Blomqvist shines on return to German F3 Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:09 12 June 2012

Saffron Walden's Tom Blomqvist on the podium at last weekend's ATS German F3 Cup at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.

Saffron Walden's Tom Blomqvist on the podium at last weekend's ATS German F3 Cup at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.

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MOTOR racing star Tom Blomqvist enjoyed a successful return to the German F3 Cup series he raced in last year – grabbing a pole position and two podium finishes.

The Saffron Walden youngster was delighted with his performance in qualifying at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany – putting the car on the front row for both race 1 and 3.

But he was left frustrated at not being able to convert the good starting positions into wins, instead having to settle for 3rd in both races.

He also enjoyed a 4th place finish in race 2 – the reversed grid – to complete a satisfying weekend at the front of the field.

It was Blomqvist’s first race in the series this season, an opportunity he jumped at when he was offered the race seat by former team Eurointernational.

Speaking to the Reporter after the event, the 18-year-old said he had gone into the weekend with “high expectations” and was pleased with his pace over one lap.

“In qualifying I was able to get the most out of the new tyres and put in an excellent lap but it was much more difficult in the races with the tyres getting older and more worn.

“After competing in this series last season I have experience of what the tyres are like and how they work but I had a lot of understeer in the races this weekend.

“It’s much more difficult to manage the tyres for half an hour than it is switching them on for two or three laps in qualifying so that is something we need to improve on for the next race.”

Blomqvist is competing in the F3 Euro Series championship this season but was racing for his old team during a small break in the calendar.

He will also be returning to the Eurointernational team for the race at Oschersleben in Germany at the beginning of July.

The youngster was buoyed by an impressive display at the Red Bull Ring in Austria earlier this month after picking up his first podium of the year.

He has endured a difficult start to the season with his ma-con Motorsport team, who are also competing in the series for the first time, but a number of promising results in recent weeks suggest things are looking up ahead of the next race at the Norisring in Germany.


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