At Lime Rock this weekend, TRG-AMR will enter its second Pirelli World Challenge race after a stellar showing at its debut in Long Beach. The team will bring its No. 66 Port Lavaca Auto Group/Viper Exchange Vantage GT4 to the short course in Connecticut after testing there the previous week.
In their debut, the team made what owner Kevin Buckler called a “perfect start” to their World Challenge campaign. Both cars finished in the top ten, with Damien Faulkner winning the “Hard Charger” award for moving up the most positions during the race.
This weekend, Ben Keating will be pulling double-duty, driving in the ALMS race in the TRG Porsche, and also hopping into the Aston Martin for his first race in Pirelli World Challenge. He’ll be looking to carry the team’s momentum to the legendary East Coast track. Keating will get plenty of track time during the weekend, and is confident his skills will translate to the Aston. Ben has been nothing short of spectacular in his driving so far in the American Le Mans series, he ran an incredible triple-stint to kick off the 12 Hours of Sebring, and handed the car over to his co-driver Damien Faulkner in second place last race at Laguna Seca. He has extensive experience racing other front-engine cars, including winning the SRT Viper Cup in back-to-back years. At Lime Rock, he’ll acclimate easily into the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, which the team expects to be competitive once again against the GTS competition.
Kevin Buckler on returning to PWC:
“We are all really excited to be back on the track with the Astons. We know Lime Rock well and have won here three times. It is going to be great to have Ben driving for us in both races as well. He is a friend of mine and a fiery competitor and I know he is really looking forward to this race. Steve [Cameron, Team Manager] and the team have been working very hard to make sure that the cars are perfect. I think we are ready to race!”
Keating on pulling double-duty this weekend:
“I’m really excited to be driving both cars at Lime Rock. I haven’t raced there before, so the extra practice will be essential to my success. We’re really looking to have a successful weekend across the board, and the team has had a lot of success at the track, so I want to do what I can to contribute and be a part of it.”
Keating on driving the Aston Martin Vantage GT4:
I drove the Vantage GT4 at Long Beach during practice sessions and the car was excellent. The car itself is really accessible and one that doesn’t give you any surprises when driving, its movements are predictable and that allows the driver to really push the limit. Lime Rock is a great short course, and the car is very well-balanced, so I expect to be pretty quick there.”