Tom Blomqvist claims Hockenheim sixth place in DTM opening round
PUBLISHED: 15:57 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2016
The eagerly awaited return of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season got off to a good start for MB Partners’ client Tom Blomqvist and his team at BMW Team RBM as they secured a respectable sixth place at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.
Saffron Walden racer Blomqvist, the unofficial DTM “Rookie of the Year” for 2015, struggled in the first run of qualifying.
The second run was improved but traffic prevented him from hitting top gear.
Getting off to a good start in race one, Blomqvist, a one-time race winner in Oschersleben last September, unfortunately spun out in the last corner after a collision.
The severe damage to the car resulted in lost ground, but he persevered and finished the race in 13th.
Starting race two in eighth, Blomqvist quickly passed Esteban Ocon, maintaining seventh after 10 laps of dramatic racing.
Blomqvist worked hard for his position, battling with Robert Wickens and fellow MB Partners’ client Gary Paffett in a thrilling race.
Blomqvist, in his Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, eventually finished the race in seventh at the chequered flag.
Following Timo Glock’s disqualification on Sunday night, Blomqvist was awarded sixth.
“It was a challenging race,” said Blomqvist, who made his DTM debut last year.
“I had a decent first lap and stayed clear of trouble, but it got a bit tricky after the pit stop.
“It was a challenging race. Still, five BMWs in the top 10 is obviously a great result and, from a personal standpoint, I’m happy with my race.”
Races three and four of the 2016 DTM season will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on May 20-22.
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