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Frikadelli Confirms Rolex 24 Lineup

Huisman, Stippler, De Phillippi, Mueller complete Frikadelli lineup…

Photo: Frikadelli Racing

Photo: Frikadelli Racing

Frikadelli Racing has finalized the drivers for its U.S. debut in this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, featuring one of the strongest lineups in in the new-look GT Daytona class.

The veteran Porsche VLN squad led by Klaus Abbelen, which will field a new Porsche 911 GT3 R, will see the strength of GT aces Frank Stippler and Patrick Huisman alongside Porsche Junior Sven Mueller and ex-Junior Connor De Phillippi.

Huisman, a four-time Porsche Supercup champion, along with rising star De Phillippi, were downgraded from Gold to Silver driver rating for 2016 and make up the Am portion of the lineup alongside Nordschleife veteran Abbelen.

Sabine Schmitz, who was initially nominated alongside Abbelen, is no longer listed as a driver.

The team — made famous for running a large meatball graphic on their Porsches at the Nordschleife — will make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut as one of five teams running the German manufacturer’s new-spec GT3 contender.

All five drivers are expected to take part in this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. morningview66

    January 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    So does this mean Stippler has moved from Audi to Porsche?

    Or has he always just been a gun for hire with close links to Audi?

    • Marius Hecker

      January 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Stippler drove for the Frikadelli Squad before. He’s close to the team and when audi can’t offer him a spot he’ll take it. I dont think this means he’s gone from audi.

      • slow

        January 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

        As far as I understand, Audi and Porsche will let you race elsewhere on your off weeks as long as you are not racing against the factory team.

  2. therealdeal

    January 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    one STRONG lineup!

    • 7D3

      January 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Sad the Sabine Schmitz is no longer in this line up.

  3. jCage

    January 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    ‘Rising star’ is an odd description for someone downgraded from Pro to Am status while still in their early 20’s. Did he lobby for it or something?

  4. Matty

    January 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    De Phillippi and Huisman are obviously the biggest shots in the fold, uphill battle ahead for them of course.

  5. Hugo

    January 5, 2016 at 7:14 am

    On what planet is a four-time Porsche Supercup champion and ex-DTM driver a silver-rated Am ?

    • oldracer

      January 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      This is really ridiculous. The series should be beaten over the head for allowing this to happen in GTD and manipulate the system with pro drivers. No wonder they have less entries and have to shake everyone down. Bad call IMSA

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