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…/Read
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 a positive Corona test. In Monza at the 6-hour race he now returned in style! Together with his team-mates Felipe Albuquerque (P) and Phil Hanson (GB), Scherer not only won the LMP2 category. The three drivers from United Autosports even finished third overall on the podium behind the Toyota #7 and Alpine #36 hypercars, something that no LMP2 team has managed so far this season.
“I’m really happy about this victory,” says Scherer. “Especially because I was immediately back in rhythm after a two-month break and, on top of that, set the third fastest time. My first stint was excellent. And I am also satisfied with the second one. We did a great job as a team this weekend.”
Scherer, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding System, is fourth in the championship with 51 points (and one race down) at halfway of the WEC season 2021. But even more important for Scherer than his current position in the championship is the fact that Monza was the perfect preparation for the next race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Monza was a good foretaste of Le Mans in terms of its characteristics – with the long straights and the tight chicanes,” says Scherer. “And we found a good race set-up there. That makes me confident. Besides, this victory is of course also good for my self-confidence. After two races, my personal win rate is 100 per cent. And with the win in Monza, we also regained the lead in the team standings.”
Team co-owner Zak Brown said after the second win of the season in Monza: “Wow – what a win. And to finish on the overall podium as well. How fantastic after all the hard work the team has put into this. Next stop Le Mans and I can’t wait to be there cheering the team on.”
Team boss and team co-owner Richard Dean was also delighted with the result at Monza: “Our sixth WEC win sounds crazy in only 11 races. To say we have won over half the WEC races we have entered is amazing. All credit to the team for today’s win. To come away with another win and the championship lead heading into Le Mans is a great position to be in. Well done Phil, Filipe and Fabio and the whole team on a great win.” The season continues for Scherer and his United Autosports team on 21/22 August with the season highlight, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.