7th May 2019
Tom Blomqvist added more points to his IMSA season tally this past weekend, as he and Connor De Phillipi battled hard for a podium finish before eventually finishing in an impressive fourth position in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.
Heading to the second sprint race of the season, the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, Tom and his team felt confident as the circuit suited their package and had their sights set on securing a strong result in the first two-hour and 40-minute race of the season.
The weekend started strongly for Tom and Conor as they finished the first practice session with a time of 1:44.438, placing them in 2nd position in the GTLM class in the wet session around Mid-Ohio. Two more practice sessions followed before the weekend’s qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon.
Connor De Phillipi took on the qualifying duties for the #25 Team RLLR BMW M8 GTE and his fastest time, this time in the dry, a 1:19.893, secured the car a third row start in sixth position for the upcoming race.
Connor De Phillipi began the race for the BMW outfit, before handing over to Tom halfway through the race. Now behind the wheel, and still in the 5th position starting place, Tom was showing strong pace and progressed his way through the field into the podium places.
As the clock wound down, Tom was running in 3rd place but a fast approaching Porsche arrived on his tail for a scrap for the final podium place. Battling with the Porsche GT Team for a podium finish, Tom was involved in a close fought battle but eventually lost out to the Porsche and finished the race in fourth position, narrowly missing the podium.
Leaving Mid-Ohio with a healthy 28 points, Tom’s performance this weekend saw him rocket up the drivers’ standings into 9th place from 16th.
Reflecting on a much more positive weekend behind the wheel, Tom was pleased with the team’s work over the weekend in Mid-Ohio.
“Being so close to the podium and missing out is always difficult. We were fighting for that last podium spot but just fell short. The team did a great job this weekend preparing the car. We will take the points and the learnings away and improve for the next race.”
Tom will return to his IMSA duties with BMW Team RLLR for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen (27 - 30 June).