The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Keating Motorsports (LMGTE Am)
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The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Keating Motorsports (LMGTE Am)

43 teams (fielding 61 cars) competed in the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Super Finale of the FIA WEC 2018-19 World Endurance Championship. There were winners, of course, but also mechanical glitches, track incidents and early retirements. Joy for some, disappointment for others... Here’s a summary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Keating Motorsports team (LMGTE Am).

TEAM: Keating Motorsports

Class: LMGTE Am

Car: Ford GT

Drivers:

  • Ben Keating (5th participation)
  • Jeroen Bleekemolen (14th participation)
  • Felipe Fraga (1st participation)

After fielding a Ferrari 488 GTE in 2018 and a Riley MK30-Gibson in 2017, Keating Motorsports entered the race with a Ford GT in the LMGTE Am class for the first time. The American team qualified the stunning orange, purple and pink car in 54th position with a time of 3:53.492 clocked by Jeroen Bleekemolen during the second session. In the race, the #85 Ford GT proved reliable and fast, and encountered no significant setbacks. Despite incurring a penalty for spinning the rear tyres during a refuelling stop, the team claimed the top step on the LMGTE Am podium. Sadly, after the post-race technical checks, the stewards officially disqualified the car for breach of fuel tank capacity regulations.

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PHOTO : LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES DU MANS, SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019, RACE. The #85 Ford GT of American team Keating Motorsports driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga.