DTM gets priority over WEC in Farfus, Eng and Duval's clash
|By Julia Spacek and David Gruz||Wednesday, March 28th 2018, 11:07 GMT|
BMW and Audi drivers Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng and Loic Duval will prioritise the DTM over the World Endurance Championship on May 5-6 when their season-openers clash, Autosport has learned.
Farfus, a BMW DTM driver since 2012, was previously named as one of the four full-season racers for the brand's new WEC GTE Pro programme.
DTM rookie Eng is also set to play a part in the WEC this season, and both drivers were on the entry list for the Spa-Francorchamps opener.
BMW has now revealed that the entry list detail was only provisional and both Farfus and Eng will race in the DTM opener at Hockenheim that weekend.
Farfus had previously admitted that he has to "sacrifice" his title hopes in one of the two series before they even begin.
His three full-time WEC team-mates Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg and Antonio Felix da Costa were all confirmed to race in Belgium, but the fourth driver is yet to be officially named despite Alexander Sims also appearing on the entry list.
Another DTM driver on the Spa WEC entry list was Audi's Loic Duval, who joined LMP2 team TDS Racing for the 2018/19 'superseason'.
While Audi has also clarified that Duval will focus on the DTM, it has been speculated that he could be able to drive in both events.
With Hockenheim and Spa-Francorchamps just over 60 miles apart and the Saturday DTM and the six-hour WEC races starting at the same time, Duval would be able to take part in the DTM race and then fly to Belgium for a later stint in the WEC race.