11th October 2017
This weekend marks the final round of the DTM season and Tom Blomqvist is primed for action as the series heads to Hockenheim for the second time this season to contest the 2017 season finale.
The 4.754-km Hockenheimring has been an integral part of the DTM since its inaugural season and the circuit has always been a season highlight. Now hosting the opening and closing rounds of the season, the Hockenheimring always provides spectacular racing with plenty of overtaking with a high chance of crashes and safety cars.
This weekend sees added entertainment for the German crowds as fans at Hockenheim can look forward to a visit from Japanese manufacturers Nismo and Lexus, who will complete a number of demonstration laps with their cars.
Tom’s difficult season concludes this weekend at the Hockenheimring and the TPS-sponsored driver is hoping to end his turbulent season on a high.
“It has been a tough season for me. As such, it would obviously be nice to finish with a success. We’ll have to wait and see whether that is the case. The opposition will be very strong again, but we now know our car better than we did at the season opener at the same venue. Let’s see what we can do. It will definitely be interesting.”
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, is looking forward to an entertaining weekend.
“The finale at Hockenheim marks the end of what has been an eventful 2017 DTM season in many regards. In the 16 races so far, our teams have claimed three victories and 14 podium finishes. Marco Wittmann still has a mathematical chance of defending his Drivers’ title, although his fate is no longer in his own hands. One thing is already certain, every single team member has given their all in the previous race weekends – and we now want to head into the break on the back of some good results. Looking ahead, it is positive to see the Japanese manufacturers at Hockenheim. We promised the DTM fans that we would fight for the future of this series. That is precisely what we are doing.”
Track action in Germany commences on Friday with free practice at 15:15 (BST). The weekend’s two races fall on Saturday and Sunday at 13:45 and 14:15 respectively.
#2 Gary Paffett | Round Nine - Hockenheim (BST)
FP1: 15:15 - 15:50
FP2: 08:55 - 09:25
Q1: 10:45 - 11:05
FP3: 08:00 - 08:30
Q2: 11:00 - 11:20