Duval gets Audi permission to race in WEC on same weekend as DTM

One-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval has been given permission by Audi to race in the World Endurance Championship on the same weekend as the DTM in May

The Frenchman is now looking at how he can take up his seat with the TDS Racing LMP2 squad in the first round of the 2018/19 WEC at Spa on May 5, which falls on the same weekend as the DTM opener at Hockenheim.

Duval, who races for the Phoenix Audi team in the DTM, told Autosport: "DTM is, of course, my priority, but I have got permission to do Spa, so now we are looking at how to do it.

"I will only do Spa if there is no compromise on either side."

Duval, who is driving alongside Matthieu Vaxiviere and Francois Perrodo in the TDS ORECA-Gibson 07, would take part in free practice at Spa on the Thursday.

He would then travel to Hockenheim and take part in the first DTM race on Saturday before returning to Spa by air.

The first DTM race finishes at 1:30pm and he would be able to drive the ORECA in the second half of the WEC race, which continues into Saturday evening.

TDS boss Xavier Combet explained that the plan would depend on the weather, which means that a final decision will be made in the week of the race.

"It will be a lottery because there is probably going to be a helicopter involved," he said.

"We might need a plan B, but at the moment we don't have one."

Duval will also miss the Fuji WEC round after it was moved onto the same weekend as the Hockenheim DTM finale in October to enable Toyota driver Fernando Alonso to take part.

BMW driver Augusto Farfus will miss Spa in order to race at the DTM opener.

His place in the MTEK GTE Pro class team alongside Antonio Felix da Costa will be taken by Tom Blomqvist, who is present at this week's official WEC test at Paul Ricard.

BMW junior Mikkel Jensen will be on hand at Spa and all the WEC races as the team's reserve.

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