Top six end for Saffron Walden racer Tom Blomqvist's Asian adventure
PUBLISHED: 16:25 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 25 January 2017
Tom Blomqvist ended his Asian Le Mans Series experience with a sixth-placed finish at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this previous weekend.
Saffron Walden racer Blomqvist managed to put the BMW seventh on the grid, only 0.529 seconds off the pole-sitting Ferrari.
Sunday’s four-hour race was again a tactical battle with several teams running different strategies.
The real battle on the Sunday was against the two Team FIST-AAI BMWs, with Blomqvist starting seventh and the sister car starting up in fifth.
Blomqvist’s car displayed great pace all day and when the four hours were up, he had managed to leapfrog the sister BMW to secure sixth place.
Blomqvist said: “It wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for.
“We struggled a little for outright pace all weekend but nonetheless we made the best of the situation.
“I was happy with mine and the team’s performance during the race and I’ve really enjoyed my experience with Team AAI in the Asian Le Mans Series.”
Blomqvist ended the short campaign tied 10th in the drivers’ championship and Team FIST-AAI secured ninth in the teams’ championship out of 16 teams, an impressive result for a team that only finished two of the four races this season.
With his Asian Le Mans Series exploits now behind him, Blomqvist’s full attention turns towards the 2017 DTM season which kicks off in May at Hockenheim, Germany.
After an impressive sophomore season in the DTM, he will now be looking to build on his sixth-placed finish from last year’s campaign and has his sights set on competing at the top of the leaderboard.