Scherer eager to get back into the car after missing Portimao

Fabio Scherer is keen to get back into the car at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Monza after missing the 8 Hours of Portimao last time out.

The FIA World Endurance Championship rookie tasted victory in his first ever endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps with teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson.

The trio showed strong pace all week, including positive running at the Prologue, to then taking pole and dominating the race in LMP2.

“It was hard to watch the race on my (22nd) birthday,” the Swiss told Last Lap.

“For sure, it was disappointing because I was looking forward to racing at Portimao, but luckily the team was able to reach out to their other drivers.
At the second round in Portugal, Paul Di Resta returned in-place of Albuquerque due to his DPi commitments as scheduled.

However, Wayne Boyd made a last-minute WEC debut after Fabio Scherer tested positive for COVID-19 at Portimao.

He talked about Monza and getting back into the car after almost two months out.

“The LMP2 was a fairly easy car to adapt to as a rookie before Spa (6 Hours), so I am not worried about any particular struggles after my time out.

“Monza is a fast and exciting track with plenty of high speed corners and little room for error.

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“The Ascari chicane being a favourite because it is the chicane you need to carry a lot of momentum through.

“It will help me prepare for my Le Mans debut next month since both of these circuits have similar characteristics like the speed, the long straights and low downforce running.”

A plethora of United Autosports drivers will be making their Le Mans 24 Hours debut, but Scherer is the only full-time FIA WEC driver taking up the gauntlet endurance event for the first time.

United finished in third at Portimao behind both JOTA cars which put them second in the LMP2 Teams’ Standings.

Scherer will be less likely to secure the LMP2 driver’s title at the end of this year, but the highly-rated Le Mans accolade still awaits after Monza.