Tom Blomqvist makes a good start in German F3

PUBLISHED: 14:19 26 April 2011

Tom Blomqvist in his new F3 car

Tom Blomqvist in his new F3 car

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RACE ace Tom Blomqvist had a mixed first weekend in the German F3 championship.

Motor racing

RACE ace Tom Blomqvist had a mixed first weekend in the German F3 championship.

The 17-year-old Saffron Walden-based driver bagged pole position for the first of two races and then converted it into a second-place finish, but he then failed to finish in race two, after starting fifth, following mechanical problems.

The two results put him third in the championship table with nine points – a great start considering he is getting used to a new format, new car and new team following his move from Formula Renault UK.

Speaking from the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, he said: “Yesterday was a day to forget. A DNF is not good for the championship but we will fight back at the next round.

“A big mistake in qualifying cost me pole(in race two). But I finished second in the first race from pole. We some difficulties during the race but will work on it.”

His first competitive outing in the car was a blistering one though as he secured poll by .300 of a second, showing his rising ability and potential behind the wheel.

He then went on to grab second spot from just 10 seconds behind winner and championship leader Richie Stanaway.

In race two he was forced into the pits on lap six and had to retire with mechanical problems.

The next race is at the world famous Spa circuit in southern Belgium on May 6 and 7.

German F3 leaderboard

1. Richie Stanaway NZL 22

2. Marco Sörensen DEN 14

3. Tom Blomqvist GBR 9

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