Colombo had to ‘gain chemistry’ with Sebring during maiden laps

Prema Orlen Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo had to learn and develop his understanding of Sebring International Raceway throughout the WEC Prologue.

The 21-year-old drove on the Sebring circuit for the first time during the past weekend’s pre-season Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship.

His LMP2 debut in the #9 Oreca 07 Gibson will be alongside teammates and reigning European Le Mans Series champions Louis Deletraz and Robert Kubica.

The trio completed 219 laps in total across four test sessions, with the former FIA Formula 3 Campos Racing driver using his laps to learn the circuit.

Colombo said: “I had to gain chemistry with the track as it is a new one for me and it’s particularly bumpy.

“I found a good pace right from the start also thanks to my teammates who are extremely prepared.

“We worked on the car to improve what we needed in each session, and we kept moving forward.

“The other new thing for me is traffic, and learning it at Sebring is not easy, as all drivers need to understand each other.

“The test was really positive, put down some good mileage and we are in a good place for the race.”

His teammates share a sense of optimism after their running included a top-end finish in the Day 1 Afternoon session.

The 1000 Miles of Sebring race weekend begins on Wednesday with qualifying on Thursday and the race itself on Friday.

Traffic management remains key into the WEC’s 10th season as Colombo and the trio will be tasked with lapping two classes of GTE cars whilst fighting for podium contention with 14 other LMP2 competitors.