Blomqvist 'rains' supreme at Spa
PUBLISHED: 10:13 02 August 2012
RAINMASTER Tom Blomqvist again showed off his peerless wet weather skills as he enjoyed a podium finish at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
For the second time in a month, the Saffron Walden racer produced a stunning display in the unpredictable and treacherous conditions in race 3 as he crossed the line 2nd overall and 1st in the invitational class.
Blomqvist was competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship series with a combination of 29 entrants from both British F3 and the F3 Euro Series.
He was strong in qualifying – despite having to make a number of fundamental set-up changes because of the switch from Hankook tyres used in the F3 Euro Series to the Cooper ones the British F3 cars race with – putting in a best lap that was good enough for 6th place in race 3, second-quickest in his class.
“I was 100 per cent happy with the car in qualifying, everything was going well and I felt there were huge amounts of time to be found,” the 18-year-old told the Reporter.
“I was pleased with my quickest lap but I got blocked by the guy in front during my second run and just ran out of time in the end.”
That left Blomqvist 11th for race 1 – as the second quickest times are taken to decide the grid for the opening event.
And despite a good start in hot conditions, which saw him move up to 8th, the ma-con Motorsport man dropped back to 10th as the Cooper tyres faded in race trim.
A deluge of heavy rain then led to the cancellation of race 2 before it had even began.
Race 3 was also hit by a mixture of rain and dry spells but Blomqvist held his nerve throughout.
“I got a really good start and moved up from 6th to 4th at the first corner,” Blomqvist said.
“The track then dried out quite a bit and that allowed me to reel in the guys in front of me before the rain came down again. Two of the drivers ahead went off the track and that put me up to 2nd but I couldn’t quite catch the leader.”
Next up for Blomqvist is the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the German F3 Cup in two weeks.