Fabio Scherer was on course for the podium at the season opener of the European Le Mans Series in Le Castellet. But a puncture and a full-course yellow prevented a top result.

The season opener of the European Le Mans Series in Le Castellet in the south of France did not go according to plan for LMP2 driver Fabio Scherer. Although the 22-year-old Swiss from Engelberg managed to work his way up from ninth on the grid to third place in his stint, a puncture four laps before the scheduled driver change dashed any hopes of a podium finish at the opening race.

“That was very unfortunate,” said Scherer. “We were in third place when I suddenly had a puncture. I had to pit to change the tyre. Stupidly, there was a full-course yellow phase shortly afterwards and so we lost a whole lap to the competition.”

Instead of a place on the podium, Scherer and his team Inter Europol Competition only finished 11th in the end.

“Compliments to my two teammates Pietro Fittipaldi and David Heinemeier Hansson. They did a very good job. Unfortunately, Pietro had a puncture shortly before the end, too. But I am still satisfied. Even if a podium finish would have been possible. The team made a massive step forward from the unplanned race with them in Sebring. Sadly in qualifying, we got stopped by a red flag, so we could not improve our place. Sadly, the race was not as we deserved, but that makes me look forward to the next one, as we have the potential to go much better in the ELMS and as well as for Le Mans.”

For Scherer, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding System, action continues on 15th May. Then ELMS contests the second of six races in Imola (I).

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