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Colombo Subs for Still Injured Correa at Imola

Paul Ricard winner returns to Prema ELMS lineup for second race in a row…

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Lorenzo Colombo will once again stand in for Juan Manuel Correa at Prema for the 4 Hours of Imola, as Correa has not yet fully recovered from his foot injury.

Colombo, who is also part of the Italian squad’s lineup in the FIA World Endurance Championship, was listed alongside Louis Deletraz and Ferdinand Habsburg on the entry list for the second round of the championship, released ahead of the weekend.

Correa was diagnosed with a metatarsal fracture ahead of the season opener at Paul Ricard and was replaced by Colombo.

At the time, it was unclear if the Ecuadorian-American racer would be fit in time for the second round, which Prema has now confirmed will not be the case.

“”We are delighted to bring our new racing project to Imola, a place we always enjoy and featuring a rich history that we deeply respect,” said team principal Rene Rosin.

“Since we had plenty of running and success there, we will try to carry over as many useful information as possible from our single-seater experience, while carrying over the improvement.

“On the other hand, we are deeply saddened by not having JM in the car as we were so looking forward to working with him again.

“On the other hand, Lorenzo already showed that he’s a valuable replacement, and will again provide consistency ahead of Le Mans, which will be our following destination.”

The remainder of the 42-car field remains largely unchanged from the opening round at Paul Ricard.

Francesco Dracone returns to BHK Motorsport to partner Sergio Campana and Markus Pommer aboard the No. 35 Oreca 07 Gibson.

In the LMP3 ranks, the No. 3 United Autosports Ligier JS P320 Nissan has seen its crew reduced to a two-man lineup.

Kay van Berlo will partner Bronze-rated Andrew Bentley, with Jim McGuire not listed on the entry list. 

Eurointernational has altered the lineup for its pair of Ligiers, with Glenn van Berlo and Xavier Lloveras now teaming with French driver Adrien Chila.

Chila was part of the No. 11 crew at Paul Ricard, which now consists of Marcos Siebert, Max Koebolt and Jerome de Sadeleer.

In the GTE class, Rinaldi Racing has altered its lineup for the No. 32 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo as Gabriele Lancieri replaces Memo Gidley, who is racing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge at Mid-Ohio.

Sarah Bovy and Michelle Gatting are both set to return to action with Iron Lynx after the pair missed the WEC round at Spa-Francorchamps due to a positive COVID-19 test for Bovy.

Davey Euwema is a Sportscar365 reporter based in The Netherlands, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, DTM, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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