First DTM points for Blomqvist
PUBLISHED: 09:26 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 13 July 2015
Tom Blomqvist celebrated scoring his first DTM career points in Zandvoort this weekend, with a seventh place finish in the first race at the Netherlands circuit.
The 21-year-old began the weekend with fifth quickest lap in the first practice session and improved on with the second fastest lap in the second session. He continued with a strong performance in qualifying to post eighth fastest lap of the session, booking himself a fourth row start for the first of the two DTM races of the weekend.
Blomqvist held position on the opening lap and, with a safety car deployed for an incident, remaining in eighth until green flag racing resumed on lap five. Having gained a place, he held station for the remaining 20 laps to secure his first DTM career points and play a part in a top seven lock-out for BMW.
The first race of the weekend will go down in BMW Motorsport history. Led by winner Marco Wittmann, BMW became the first manufacturer in the history of the DTM to finish in places one to seven.
Qualifying for the second race didn’t produce the results that Blomqvist wanted, with traffic spoiling his fastest lap and leaving him down in 21st position. Starting from the 11th row, he knew he would struggle to reach the points for a second time. As the race drew to a close, Blomqvist had an incident with rival Robert Wickens which resulted in a drive-through for the rookie and dropped him down to 18th place at the chequered flag.
“My problem on Sunday was not the race - it was qualifying,” he said.
“Unfortunately I was held up on my fastest lap, and was unable to start from the position I actually should have been in. That made it a tough day. On the whole, however, I am pleased with my first DTM points on Saturday and with the outstanding overall result for BMW. I hope we can build on this in Spielberg.”
Jens Marquardt, BMW motorsport director added: “[The top seven] is obviously an absolute dream result. After a superb qualifying, we were able to take full advantage of the good starting position. Marco Wittmann got off to a great start and had a great race. The same goes for António Félix da Costa, with the best DTM race of his career, and Tom Blomqvist, who scored his first DTM points.”
The DTM season continues with a trip to Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for the fifth round of the nine-event championship.