It wasn’t meant to be! Fabio Scherer got to the chequered flag at his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but a technical issue during the night set him and his LMP2 car #22 of Team United Autosports far back. In the end, he finished 40th overall and 18th in LMP2.

“Of course I am very disappointed,” says Scherer. “Especially because the race had been going very well until our technical issue. We worked our way all the way to the front from 12th on the grid in LMP2 and could have finished on the podium under normal circumstances. But at 5.12 at night, when I was sitting in the car, it suddenly went dark in the cockpit. The team told me to come to the pits immediately. There the mechanics diagnosed a power supply issue. The repair cost us almost two hours.”

With 33 laps behind the leading LMP2 team at that time, the car of Fabio Scherer and his two teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson resumed the race at around 7am.

“The chances of us still being able to do anything were, of course, almost zero” says Scherer. “But we fought on anyway and I set the best times of the LMP2 cars in my last stint at midday. That was a small consolation, but of course it didn’t help get over the disappointment.”

The racing driver from Engelberg, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding Systems, otherwise coped very well with the challenge of “Le Mans”. Apart from a spin into the gravel in the evening when it started to rain, Scherer completed his first 24-hour race without any problems.

“I found a good rhythm on and off the track. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Team United Autosports as well as my personal trainer Marc Leuenberger for their support. I would also like to thank my two teammates Filipe and Phil, who helped me a lot with their experience before and during the race. I would also like to congratulate WRT, my former DTM team, to the victory in LMP2! This race was the biggest challenge that I was allowed to experience as a racing driver. It was a dream come true for me, even if the result wasn’t satisfying in the end. But the spirit of Le Mans has definitely caught me. I will come here again. This race won’t let me go!”

For Scherer, things continue on 30th October with the penultimate round of the WEC season, the six-hour race in Bahrain. Already next weekend, Fabio will contest his fourth race in the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup at the Belgian Formula 1 GP in Spa-Francorchamps.

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