Luca Stolz has been confirmed as completing the three man driver line-up for the #85 Keating Motorsport with Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Am entry in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Ben Keating and long-time co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen.
22-year-old Stolz recently drove with the duo, along with Adam Christodoulou, in January’s IMSA Rolex 24 At Daytona race to a fourth-place GTD class finish in the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“We’re happy to have Luca joining Jeroen and me for the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Keating. “Although he’ll be new to Le Mans, he’s proven himself with us and that he is mature enough to handle endurance racing with both speed and a level head.”
Stolz’s career thus far has seen him race in single seaters and GT cars with a win and podiums in 2014-15 in the ADAC GT Masters series.
He has 24 Hour racing experience at the Nurburgring and has been a regular in the Blancpain GT Series and VLN.
So far in 2018, in addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Stolz and teammate Bleekemolen won the Pro-Am class and third overall in the 12 Hours of Bathurst race, along with Marc Lieb and Tim Pappas in a Porsche 911 GT3R.
“I am very honored to be asked to drive with Ben and Jeroen at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Luca. “It’s every driver’s dream to compete at Le Mans and for me that’s no different. Although I’m quite young, I have huge endurance racing experience and I feel ready for Le Mans. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Bleekemolen has competed in every 24 Hours of Le Mans race since 2006, 12 in total in both Le Mans Prototype and Le Mans Grand Touring classes, including being a LMP2 class winner in 2008.
This year will be Ben Keating’s fourth visit to the Circuit de la Sarthe, his second in the GTE-Am class, after competing the past two years in the LMP2 class.
“I always enjoy seeing young talent given an opportunity,” said Giuseppe Risi. “Ben has selected Luca to co-drive with he and Jeroen and the young man seems to already be showing success in endurance racing, so I’ll be eager to see how he does in the Ferrari and at Le Mans. We welcome him to the team.”
Keating received the IMSA-nominated automatic invitation to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans as the recipient of the Bob Akin Award, presented to the top Pro-Am driver in the GT Daytona Class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.