Blomqvist earns second win of the season in France
PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:33 13 May 2014
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Walden racer Tom Blomqvist is hot on the heels of the Formula 3 European Championship leader after claiming his second victory of the season.
The 20-year-old tightened his grip on second place in the standings after following up his win in the wet with a third place at the Grand Prix de Pau in France last weekend.
Blomqvist said: “I wasn’t really expecting to come away with victory but obviously it feels really great to have got it!
“Of course we struggled in the conditions, like everyone did, but others made mistakes and we didn’t so we were able to make the most of our race.”
The second race of the weekend was the first time Blomqvist had been free of a penalty dished out to him at the previous round in Hockenheim. He was given a 10-place grid penalty for three races after his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team changed the car’s engine ahead of a qualifying session in which Blomqvist earned two pole positions.
He added: “It’s nice to come out fighting now that the penalties have been removed and to prove what we can do. It’s also very good for the championship and I’m happy for the team. The pace was good and from here on in, it’s game on.”
Race one saw Blomqvist battle his way to 11th, just outside the points, after the grid penalty demoted him from sixth to 16th. The second event was where he came alive, though, with accidents ahead of him promoting Blomqvist from fourth to second, before a late safety car allowed him to nip past championship leader Esteban Ocon to take the chequered flag.
In the Grand Prix race, the final outing of the weekend at the famous street circuit, Blomqvist once again moved up from fourth to earn a spot on the podium. It means he lies second in the championship, on 107 points, 57 behind Frenchman Ocon and 12 ahead of Lucas Auer in third.
The next round of the championship is at the Hungaroring, in Hungary, from May 30-June 1.