DTM – Spa: No points, but best rookie

Fabio Scherer narrowly missed the points in his DTM debut. The 21-year-old rookie, who is supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding System, finished 12th in each of the opening races of Europe’s most popular touring car series at Spa-Francorchamps (B). This means that Scherer who drives for WRT Team Audi Sport was the best rookie twice.

But not everything went according to plan. In the first 20-minute qualifying session, Scherer had to cope without DRS at some stages. “On the long straights here at Spa, this certainly cost me one second per lap,” says Scherer. “Besides, I made another mistake on my fastest lap.”

Having started the first race from 12th position on the grid, Scherer soon had to deal with an unpleasant problem. “Somewhere gasoline was leaking,” says Scherer. “The fumes made me dizzy. Only towards the end of the race it was getting better. But it wasn’t easy to drive like that.”

Also in the second qualifying on Sunday morning not everything went smoothly. “We didn’t really get off the ground. I lost too much time on the straight. That’s a pity. We were better than 14th on the grid and have to analyse this again.”

Thanks to a very good start, Scherer was still clearly on course for points in the second race. But the youngest driver in the field was not able to save P8. “The first part of the race went great. I drove up from 14th position to 8th. But then we got a little bit strategically mixed up. And in the end the tyres were gone. I couldn’t defend myself like that anymore.”

Scherer nevertheless draws a positive conclusion after the first race weekend: “We still have to improve in qualifying. That’s clear. But the basis is good. And we can be satisfied so far. I was the best rookie at Spa. And I didn’t make any serious mistakes. At the next race on Lausitzring, I want to make up for the points I missed here. I’m looking forward to these races and would like to thank my sponsors and all the team members who have done a great job under difficult conditions like we have with COVID-19.”

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