consolidate his position in the midfield during the first stint.




When the pit stop window opened after 22 minutes of racing, the Frikadelli Racing Team took advantage of the safety car phase to change drivers to Axcil Jefferies. Adjusted, the Frikadelli Ligier found itself in 16th position from then on, after all teams had completed their mandatory pit stop one lap later. In the second part of the race, Jefferies was able to continue to put pressure on the front and worked his way up to tenth place by the time the black and white chequered flag fell.
             

    
The second race on Saturday, which took place immediately before the start of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Frikadelli Racing Team had to start from 35th position after a mediocre qualifying. However, starting driver Klaus Abbelen quickly found his rhythm and made up seven positions already on the first lap. However, a spin at the beginning of the second lap threw him back to the rear of the field.



Abbelen then showed great fighting spirit and worked his way up from 42nd to 30th place by the time of the compulsory pit stop. His team-mate Axcil Jefferies continued his impressive recovery and crossed the finish line in 18th position at the end of the 55-minute race.



"On Thursday we weren't quite happy with the performance of our car. We then used the rest day on Friday to make a few setup changes for the second race. These definitely paid off. My thanks go to the whole team for their work and to Axcil, who was a very strong driver," Abbelen continued.



His team-mate Axcil Jefferies also draws a positive conclusion: "Before the weekend, Klaus and I had not driven a single lap at Le Mans. Neither of us had an easy qualifying session, but we were able to come back very strongly in the races with 10th and 18th places. My thanks go to the entire Frikadelli Racing Team and to Klaus. As far as the development of our Ligier JS P320 is concerned, we are on the right track."
    



- Daniel Cornesse in German  transl. Deepl, photos Frikadelli / JEP-LMC

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23.08.2021 / MaP

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