Chaotic rain-soaked F3 race could be preview for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 July 2012

Saffron Walden racer Tom Blomqvist (rear) challenges for position in a wet race 3.

Saffron Walden racer Tom Blomqvist (rear) challenges for position in a wet race 3.


WALDEN racer Tom Blomqvist had an eventful weekend in the latest round of the F3 Euro Series Championship – with rain, a damaged car and breaking up of the track all playing havoc.

The 18-year-old endured mixed fortunes at the Norisring circuit, Germany, showing good race pace after a trying qualifying session which was delayed by 24 hours because of problems with the track cracking up.

“Qualifying didn’t go to plan,” Blomqvist told the Reporter. “I struggled with the balance on my first set of tyres and when we pitted to change them I ran out of laps to move up the order.”

“That was a little disappointing because I thought we had the pace to challenge the leaders after my performance in practice, where I was third quickest.

“But the first race was good, finishing 10th after starting down in 17th. I got caught up in an accident on the first lap and lost out a few places because of that, but I worked my way back up to 8th after a safety car restart and it was all looking good until I had my rear wing taken off in a coming together.

“I lost a couple of places but up to that point the car felt really quick.”

In race 2, the mac-con Motorsport driver again showed off some impressive overtaking manoeuvres – scything his way through the field to cross the line in 6th, four places higher than his starting position.

Then came the torrential rain which served up a chaotic race 3.

“It was a little frustrating the race got stopped because again I was making up places and the pace in the car was good. I love driving in the wet but it was too dangerous to continue – there was so much spray I couldn’t see a thing. I think it was the right call to red flag the race before the end.”

The result meant Blomqvist finished in 7th place overall in the final race, although he was 4th in the Euro Series category because the meeting also included cars from the British F3 Championship.

His next race is in the German F3 Cup at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany this weekend.

• This weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone is expected to be hit by heavy rain. Showers are forecast throughout the day on Sunday, with more rain anticipated during Friday’s free practice session and qualifying on Saturday.

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