|Nationality||British / New Zealand|
November 30, 1993 |
|Related to||Stig Blomqvist (father)|
|2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship|
|Former teams||ma-con Motorsport|
|Best finish||7th in 2012|
|Formula 3 Euro Series
German Formula Three
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden
Formula Renault NEZ
|2010||Formula Renault UK|
Tom Leonard Blomqvist Born 30 November 1993 in Cambridge, England, is a British/New Zealand racing driver who lives near Saffron Walden, Essex. He is the son of the 1984 Swedish World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist and raced under a Swedish racing licence until March 2010.
Tom Blomqvist began his racing career in karting, in which he competed between 2003 and 2008, winning eight Championship titles in New Zealand. In 2009, at the young age of 15, he left his home in New Zealand in order to make the move to motor racing in Europe, starting with Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden where he took five podium finishes and one victory from 14 races, finishing third in the standings. He also finished third in the Formula Renault NEZ Championship. At the end of the season, having to first apply for special permission to race as he was still only 15-years-old, he competed in two of the four races of the Formula Renault UK Winter Series winning both of the races at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
In 2010 he competed in the full Formula Renault UK season racing for Fortec Motorsport, taking 12 podiums on his way to becoming the youngest ever champion in the series' history at the age of 16 - beating the record set by Lewis Hamilton who won the Championship aged 18.
In December 2010 Blomqvist was a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist as well as receiving the Autosport British Club Driver Of The Year Award. At the British Racing Drivers' Club awards he received the Henry Surtees Award for the most outstanding performance by a rising star.
2011 saw Blomqvist competing in German F3 with Performance Racing. Despite competing against stronger teams, he was lying 3rd in the Championship when at the start of the race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz he was hit by another car and propelled into a wall, prematurely ending his season and breaking his back at the same time. It would require several months of recuperation before Blomqvist was fit to drive again.
On 30 November 2011 Blomqvist signed with 2MB Sports Management, owned by former F1 driver Mark Blundell.
It is testament to Blomqvist's talent that he once again had the privilege to be a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist at the end of 2011.
In the same month Blomqvist was one of six finalist in a large selection process as Porsche looked for two new junior drivers who would also be contesting the Porsche Carrera Cup. Despite the accolade of being chosen as one of the drivers, Blomqvist elected to stay in single-seaters and a few weeks later, having been selected as a European F3 VW Factory Driver, he signed with Ma-con Motorsport to contest the F3 Euroseries.
Because of his outstanding success at Macau in 2010, Eurointernational invited Blomqvist to compete in the 2012 German F3 Championship, fitting the races around his F3 Euroseries schedule. Despite only competing in five rounds, Blomqvist was 5th in the Championship having achieved an impressive 10 podiums, including five wins, and led by 16 points for these rounds.
Blomqvist finished the season in a credible 7th place for both the F3 Euroseries and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship having competed with a team new to Formula 3. He entered the Macua F3 street circuit race in November 2012 where he and his team, Eurointernational, used a brand new car but with no time to test beforehand the results were disappointing.
At the end of 2012 Blomqvist was selected to join the Red Bull Junior Team and will be competing in the newly-formed FIA European Formula 3 Championship this year - billed as "the most competitive young talent series on the planet" - where he will join his former team EuroInternational.
|Formula Renault UK