8th July 2019
Tom Blomqvist put in a strong performance in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Canada by qualifying the car on the front row and finishing fourth in the race.
For the sixth round of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Tom headed north of the American border to compete at the 2.46-mile circuit just a stone’s throw away from Lake Ontario.
The weekend got off to a good start for Tom and his team-mate Connor De Phillippi as they finished the first practice session third in the GTLM class in their BMW M8 GTE. The next two practice sessions proved to be more challenging, although the Integro-sponsored driver remained optimistic heading into the weekend’s qualifying.
When the time came for the 15-minute showdown on Saturday, Tom and Connor decided that the person to set the time behind the wheel would be Tom. Blomqvist then headed out onto the track for the #25 BMW Team RLL duo and set a time that put him onto the front row of the grid for Sunday’s race.
As Sunday came along, Tom would get the race underway for the #25 BMW as he lined the grid from second place in the GTLM Class.
Off of the line, Tom unfortunately fell back to fifth place after starting from second. Lapping well to reduce the deficit to the front-runners, Tom pitted on lap 39 - just before the one-hour mark - and handed the reins over to Connor.
Connor was at the wheel for an hour, and in that time made up ground to be running in third position. With the #25 making its second stop just before the two-hour point, Connor returned into the field in fourth place.
With only 40-minutes to go, the race was hit with two yellow flags and then a red flag. It then went back to racing for the final time with 17-minutes remaining. Connor held onto fourth position for the duo, and crossed the line nine seconds behind the sister BMW car in second place.
“Overall, I am disappointed with myself for losing three positions at the start,” Tom said after the race. “Ultimately, we had to make some strategic changes to try to make it up, but unfortunately the podium was just out of reach.
“We set a great time in qualifying and it’s a shame we couldn’t convert that into a podium finish - which the team fully deserved for all their efforts this weekend. However, these things happen and we’ll look to put them right in the next race!”
The next round of IMSA competition will take place at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on 18-20th July.