Walden racer Tom Blomqvist endures a tough opening weekend at Hockenheim
PUBLISHED: 18:04 02 May 2012
IT was a tough start to the season for Saffron Walden racer Tom Blomqvist as he struggled in the opening round of the Formula 3 Euro Series championship.
The 18-year-old had anticipated the weekend being a challenge – having had little time to test his car after signing with a new team on the eve of the season opener at Hockenheim.
Despite a promising start in the first race, where he ended up 7th, Blomqvist believed his 11th place finishes in the second and third races were a more accurate reflection of where his team stood in relation to the rest of the field.
“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done before we can begin fighting further up,” he told the Reporter.
“We are a new team with a new car so it is going to be hard work, but I am pretty confident we can make progress and things are only going to get better from here.”
After enduring a tough practice session, during which he damaged his car, Blomqvist could only manage to qualify 16th for the first race – having lost time in the session while repairs were carried out.
But despite the lowly starting position, the youngster produced an inspired performance to cross the line in 7th.
“I had a bit of luck along the way but the first race was very pleasing. I got a good start and had a decent first lap so it was not a bad result but I think the two 11th places were a truer picture of where we stand at the moment.
“I would prefer to be closer to the front but it is a good learning curve for me to have the responsibility of developing the car and helping to bring the team further up the field,” the Walden speedster said.
Looking ahead to the next round at Pau in France in two weeks’ time, Blomqvist said he did not anticipate a huge step forward in performance because of the limited testing time available, but was positive nonetheless.
“We have not got time to test parts and develop bits of the car that we need to before we head to Pau so I expect it to be more of the same,” he added.
“It looks like these first three events are going to be tough for us but I am just glad to be racing in such an awesome championship and hopefully we will be fighting higher up the grid as the season progresses.”
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