Nürburgring based Frikadelli Racing has announced it will switch to Dunlop tires after collecting data and testing various tires during the second half of last season. The team has made the change ready for the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship and Nürburgring 24 Hours.
“After last year’s 24-hour race we started working for 2018,” said team principal Klaus Abbelen. “Tires 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 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 setup. We also chose Lance David Arnold and Felipe Laser as drivers because both have vast experience with Dunlop tires and the cars’ adaptation to them.”
The close development work between Porsche and Dunlop continues on the road as well as the racetrack. Dunlop’s latest generation Sport Maxx Race 2 has been developed together with Porsche in order to meet the demanding requirements for the new 911 GT3 and GT2 RS.
Last year was one of Dunlop’s most successful in endurance racing. Every LMP2 Prototype class race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series was won on Dunlop Tyres. In GT racing, Dunlop was the choice of the winners in both the Le Mans 24h (Aston Martin Racing) and Nürburgring 24h (Land Motorsport Audi).
March 1, 2018