Saffron Walden racer’s dreams of Asian Le Mans Series podium finish scuppered

PUBLISHED: 09:12 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:12 08 December 2016

Saffron Walden's Tom Blomqvist failed to make it to the race start line in the Asian Le Mans Series

Saffron Walden's Tom Blomqvist failed to make it to the race start line in the Asian Le Mans Series


Tom Blomqvist’s chances of a Asian Le Mans Series podium leaked away at the Fuji Speedway at the weekend.

After a disappointing first round in China last month, the Saffron Walden racer and the BMW M6 GT3 were looking to be compete at the front of the grid.

Blomqvist lined up for a second time with Lam Yu and Akira Iida and things looked positive from the start.

In practice the team displayed great pace and Blomqvist looked set to be fighting for a podium finish from the start of the weekend.

On Saturday, qualifying duties were handed to Blomqvist who did not disappoint, putting the BMW in fifth place for the four-hour race on Sunday.

With the car looking strong and on race pace the team were optimistic that a podium was well within their grasp.

However, when the crew arrived for the race on Sunday morning a major fuel leak left the car stranded in the garage and as hard as the Team AAI crew tried, the damage could not be fixed.

Even though he didn’t get a chance to race this weekend, Blomqvist still took positives from Fuji and has his eyes set on the next round in Thailand which takes place between January 8-10.

Blomqvist said: “The car was working well and showed some great pace. The sister car proved that with a third-place finish so it was a shame not to see what we could have achieved.

“Unfortunately, we need to iron out some issues so we can start fighting for race wins and hopefully in Thailand we can make amends.”

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