Le Mans 2015 Viper GTS-R

Dodge Viper GTS-R leads in competitive 24 Hours of Le Mans debut only to end up just short of finish..

Race-leading and lap-record performance ends in 23rd hour with gearbox issues.

Le Mans, France – A lap-record pace and race-leading performance put the No. 53 ViperExchange.com/ Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R, and drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller, in contention for the GTE-Am class win at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans only to have mechanical issues ultimately sideline the team late in the race’s 23rd hour.

Although the team came up just short on finishing the race, ViperExchange.com will leave France proud of more than one accomplishment. In addition to leading and setting the fastest race lap in class – a blistering 3:55.896 time by Bleekemolen – the team was competitive from the drop of the green flag.

“It was very exciting to lead a few laps early on and really show how competitive we were,” Keating said. “We came to Le Mans with the goal of wanting to do well, not only to show what we can do as a team, but also to represent Viper and everyone in what we call the Viper Nation. Hopefully our performance today made them all proud. I know I am very proud of our Viper Exchange and Riley Motorsports team and what we accomplished. We just wanted a little more there at the end.”

The gearbox just wouldn't shift anymore.

Jeroen Bleekemolen

For more info: http://www.motorsport.com/lemans/news/dodge-viper-gts-r-leads-in-competitive-24-hours-of-le-mans-debut-only-to-end-up-just-short/

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