John Manuel Correa get ready for your delayed debut with the Prema Racing teamof which it will be part in the European Le Mans Seriesflywheel resistance tests, which will have the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps as the gateway for the Ecuadorian pilot.
The national pilot should have been part of the team from the start of the season, but was ruled out after suffering a foot injury.
“At the Belgian headquarters, the #9 Oreca LMP2 car will give the Welcome to Juan Manuel Correa for his debut in endurance racing. After injury and conflicting commitments prevented him from joining the team earlier this season,” Prema posted.
Juan Manuel Correa joins Prema Powerteam to run Le Mans Series
After his recovery, Correa continued with ART Grand Prix in Formula 3, championship that at the end of the season had the capital thirteenth in the general classificationwith what now focuses on the European Le Mans Seriesa long-term competition, oriented to the technique and strategy of the teams.
Strap had a adaptation day to the new modality. “There is a test day before the race weekend, that it came in handy because it gave me the opportunity to learn new stuff like Race procedure and change of driverswhich is what I had never done”, commented the tricolor pilot.
In this form of motorsport three drivers per vehicle participatewith a run of duration of four hours, where the one who travels the most distance is the winner.
“The new environment, the new modality, practicing driver changes, running such a long race requires us to be more strategic. The hardest difficulty is getting used to this new style”, he indicated.
The championship disputes in Belgium its fifth stop and Correa arrives at team leading the standings with the work of the Swiss Louis Deletrazthe Austrian Ferdinand Habsburg and the italian Lawrence Colombowhom the Ecuadorian replaces in the team.
The Prema’s vehicle is a prototype LMP2with 500 horsepower, V8 engine, roof and windshield, “very similar to one of formulabut it is heavier (200 additional kilos), it has more technology, such as electronic steering assistance, therefore, it is smoother to handle with the arms and hands, but because of the speed the impact on the neck is very strong , due to the curves. The modality is different, the style is not”, detailed Correa.
The Prema riders have a 21-point advantage in the championship on Job Van Uitert, Julien Canal and Nico Jamin of the Panis Racing team, with which they are on the verge of the title in the category.
The European Le Mans Series is scheduled to have 41 participants for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, this weekend, on one of the “most demanding tracks in the world”, according to the organization. (D)