September 26, 2022

Juan Manuel Correa secures podium on ELMS debut

2023 Season

Juan Manuel Correa took home a podium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in his European Le Mans Series debut, as the Prema entry took third in the penultimate round of the season.

The #9 Oreca LMP2 started eighth after a difficult qualifying session, with Ferdinand Habsburg behind the wheel for the start.

He moved into fourth in the opening stages of the four-hour race, moving into third, before light contact dropped him back into fourth place.

With 2 hours 40 minutes to go, he handed over to Correa, and the American-Ecuadorean delivered a smooth and consistent stint in his first race run in sportscars.

Correa stayed around eight seconds behind the #31 TDS Racing x Vaillante entry for much of the stint.

Towards the end of his run, he went three-wide with the #65 Panis Racing and the #43 Inter Europol Competition entries on the run down the Kemmel Straight, over a battle for third, and emerged in the middle of the trio.

He maintained position in fourth place, and handed over to Louis Delétraz with an hour and 20 minutes to go in fourth place to conclude his sportscar debut

Delétraz took the car from Correa and proceeded to close in on the podium places at a rapid pace.

With half an hour remaining, the Panis entry driven by Nicolas Jamin, who was battling Delétraz, had to pit with a radio issue.

This allowed Delétraz into the top three, and he closed in on the second-placed #43 Inter Europol Competition entry driven by Pietro Fittipaldi.

The pair battled until the final moments of the race, but Delétraz was unable to take the position, but Correa and Prema finished the race in third place to secure a podium finish.

“I'm extremely happy with my first endurance race. I learned a lot this weekend, and while it was a learning experience, I really enjoyed it.

“Massive thanks to the team, especially to Ferdi and Louis who helped me a lot. Now I'm just looking forward to Portimão, where hopefully we can take the championship.

“For now, I will enjoy a nice trophy. Thank you!”

With this result, Correa has helped Habsburg, Delétraz and Prema close in on securing the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the finale in Portugal.