Fabio Scherer senses more potential after debut LMP2 Spa victory

Season 9 rookie Fabio Scherer says there is more potential in the car after United Autosports took a dominant class win at the 6 Hours of Spa.

Both the Prologue and the opening round of the Season 9 calendar at Spa-Francorchamps were dominated by United Autosports.

They were at the front, or thereabouts, in all the sessions during that week.

Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson, and World Endurance Championship rookie Fabio Scherer all took to the top step of the podium on United’s sixth consecutive WEC win.

“It was unbelievable, because my last win (in F4 ADAC, 2017) was quite some years back,” he told Last Lap.

“It was an emotional moment for me and to win the first ever World Endurance race (LMP2) you do is even more unbelievable.

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“And then you’re on the podium next to guys like Stoffel Vandoorne, [Antonio Felix] Da Costa. That’s like, ‘we beat them’ – that’s an unbelievable feeling.

“My mom and my dad was there; they were almost crying,” he said.

Filipe Albuquerque took over qualifying duties, a role assigned weeks before the six-hour race.

Newly-uprated Gold driver Phil Hanson started the car and fought briefly with the pair of Toyota Hypercars until an Alpine A480 Gibson tried numerously to pass the Briton, eventually succeeding.

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The rookie Swiss took over with a stint in the middle of the race and was able to build the gap from second place in-class; a gap that reached up to 30 seconds by the time Albuquerque brought it home.

He also described how the trio were on the same wavelength in terms of feedback and setup with the Oreca 07 Gibson.

“There are a couple of like driver changes [and] a couple of other small things I need to work on, and I think pace-wise there is as well.

“I personally feel [there is] still some potential.

“But that’s always good, because I think I haven’t done that much mileage in this car. So still, some things are new for me.”

Scherer emphasised the importance of tyre management during the 8 Hours of Portimao as the hot temperatures will intensify degradation and overall wear.

The Portimao round will have more championship points up for grabs and reigning LMP2 Le Mans winner Paul Di Resta sitting in for Albuquerque.

The race on June 13 will, once again, showcase an intensely competitive field of LMP2s during one of two eight-hour races this season.