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Colombo to Sub for Injured Correa at Season-Opener

WEC driver Lorenzo Colombo steps into Prema’s lineup for ELMS race at Paul Ricard…

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Prema has brought in FIA World Endurance Championship driver Lorenzo Colombo to replace the injured Juan Manuel Correa for this weekend’s European Le Mans Series season-opener.

Correa announced on Friday that he will not drive Prema’s Oreca 07 Gibson in the 4 Hours of Le Castellet due to a stress fracture in his left foot.

The substitution sees Colombo come in for his ELMS debut as the designated Silver, alongside full-season drivers Ferdinand Habsburg and Louis Deletraz.

Colombo shared an Oreca with Deletraz in last month’s WEC season-opener at Sebring, where they and Robert Kubica finished fourth on Prema’s first appearance in LMP2.

A team statement issued on Monday read: “By entering the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, [Colombo] will gain valuable track time while providing the team with a boost in consistency to start the 2022 ELMS championship.

“Everyone at Prema wishes JM a very quick recovery and looks forward to welcoming him on board for the 4 Hours of Imola in about one month.”

Colombo is taking part in the official ELMS pre-season test today and tomorrow ahead of this weekend’s race event.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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