Fabio Scherer had to struggle with engine problems at his second participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. Otherwise, a place among the top 5 would have been easily possible.  

Fabio Scherer took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend for the second time since 2021. The Lucerne native, who lives in Engelberg and celebrates his 23rd birthday today, Monday, finished 14th in his class – five laps behind the winning team in LMP2.

Scherer and his two teammates Pietro Fittipaldi and David Heinemeier Hansson from the Inter Europol Competition team had to start the race from 28th place after a qualifying that did not go well, but they gradually fought their way to the front. Unfortunately, at 6.30 in the morning, the Oreca-Gibson with the #43 had to turn into the pits for a longer repair stop.

“It was a shame,” says Scherer, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding System. “We had the pace to get onto the podium or at least finish in the top five. But Le Mans is Le Mans. If you have a problem with the engine, you can’t influence that. I’m happy with the team, with my performance and that of my teammates. We were fast on the track.”

So fast, in fact, that Scherer & Co. even got to complete a couple of leading laps. “I have completed leading laps in all three 24-hour races so far,” says Scherer. “Now I still have to work on my timing. So that I’ll be right at the front at the end. But that’s the way it is with these endurance races. Le Mans is Le Mans, and it’s just magic, but as we found out this weekend, it can also be a pain in the butt.”

Scherer’s team manager Sascha Fassbender shares this opinion. “We finished the race with no technical issues within our control, which was unfortunate, as it cost us a much better result. The team worked so hard, way above and beyond what we could reasonably expect, and so my sincere thanks to them all.”

For Scherer, the race continues in about ten days. With the 6-hour race in Watkins Glen (USA) as part of the IMSA.

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