Fabio Scherer would have liked to end his first DTM season at Hockenheim with another highlight. But an engine failure in the first race prevented…/Read
In the seventh round of this years DTM things finally worked out: Fabio Scherer crossed the finish line in fifth place at Sunday’s race in Zolder, Belgium, thus scoring his first ten points. The relief for the driver from WRT Team Audi Sport is great after some character-building weekends.
“I am very happy about this result and would like to thank my team and everyone who believes in me,” says Scherer, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding Systems. “Today, everything has finally fit together. And the racing luck was also on my side. It was hard work, but I feel great at the moment. We all desperately needed this result.”
After the qualifying session in the morning it didn’t look like the day would end with a fifth place for Scherer. Starting on P16 – like the day before – expectations kept within limits.
“Yesterday’s and today’s qualifying were tricky,” says Scherer. “We changed something, but in the cool temperatures it did not really affect the result. In the race the pace was clearly better. I think we are now on a good way and I am already looking forward having two more races here in Zolder next week. The track suits me well. And I feel more comfortable with every lap.”
Scherer scored his best result so far today thanks to a well-timed mandatory stop. Because the safety car had to be called out shortly afterwards, Fabio was one of the few drivers who had already changed their tyres. When the track was clear again, more than half of the drivers still had to complete their pitstop. “It was really good timing,” says Scherer. “For us it was perfect this time. Others had less luck today. But that’s racing.”
Scherer would have liked to attack Timo Glock, the driver in front of him, on BMW. A few times the youngest DTM driver in the field was also close to the experienced driver on P4. “But overtaking is not easy in Zolder. And Timo did it very cleverly in front of me. Besides, I didn’t want to risk anything. The important thing is that the ice is finally broken.”
As mentioned DTM returns to Zolder next week for the penultimate round of this year’s season.
Friday, October 16th
1st free training, 13.00-13.45
2nd free practice, 16.30-17.00
Saturday, October 17th
Qualifying 1, 10.35-10.55
Race 1, 13.33-14.50
Sunday, October 18th
Qualifying 2, 10.30-10.50
Race 2, 13.33-14.50