Deletraz, Farano break through for first LMP2 victory

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In the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class, 25-year-old Swiss driver Louis Deletraz teamed with John Farano to earn a commanding victory.
Five of the six LMP2 entries led laps at some point, but the No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 was clearly the class of the field once Deletraz took over for the second half of the race.

He won by 23.211 seconds over the No. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA driven by Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel.

“It was my first time at Laguna Seca, and I was just learning the track on Friday,” Deletraz said. “Straight away, I felt good, and I enjoyed it. The team did a fantastic job. I’m new to racing in the U.S. so I am learning every time, but the team gave me a good car and good strategy and we were fast.

“I had to pass a few cars, but close racing is always nice,” he added. “As a driver, it’s always nice to pass cars on the track instead of the pits, and I’m very proud of the drive today.”

The runner-up result moved Merriman and Dalziel to the top of the LMP2 driver standings by 33 points over Farano and Deletraz after two points-paying rounds. Henrik Hedman and Juan Pablo completed the LMP2 podium Sunday with a third-place run in the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA.

The WeatherTech Championship resumes May 13-15 with the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio. The race will include the DPi, LMP2, Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.