Blomqvist joins all-star line-up at BMW DTM

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 February 2015

Tom Blomqvist will race for BMW in this season's DTM. Picture: BMW

Tom Blomqvist will race for BMW in this season's DTM. Picture: BMW

Andreas Beil

Tom Blomqvist will race in the ultra-competitive DTM Series this year, at the wheel of the eighth BMW M4 DTM car.

The 21-year-old from Saffron Walden will join reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann, Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock and António Félix da Costa.

Blomqvist was on track in the BMW M4 DTM for the first time at a test in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, at the start of December, where he and other debutants gained their first experience in a DTM racing car. He made an excellent impression, making a great case for the one vacant cockpit for the 2015 season.

“We are delighted to welcome another very promising youngster into our ranks, in the form of Tom Blomqvist,” said BMW motorsport director Jens Marquardt. “Tom was extremely impressive at the test in Jerez and comes to us with a wealth of experience from Formula 3.

“I am confident he has everything he needs to find his feet quickly in DTM. With his likeable personality, he is definitely a great asset to our line-up. We will support Tom to the best of our ability to be successful from the word go in 2015.”

Blomqvist, who finished second in the 2014 F3 Euro Series, added: “I cannot put into words just how delighted I am to have been signed up by BMW Motorsport.

“After the test in Spain, I was able to envisage just how it would feel to be a BMW works driver and regularly push myself to the limit in the BMW M4 DTM. Now I have the opportunity to do just that – and it’s just fantastic.

“I’m proud to be a member of the BMW Motorsport family now. As well as the exciting sporting prospects, I was immediately impressed by the great team spirit and the way I was made to feel so welcome at the test.”

The nine-race series starts on May 1 at Hockenheim in Germany. The competition stays in Germany for the next two races before moving to the Netherlands, Austria and Russia for consecutive meetings. It returns to Germany for the final three races, with the last one of the season taking place on October 16, again in Hockenheim.

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