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Di Resta to Complete Season with United Despite DTM Clashes

Paul Di Resta confirms he will complete WEC season with United Autosports despite DTM clashes…

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Paul Di Resta has been confirmed for the remainder of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship season, despite two clashes with DTM next year that had initially put questions on his participation with United Autosports in those races.

The 2010 DTM champion, who completed the past season with R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin squad, split duties this year between his WEC campaign and DTM program.

A clash between the two has already seen him miss October’s 6 Hours of Fuji, although the Scot confirmed to Sportscar365 that he will “be at the WEC races” in the case of any future clashes.

The penultimate round of the 2019-20 WEC season at Spa also clashes with the DTM season-opener at Zolder, with Le Mans and a new round at Anderstorp in Sweden being the second clash on the 2020 DTM calendar.

R-Motorsport is yet to announce its DTM driver lineup for 2020, with speculation suggesting Di Resta will not return to the Swiss squad or series.

When quizzed on how the DTM clashes will affect him, Di Resta said “there’s no issues. I’ll say I’ll be at the WEC races then.”

The 33-year-old has competed full-time in DTM since 2007 aside from a break between 2011-2013 during his stint in Formula 1.

For a number of seasons he raced with Mercedes before joining R-Motorsport in 2019 after the former ended its program.

Having missed the Fuji round, Di Resta currently sits sixth in the WEC LMP2 points standings following United’s maiden class victory in class in last weekend’s 8 Hours of Bahrain.

Slade Perrins is an Australian-based junior reporter for Sportscar365. Perrins won the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars 'Young Gun Award' for journalism for his work with speedcafe.com.

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