High-calibre racing in Austria

No overall victory but plenty of battles won: FACH AUTO TECH fought hard in Styria to deliver several highlights of the weekend while keeping their cool. The third race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season at the Red Bull Ring saw the Swiss team securing vital points for the championship.

“With so many position changes, our pulse went up quite a bit,” admitted team principal Alex Fach after the race. “The battles on track were tough, at times resulting in contact between cars. But Fabio and Christopher were able to fight their way through the field impressively.”

For Fabio Scherer, taking the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the second time, it was a particularly important race. And the 22-year-old made a strong statement with a brilliant recovery drive. Scherer, who hails from Engelberg in Switzerland, made up a total of eight positions, proving how important keeping a cool head is in heated battle. “After the modest result in qualifying, I wanted to hit the ground running in the race and stick with it,” said Scherer. “That worked out really well in the end and I’m hungry for more!”

Christopher Zöchling pursued a similar strategy – and successfully so. Starting from 14th place, the 33-year-old approached his battles with maximum motivation and ultimately crossed the finish line in sixth place. “Superb! Of course, you always want to finish higher than sixth, but to fight your way through this highly talented field so well – I’m more than satisfied with that,” he said.

For Marius Nakken, the weekend kicked-off promisingly with sixth place in qualifying. But in the race, the Norwegian had to retire his number seven Porsche prematurely. “My goal was to convert the favourable grid position into a top five result,” the 27-year-old said. “The technical retirement is therefore quite disappointing. Nevertheless, I’m taking a lot of good things from this weekend and will use that for the next race at the Hungaroring.”

The fourth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Budapest will take place from 30 July to 1 August.

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