14th November 2018
Tom Blomqvist will head to Shanghai this weekend, returning to his World Endurance Championship duties for his BMW MTEK Team, to compete in the 6 Hours of Shanghai.
Tom returns behind the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE this weekend, marking his third start in the Championship after competing in the opening round at Spa-Francorchamps and last time out in Round Four at the 6 Hours of Fuji.
Once again, Blomqvist will be lining up alongside teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa, as the pair look to continue their impressive form of recent time in the World Endurance Championship, this time at the tricky 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit.
Following on from an extremely impressive performance in Fuji, where the TPS-sponsored driver guided the BMW M8 GTE to an outstanding second place in class, Tom was also the fastest of both the BMW M8 GTE’s in free practice, qualifying as well as the race, with Tom setting the race’s fastest lap - a feat Blomqvist will certainly be hoping to repeat this weekend.
Ahead of the weekend in Shanghai, Tom remains optimistic about the team’s chances of securing another podium, despite it being the first time the BMW M8 GTE’s first time around the track.
“Having had a podium last time out in Fuji, it would be a lie if I told you we weren’t expecting to fight for one in Shanghai too. That’s definitely the goal for us. For sure, we have to see how our car will perform around Shanghai, as each venue is a new proving ground for our BMW M8 GTE. I’ve done this race before in LMP2 and know how difficult the track can be so it’s going to be critical to nail the setup for the race.”
Heading to Shanghai, the 24-year-old Brit remains keen to impress and reward the BMW team in the last round of the calendar year in the WEC Superseason in order to end on a high.
“Having not driven since Fuji, I’m pretty excited to get back behind the wheel and I know António is just as hungry as I am for another good result. Hopefully, we are able to reward the team for all their hard work throughout 2018.”
Action this week in Shanghai for Tom will begin with two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday 16th November. With qualifying taking place the following day on Saturday 17th of November at 14:30 local time, and the race commencing at 11:00 on Sunday 18th of November.