Motorsport

Blomqvist back on WEC duties in Japan

10th October 2018

Tom Blomqvist and his BMW Team MTEK have made the 9,500-kilometre journey to the Fuji International Speedway in Japan for the “Six Hours of Fuji”, the first of two rounds in Asia, with Tom back on World Endurance Championship duties since the first round of the year at Spa.

Tom returns behind the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE this weekend to mark his third outing in BMW’s brand new endurance racer. Previously, Tom recorded the joint-highest finish of the M8’s WEC career at Spa-Francorchamps when he and Antonio Felix Da Costa finished the 6-hour race in 5th place in class.

Since then, Tom made another appearance in the M8 GTE at Watkins Glen in the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship where he finished 8th in class. Tom will stay with BMW Team MTEK for the next two rounds of the season of the FIA WEC in Japan and China, with his selection testament to his fine endurance racing performances in the M8 and his victorious trip to the 2018 24 Hours of Spa.

Excited to be back racing in the M8 GTE, Tom is hoping the Fuji track will play into the hands of BMW this weekend but understands the challenges ahead.

“First and foremost, I’m just excited to get back behind the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE. Looking at the weekend specifically, I think we have a chance to score our best result in the WEC so far. I enjoy the track and I’m hoping it will suit the characteristics a little more than previous events. I also love Japan but, at this time of year, you can never count on good weather so that has the potential to mix things up!”

Track action in Japan starts on Friday with two free practice sessions, with qualifying on Saturday taking place at 06:00 (BST). Sunday’s six-hour race will get underway at Fuji Speedway at 03:00.