Blomqvist loses ground to championship leader Ocon in the F3 European Championship standings
16:28 26 June 2014
Saffron Walden’s Tom Blomqvist had a 4th, an 8th and a 6th place finish last weekend at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
The 20-year-old went into round five of the F3 European Championship trying to close the gap between himself and Esteban Ocon in the drivers’ standings.
However, despite Blomqvist claiming 24 points, Ocon’s two second places meant he extended his lead out front with a healthy points haul. Three out of three wins for teenage Dutch sensation Max Verstappen put him only 19 points behind the Walden driver in second.
The first race saw early contact off the start, dropping Blomqvist from 6th on the grid to 12th. Ocon retired on the first lap due to damage; and as a result Blomqvist knew he had to make the race count to gain as many points on the championship leader as possible.
A solid drive saw the Carlin racer climb back through the field early on and gained three places on his first lap. By lap six, Blomqvist had secured fifth but he had a large gap to bridge, of over ten seconds to the man in front. A safety car saw the cars bunch back together and Blomqvist capitalised by taking a 4th place finish.
In race two, Blomqvist was at the tail end of the grid in 22nd. Another solid drive saw him work his way up the order, and by lap four he was already up to 14th. Another safety car favoured the Walden man and off the restart he managed to claw his way up to 8th.
Race three Blomqvist had qualified 18th on the grid. He once again showed his class to close up on the top 10 and secured 6th place in the remaining few minutes of the race.
Next up, the F3 drivers head to the Norisring this weekend, where Blomqvist will again look to close the gap to rival Ocon.