Farfus faces dilemma over which championship to "sacrifice"

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Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Feb 8, 2018, 11:39 AM

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus admits he is facing a dilemma over whether to “sacrifice” his title chances in the DTM or the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Augusto Farfus, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
#43 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3: Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann
#24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE: Jesse Krohn, John Edwards, Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus
Augusto Farfus, BMW Team RMG, BMW M4 DTM
Augusto Farfus, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M6 GT3
#24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE: Jesse Krohn, John Edwards, Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus

Farfus has been part of BMW's DTM line-up since 2012, but has also been named as part of the roster for the German manufacturer's newly-launched GTE programme, including the full 2018/19 WEC superseason.

However, the opening WEC race at Spa falls on the same weekend as the Hockenheim DTM curtain-raiser, with both events taking place on the May 4-6 weekend.

The clash gives Farfus and BMW an important choice to make, especially as missing the first race in either championship would most likely exclude the Brazilian from fighting for the title.

Asked by Motorsport.com how he would handle the situation, Farfus quipped: "I would helicopter from one [circuit] to the other and do both!

"This we haven't decided yet. It's the first race for both championships. If it would be the third race of DTM or the third race of WEC, you could say 'ok, let's see how the season starts'.

"Right now I haven't figured it out. Unfortunately there is only one of me! And one of the two championships would be sacrificed."

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt has suggested replacing Farfus in the WEC would be easier than doing so in the more specialised DTM.

Farfus agreed with that assessment, saying: "For sure, if you look at it from the pure technical side [that's the case]. It's not easy to jump in [a DTM car] without so much testing.

"But we haven't gone into details yet. I still need to get the first few weeks of the year behind me and then I can focus on the rest [of the year]."

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Author Jamie Klein
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