The history of Belgium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans without a doubt, is marked by the four victories of Olivier Gendebien, or by the repeated victories of Jacky Ickx. However, in modern times it is difficult to find a belgian driver with an outstanding result at The Sarthe. One of them is Marc Goossens, pilot who, in 1997, fought for the victory in the test at the controls of a Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo. Finally, the prototype of Courage Compétition finished in fourth position, second in the category LMP after the winners Michele Alboreto, Stefan Johansson and Tom Kristensen.
20 years Have passed since his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and one less from their participation most prominent in Le Mans. Since then, Marc Goossens has accumulated twelve units in the ‘race of races’, although his last appearance dates back to 2013 when he competed with the Viper GTS-R SRT Motorsport. A vehicle that was going to use them again this year in the bosom of Riley Motorsport, but the training was not chosen to compete in the category GTE-Am and was relegated to the list of cars bookings. Luckily, Le Mans will provide a new opportunity for Marc Goossens.
Marc Goossens, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating will compete with the Oreca 03R – Nissan of Murphy Prototypes. This is possible thanks to the agreement reached by Murphy Prototypes and Riley Motosport and that will have an impact on the collaboration between both parties to compete in the category LMP3 of the ELMS. For Marc Goossens will be without doubt a golden opportunity after being official driver for Nissan Motorsport, Cadillac and Dodge throughout his career. For its part, Jeroen Bleekemolen will face his eleventh participation at Le Mans after being pilot of Rebellion in LMP1, while Ben Keating will compete for the first time with an LMP2.