Frikadelli Team dominate the VLN race
Frikadelli Racing Team had a successful start into the second half of the 2014 VLN endurance racing championship at the Nürburgring. Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz and Dutchman Patrick Huisman celebrated their third victory of the season and their second triumph in a row at the 37th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen. The trio – driving the Porsche 997 GT3 R – took the chequered flag after 27 race laps with an advance of 3:00.284 minutes ahead of the BMW Z4 GT3 entered by the BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert with the drivers Max Sandritter, Thomas Jäger, Dominik Baumann and Jens Klingmann. The podium was completed by Michael Zehe and Jan Seyffarth in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entered by ROWE Racing. 128 out of total of the 168 cars that took the start, were classified.
The pole position was gained by the Schubert Z4 GT3 with a time of 8:00.973. The second race lap at the 24.358 kilometres long combination of the Nürburgring short version and the Nordschleife then finished with a new official lap record set by Klingmann. With a time of 7:59.045 minutes, he was the first driver to complete a lap below 8 minutes.
Frikadelli Racing went into the lead in lap ten and would not give up its leading position until the finish, altough Schmitz suffered a slow puncture towards the end of her stint.
Following a sixth position in their class, Rolf Derscheid and Michael Flehmer in the BMW 325i of the team MSC Wahlscheid defended their championship lead in the drivers‘ classification of the VLN endurance racing championship Nürburgring.
The highlight of the VLN endurance racing championship season at the Nürburgring will take place in three weeks’ time, on 23rd August, with the Opel 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen.