bmw never considered augusto farfus double for next weekend

16:00    28 Apr 2018

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BMW claims that they never considered the prospect of August Farfus racing in both the DTM and World Endurance Championship next weekend.

The Brazilian claimed in February that he faced a “dilemma” over whether to race in the Hockenheim DTM or WEC at the famous Spa Francorchamps, with the opening rounds for both series falling on the same weekend in early May.

Ultimately it was decided that Farfus will race in the DTM event, with Tom Blomqvist taking his seat for the WEC race.

Audi faced a similar situation with Loic Duval and have a taken a different approach by allowing him to take part in both, as it is hoped the Saturday DTM race will end early enough for him to race in the closing stages of the WEC curtain-raiser in LMP2.

BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said they wanted Farfus to stay focused on one event and added that the complications of allowing him to participate in both 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."

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