Fabio Scherer narrowly missed the podium with a fourth place at his first race in Bahrain as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He and his team United Autosports started from second position in LMP2, but struggled with handling problems in the final third of the race. This was compounded by a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for Fabio’s teammate Filipe Albuquerque.

“It was a frustrating race”, said Fabio Scherer who is supported by Stobag and ATS Banding System. “We knew it was going to be a difficult race, but it started quite well, we had decent pace. My first stint was good, and I caught up to the leaders and I was very happy. Then I came into the pits and got new left tyres, after that the car didn’t feel the same. I thought it was me, but it kept getting worse. It was a shame because ideally, we could have won the race or been on the podium. For the championship it is getting tricky so the only thing we can do next week is win.”

“That was tough”, said Fabio’s team boss Richard Dean. “We started well with a good qualifying from Filipe to get us on the front row of the grid and Phil had a great start, but halfway through the race it seemed to go a bit downhill. It’s a shame as it was looking good for the win or at least a podium so this result has made our championship defence a bit harder, but we will now be fully focussed on the final race next weekend.”

The second race in Bahrain, an eight-hour race, half of which will be held at night, will take place next Saturday, 6th November. The first free practice session will already take place on Thursday, 4th November (5.30 p.m. local time). Qualifying will start on Friday at 5.20 p.m. (also local time).

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