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The second DTM race weekend on the Lausitzring’s short circuit version left Fabio Scherer with mixed feelings. The driver from WRT Team Audi Sport finished the first race on Saturday in 15th place after a collision which was not Fabios fault. In the second race on Sunday, the DTM rookie who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Bandings Systems was only 0.25 seconds off his first championship point.

“I had no grip on Friday and was not satisfied with my performance either,” says Scherer. “On Saturday in qualifying, however, I was able to improve considerably. And I started the first race with a good feeling. Unfortunately, my teammate hit me so unluckily in Turn 4 that I spun. It took a while until I got into a rhythm. In the end, 15th place with one lap down was of course not what I had hoped for. But these things can happen in racing. I also feel sorry for Robert Kubica that I pushed him of the track on my chase to catch up. I have to accept the drive-through penalty.”

In Sunday’s qualifying, Scherer had traffic on his fastest lap. Without this he would have been further ahead. In the race, the Swiss was again involved in a situation that cost him positions in the early stages. “I was hit again,” says Scherer, who, at 21, is the youngest DTM driver in this year’s field. “But this was not the only problem. Like on Friday, I had no grip.” With the second set of tyres after the pit stop things went much better for Scherer. “Suddenly the pace was right,” said Scherer. “And I made up some positions. In the end, 0.25 seconds were not enough for the first point. That is a pity. But the fifth fastest lap in the race makes me confident.”

In five days, Scherer will be back on track. Once again the DTM will race at the Lausitzring. This time on the longer version of the circuit (4.570 km). “For me as a rookie it’s an advantage that we’re driving at the same place again because the lack of experience is not that huge than on a new track. I am also very optimistic. In the second half of the race on Sunday we have shown what is possible when everything fits. I want to build on that and then finally get my first points next weekend.”

Timetable
Friday, August 21

1. free practice, 13.00-13.45
2. free practice, 16.30-17.00

Saturday, 22 August
Qualifying 1, 10.45-11.05
Race 1, 13.33-14.50

Sunday, August 23rd
Qualifying 2, 10:45-11:05
Race 2, 13.33-14.50

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