European Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson is set to make his DTM debut next year with BMW, which will announce its 2018 line-up on December 15th.
Eriksson moved onto the Munich manufacturer’s junior programme during the summer of 2016, when he won the Euro F3 rookie title, and is reportedly very highly-rated at BMW.
Since then, Eriksson has regularly given ‘taxi’ rides for BMW at DTM race weekends, and is said to have been extremely impressive in his recent test in the M4 car at the Lausitzring.
In parallel with his BMW connections, Eriksson has been striving for a move into Formula 2 for next season, but is short on budget to progress in single-seaters.
Talking about his chances in the DTM with BMW, Eriksson told Motorsport.com: “I really hope we can work something out together.
“I really want to work with them – they are such good guys so it would be really nice to work something out.”
BMW sports boss Jens Marquardt told Motorsport.com that he would not be drawn on any aspect of his line-up for 2018.
However he revealed that the line-up will be announced at the manufacturer’s Motorsport Season Review in Munich on December 15th.
It is unclear which of BMW’s current roster of six drivers in the DTM would make way for Eriksson, although some sources have tipped either Tom Blomqvist or Maxime Martin for a shift into the manufacturer’s GTE programme, either in FIA WEC or IMSA with the new M8 GTE.