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Frikadelli to Return to NLS With New Ferrari 296 GT3

N24-winning team set for first race with new Ferrari chassis in four-hour NLS race…

Photo: Frikadelli Racing Team

Frikadelli Racing Team will return to GT3 competition for the first time since its Nürburgring 24 victory, entering a new Ferrari 296 GT3 in this weekend’s four-hour NLS round at the German venue.

Nicky Catsburg and David Pittard, who both formed part of Frikadelli’s winning lineup at the N24 last May, will drive the German squad’s new Ferrari, which was rolled out in Friday practice during the double-header event at the Nürburgring earlier this month.

Frikadelli’s original 296 GT3, which became the first non-German car to win the Eifel endurance classic in two decades, was retired from competition after the race and recently made a display appearance at Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Ferrari 499P.

“After winning the AM championship title with our Porsche 992 GT3 Cup in the Porsche Endurance Trophy Nürburgring at the last NLS round ahead of schedule, the focus for the rest of the year is on the new Ferrari 296 GT3,” said team boss Klaus Abbelen.

“For us, this marks the start of preparations for next year’s 24h race, where we want to be right up there at the front fighting for the podium again.”

While Pittard joined Falken Motorsports to win the six-hour NLS round in July, FIA World Endurance Championship Corvette driver Catsburg is set for his first Nordschleife appearance since the N24.

“This unique success with Frikadelli Racing’s Ferrari 296 GT3 is of course still fresh in my memory and it’s great to return now with the same combination,” said Catsburg.

“I’m really looking forward to the team and the new car now that our winning car has found its deserved place in the museum.”

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in The Netherlands, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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