The final two rounds of the 2021 World Endurance Championship (WEC) are scheduled for the next two weekends in Bahrain. The 6-hour race kicks off on Saturday, 30th October (from 11 a.m. local time; CEST: 10 a.m.). One week later, on 6th November, the finale race will take place. This will last eight hours and starts at 2 p.m. local time (CET: 12 p.m.). In contrast to the first race, which will be held entirely in daylight, the last race of the 2021 WEC championship will be a day and night race.

For Fabio Scherer, the 5.412-kilometre track 30 kilometres outside the capital Manama is a premiere. “So far, I only know the track from television and from the simulator,” Scherer reveals. “There it makes an interesting impression on me. There are a few combinations of corners which are quite special.”

The handling of the Goodyear tyres will be particularly important in Bahrain. The expected heat will play a decisive role. “I expect a lot of tyre wear, especially in the first race, which takes place during the day,” says Scherer, who is supported by Stobag and ATS Banding Systems. “It will be important not to overdrive the car. Also, I heard that the surface is very abrasive. This increases tyre wear and making it very easy to slip.”

For the 22-year-old Scherer, the last two rounds are no longer a battle for the title, because the driver from United Autosports had to forego the race in Portugal in mid-June due to a positive Corona test. Nevertheless, the objective is clear: “I want to win the last two races,” says Scherer, who shares the car with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson. “And thereby help United Autosports to win the LMP2 classification among the teams. At the moment we’re in fourth place, 13 points behind, so if we manage a similar performance to Spa or Monza, where we won in superior fashion, it should be possible to make up that gap.”

Things get underway for Scherer on Thursday, 28th October, with the first free practice session starting at 15.30 (local time; CEST: 14.30). The two qualifying sessions will take place on Friday, 29th October, from 16.30 (local time; CEST: 15.30). The start of the first race will be on Saturday, 30th October, at 11 a.m. (local time; CEST 10 a.m.). The second race on Saturday, 6th November, will start at 2 p.m. (local time, CEST 12 p.m.). All other practice times can be found on www.fiawec.com.

The races from Bahrain can be followed live on ORF Sport+. Eurosport 2 will also broadcast the final WEC races from the desert live. Just like SPORT1. The WEC app with live streaming is also recommended.

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