12/09/19

Blomqvist ready for legendary Laguna Seca

Tom Blomqvist will contest the penultimate round of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend as the series heads to the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 2.238 miles racetrack is one of the most iconic tracks in the world, with a 180 feet elevation change located on California’s central coast. Its eleven turns are highlighted by the circuit's signature turn, the downhill-plunging "Corkscrew".

Recognised as one of the most challenging corners in the world racing, when drivers arrive at the apex to Turn 8, the elevation change is a 12% drop and by the time they reach the apex of Turn 8A, the elevation is at its steepest – an 18% drop. The Corkscrew drops 59 feet between the entrance of Turn 8 to the exit of Turn 8A in only 450 feet of track length and from Turn 8 to Turn 9, the elevation falls 109 feet.

Despite strong performances this season, Tom and his Team BMW RLL team-mate, Connor De Phillippi, have struggled in recent rounds as their #25 BMW M8 GTLM has failed to match the pace of its competitors.

Now at the penultimate round of the season, Tom is hoping to end his season on a high as he aims to pick up his first podium of the season.

“Laguna Seca is one of those tracks that you grow up as a kid knowing about. It’s synonymous with racing in the US and has one of the most famous corners in racing. Again, it’s new to me, but I’m excited to drive around there. Hopefully, we can bounce back from a difficult weekend in Virgina with a positive showing at Laguna.”

Tom’s weekend gets underway on Friday with free practice at 18:55 (BST). Qualifying takes place on Friday with qualifying at 21:05, with Sunday’s race getting started at 20:05.