Ben Keating has switched GTE-Am machinery to TF Sport’s Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Ben Keating has made the move from Team Project 1 and their Porsche 911 RSR to the reigning GTE-Am Le Mans 24 Hours winners.
“I am very excited about 2021!” said the Texan.
Before the WEC commitments begin, he will race at IMSA’s ‘Roar Before the 24′ and then the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 31/August 1.
He will compete in TF Sport’s AMR Vantage GT3 car (in the GTD category).
“The whole program, Daytona and WEC, came together at the same time and joining TF, along with Aston Martin meant that I had great options for many of my goals.”
“I have always enjoyed working with Tom Ferrier (Team Owner at TF Sport), and once 4 Horsemen Racing came along as a partner for the WEC program, it was an easy decision!”
He stands unique as a Bronze driver with a wealth of experience.
This season will be his seventh consecutive year at Le Mans, in his seventh different car, where he will assist the team’s Le Mans crown defence in June and ultimately aim for the GTE-Am drivers’ and teams’ titles.
Tom Ferrier, Team Owner added: “There isn’t many bronze drivers in the world that can top Mr Keating!
“He’s fast, fit and hungry. He brings two great team mates in Dylan and Felipe to the party.”
Felipe Fraga, the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Silver Cup champion, will join Keating as a familiar teammate after last racing together at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 for Team Project 1 (#57).
They will both have reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup vice-champion, Dylan Pereira, as company to pursue the GTE-Am title against the AF Corse team.
“I hope with our car, team and drivers we can deliver the World Championship title that eluded us in 2020 and repeat the Le Mans victory.
“Everyone at TF is really excited to get started!”
The season is set to kick off at the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 17/18, but if cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, then the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps would be the next round on May 1.