Fabio Scherer of the #22 United Autosports USA was delighted on his victorious debut FIA WEC race at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
With the combined effort of drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Fabio Scherer, and Phil Hanson, the #22 United Autosports USA team asserted their trademark dominance with a class-victory.
After topping the times during a couple of the Prologue sessions earlier in the week, with the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours winner getting the car in the third spot overall in qualifying.
“Yeah, it was really unbelievable,” he said at a post-race press conference.
“When I took the car over we had already quite a massive lead but for sure I was really nervous because especially about things like driver changing and stuff like that because I never had that before.”
Phil Hanson put on a strong opening stint in the car challenging the #36 Alpine Elf Matmut and edging the Hypercars on race pace.
After Albuquerque asserted that Hypercar-matching race pace, Scherer took over for his first laps around the same place where he secured a P2 FIA European F3 race finish in 2018.
The Swiss continued to build the lead which the team had over other categories, even chasing down the #7 pole-sitter of Kamui Kobayashi who got stuck in a gravel trap earlier on.
Several cars including the #22 were later penalised with a drive-through after Full-Course Yellow infringements, but the crew worked together to establish the lead.
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He spoke about the performance on his first race outing:
“So I think for sure there’s a lot of potential in it. But even that I think I managed quite well and as soon as I got them into the rhythm, it was really good.
“I think I felt comfortable and never really struggled with something. But still in order to be part of such an amazing team.
“And when [it’s] your first WEC race after not the easiest last two years, it’s unbelievable.”
In an interview with Last Lap’s Mo Rehman, Scherer talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic made his life as a DTM rookie difficult having to work with a condensed 2020 calendar.
For his first step into the sports car discipline, he finds himself with alongside two highly-praised teammates to work together into the Season 9 campaign.