Saffron Walden’s Tom Blomqvist faces uphill battle at Silverstone

PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 12 April 2013

Tom Blomqvist in action for EuroInternational.

Tom Blomqvist in action for EuroInternational.

(c) FIA F3 / Suer

TOM Blomqvist endured a difficult start to the second round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone after being forced to stop on track when a wheel came loose from his car during qualifying.

The 19-year-old EuroInternational driver encountered the problem during a rain-affected second qualifying session topped by Dunmow racer Alex Lynn.

Blomqvist had previously qualified 12th and 13th for race one and two tomorrow (Saturday), with the third event scheduled for Sunday at the home of British motorsport.

The Saffron Walden driver, a member of the Red Bull junior team, will now be forced to start the final race from the back of the field after failing to complete a lap.

After qualifying two, he tweeted: “Not our day. P12 in Q1 on dry track, it then rained & I lost a wheel on the out lap in q2. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. On & upwards.”

Championship leader Raffaele Marciello is also well-placed to add to his points tally after qualifying fourth, third and second for races one to three, respectively.

British driver Harry Tincknell is on pole for the opening two races.

Silverstone is hosting the second round of the championship following last month’s opener at the legendary Monza circuit in Italy. Blomqvist currently lies sixth in the championship, one place and four points behind Lynn.

Nineteen-year-old Prema Powerteam racer Lynn qualified second and fourth for races one and two, before producing a stellar lap to secure pole position in difficult conditions.

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