Lambo factory drive for Keen

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT - JAMES NEW­BOLD

Phil Keen ad­mits he thought he was

“a bit old” to be given the call-up to be­come a Lam­borgh­ini factory driver, which was con­firmed last week.

The 34-year-old has been a reg­u­lar in Bri­tish GT in re­cent years, fin­ish­ing as cham­pi­onship run­ner-up with Jon Min­shaw in each of the past three sea­sons, and raced for the de facto works Lam­borgh­ini team, Grasser Rac­ing, in the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries En­durance Cup this sea­son.

Keen and for­mer GP2 racer Franck

Per­era will join 2017 Blanc­pain En­durance cham­pi­ons Mirko Bor­tolotti and An­drea Cal­darelli, Marco Mapelli and Gio­vanni Ven­turini on Lam­borgh­ini’s driver ros­ter, and com­pleted a three-day Pirelli tyre test for the mar­que last week.

“It was a lit­tle bit un­ex­pected, I never re­ally thought about it to be hon­est!” he told Au­tosport.

“There are lots of quick drivers out there. I thought ‘I’m old now’ and be­cause of my age, I didn’t think I would be con­sid­ered

– 10 years ago maybe, but you just as­sume you’re a bit old now.

“It was a pleas­ant sur­prise, but at the same time I’m look­ing for­ward to learn­ing and mov­ing for­ward with Lam­borgh­ini.”

Keen hopes to re­main in Bri­tish GT next year, but has also set his sights on a re­turn to the Day­tona 24 Hours, which he con­tested as the win­ner of the Sunoco Chal­lenge in 2015.

“They’re very keen to have me in the States for the Miche­lin test in De­cem­ber and that’s some­thing I’m re­ally go­ing to push for,” he added.“i re­ally en­joyed my time in the States.”

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