VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours regular Frikadelli Racing has announced that it will compete on Dunlop rubber in 2018 with its pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs.
The team from Barweiler in the Eifel region near the ‘Ring has made the switch after collecting data and testing various tyres during the second half of last season. Prior to the move, the team used Michelin tyres, notably at the 2017 running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
“After last year’s 24-hour race we took the hard way and started working for 2018”, says team principal Klaus Abbelen. “Tyres are one of the critical components in motor racing and even more so on the daunting Nürburgring Nordschleife. There is hardly a racetrack in the world where the challenges for racing tires are tougher and more diverse than in the ‘Green Hell’. Therefore the perfect choice of tires was a major topic for us.
“In Dunlop we have found a partner that we feel excellently positioned with and that is prepared to work with us on the Porsches’ overall set-up. We also chose Lance David Arnold and Felipe Laser as drivers because both have vast experience with Dunlop tyres and the cars’ adaption to them.
“Frikadelli Racing ranks without doubt among the best-known and most popular teams in the VLN and the 24-hour race. We were extremely impressed with the team’s ambition and motivation,” added Alexander Kühn, Dunlop’s European motorsport product manager. “We believe that there is great potential in the combination of our tires with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Hand in hand with Frikadelli Racing we will work hard to make the most of it.”
This season, Frikadelli Racing will run its two 2018 evo-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in the VLN championship and in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The team has already signed Lance David Arnold and Felipe Laser as drivers. Further crew members will be announced shortly.