Risi Competizione has announced that it will be entering the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours in the GTE Am class, with a Ferrari 488 GTE.
The programme is going to be run with Ben Keating and Keating Motorsports. It will be the Texan’s fourth Le Mans start, his most recent run came last year when he competed at the race with a Riley Mk.30 (below).
The team will run at Le Mans via an automatic entry from Keating, who gained his entry by being nominated by the ACO for the Bob Akin award.
“I’m incredibly honoured to have won the Akin award,” Keating told the media at Daytona, along with Risi’s Technical Director Rick Mayer (below). “I have come to learn more about Bob Akin’s past and what the award means and it feels very good to have won that award and to have an automatic entry into Le Mans this year.
“It has not come as easily in year’s past. This will be my fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first year in the Viper and the last two in LMP2. There are lots of reasons I’m excited about GTE Am.
“The fit here was a very good one,” Mayer said. “I am a car dealer based principally in Houston, and accepting the fact that Mercedes AMG, which we race in IMSA, is not an option for Le Mans, working with Guiseppe Risi, who is also a car dealer and highly accomplished racer based in Houston, made perfect sense.
“Risi Competizione have had huge success at the Le Mans 24 Hours with three wins and lot of other podium finishes. They know how to get the job done. I’m delighted to be racing with them.”
“Driver wise, I will be the bronze driver in the car, Jeroen Bleekemolen will be the platinum, I work extremely well with him. the Silver driver is yet to be detemined, I hope to reveal that soon.
“I’m excited about the combination of Keating Motorsports and Risi Competizione.”