BMW didn't consider letting Farfus race in DTM, WEC on same weekend

BMW says it "never" considered allowing Augusto Farfus to contest both the Spa World Endurance Championship and Hockenheim DTM rounds on the first weekend of May

BMW didn't consider letting Farfus race in DTM, WEC on same weekend

Farfus said in February he faced a "dilemma" over whether to sacrifice his title hopes in the DTM or WEC because the opening rounds of both series fell on the same weekend.

It was ultimately decided the Brazilian will race at Hockenheim in the DTM, with Tom Blomqvist taking his place in the MTEK-run BMW team for its WEC debut in Spa.

But BMW's DTM rival Audi has given Loic Duval permission to attempt to take part in both events, with the Saturday DTM race potentially ending early enough to allow the Frenchman to race in the closing stages of the WEC curtain-raiser with TDS Racing in LMP2.

BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said the manufacturer wanted Farfus to stay focussed on one championship and that arrangements to allow him to try and take part in the DTM and WEC were "not worth the effort".

"Honestly speaking, never," said Marquardt when asked if letting Farfus race in both series had been considered. "The two programmes are so very different.

"We're lucky enough to have drivers that jump from one to the other, but not within a weekend.

"They [WEC and DTM] are both, from a championship level point of view, way too high to basically say 'we'll do this and it's good enough'.

"Augusto is a fantastic driver and an asset in either championship, but only if he has full focus on one or the other.

"The better BMW and overall performance solution is to split things that weekend.

"To do two things half, and not get a good result in either, is not the worth the effort with helicopter shuttles or whatever."

Farfus said the decision to shift the date of the Fuji WEC round by a week - creating a clash with the DTM finale at Hockenheim in October - scuppered any chance of him being allowed to attempt the Spa/Hockenheim double.

"If you look purely from a logic side, you would say it's easier to sacrifice the first round of WEC as we are still learning," Farfus told Autosport.

"But it's not easy; I pushed to do both programmes.

"It is a shame about the date change of Fuji because that jeopardises a little bit the whole project, because there will come a point in October where I will have to sacrifice [another race].

"Without that clash it might have been different, we might have tried running both [Spa and Hockenheim], but it gets to the point where one championship would have to be sacrificed."

Farfus added the call on which race to skip in October will be much simpler.

"The Fuji call is a lot easier, because you see how the two seasons are going and you make a call," he said. "But for now it hurts the same [to miss either series]."

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