Blomqvist signs up to race in Formula 3 Euro Series

PUBLISHED: 17:32 26 April 2012

Tom Blomqvist

Tom Blomqvist

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TEEN racing sensation Tom Blomqvist will compete in the Formula 3 Euro Series this season as he looks to continue his rapid rise towards F1 superstardom.

TEEN racing sensation Tom Blomqvist will compete in the Formula 3 Euro Series this season as he looks to continue his rapid rise towards F1 superstardom.

The 18-year-old from Saffron Walden will also be racing in the recently reformed FIA European Formula 3 Championship after agreeing a late deal.

Blomqvist will be driving a Volkswagen-engined Dallara F312 for ma-con Motorsport in this weekend’s Euro Series season opener at Hockenheim.

Speaking to the Reporter, he said: “The first race is definitely going to be a challenge but that’s part of the excitement. It will be the first time that we have run the car so we will have to take the first round as a rather large test session and be realistic about the results.

“I’d of course like to be at the sharp end straight away but I’m being realistic and the aim is to make good progress over the course of the year. I’m really looking forward to being back racing and this weekend can’t come soon enough for me.”

Blomqvist, snapped up to join McLaren’s Young Driver Programme in February, became the youngest champion of Formula Renault UK in 2010 – eclipsing the record set by Lewis Hamilton.

The young racer has also been nominated for the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award two years running and spent last season competing in German F3.

However, his difficult season was cut short when he broke his back in a crash at the Eurospeedway Lausitz last September.

The European series victor will win a Formula 1 and Formula 2 test at the end of the year, while the runner-up and third-place finisher will test a DTM car.

There are eight Formula 3 Euro Series race weekends on the calendar plus two races which are also part of the British Championship.

So far, 15 drivers have signed up to compete ahead of the weekend’s opening round.


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