What a comeback for Fabio Scherer! In Portimão at the second round of the WEC, the 22-year-old from Engelberg had to sit out due to…/Read
For Fabio Scherer, the third round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) finally gets underway this weekend. After the 22-year-old Scherer missed the race in Portimão (P) due to a positive Corona test, he now returns with a portion of extra motivation. At the 6-hour race in Monza, the driver from the United Autosports team is aiming for his second win of the season in LMP2.
“Monza is a home race for me”, says Scherer. “I’ve only raced there once before, in Formula 3 in 2019, but I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Just because of Italy. I love being there. I love the food and the atmosphere. And Monza is a track with a lot of motorsport history. I like that. I’m also pleased to hear that some spectators are allowed. The Tifosi always spread a good atmosphere. I’m looking forward to that as well.”
The 5.793-kilometre circuit last hosted a World Sports Car Championship race in 2001. Therefore, the track in the Royal Park is new territory for everyone. “I think Monza is a good preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, if you consider the characteristics of the circuit with the long straights and the chicanes,” says Scherer. “With slipstream, overtaking on the straightlines will not be an issue. In the corners, on the other hand – I’m thinking of the Ascari chicane in particular – you have to be careful. Especially when you run into slower GT cars.”
Scherer has recently completed two Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races at the Red Bull Ring. However, the switch to the faster LMP2 car from United Autosports won’t present the Lucerne native with too many problems. “Of course, the feeling in LMP2 is completely different again,” says Scherer. “But I think I will feel comfortable in the LMP2 Oreca again very quickly.”
The first free practice will take place on Friday, 16th July, from 3.30 pm. Scherer and his team will then have two more practice sessions on Saturday, 17th July. The first at 9.30 am, the second at 2 pm. Qualifying is scheduled from 6 pm. The start of the race will be on Sunday, 18th July, at 12 noon.
The race can be followed live on ORF Sport+. Eurosport 2 will also broadcast from Monza. As well as SPORT1 from 5.30-7.00 pm. The WEC app with live streaming is recommended, too. A good advice is also the French TV channel of “L’Equipe”, which also offers a live broadcast with a lot of additional information.