Return to the ring for Blomqvist
Tom Blomqvist has been confirmed in the BMW squad to tackle the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours. A highlight of the international GT racing calendar, the ‘Green Hell’ offers a unique challenge with its demanding corners, variable weather and sheer danger that poses problems for even the world’s best drivers.
The legendary race, being held on the 27th and 28th of May, will see BMW bring a mixed line-up of DTM stars, GT specialists and well-known newcomers. After making an impressive debut in the BMW M6 GT3 last year, BMW will once again field the machinery for the 24-hour event and after a year’s worth of development, the car should be well equipped to add to BMW’s tally of 19 wins at the event.
BMW Motorsport Director, Jen Marquardt, is ready for the battle and is confident of the manufacturer’s chances this year. “After finishing fifth on the BMW M6 GT3’s debut last year, we’d be happy to move up a few places this time. To make that possible, you need experienced teams and reliable, fast drivers. We will field both of these once again in 2017. This is perhaps our most varied and excellent squad ever at the Nürburgring which is why I am confident that we will put on another good show for the BMW fans at the Ring.”
Having never driven the infamous 15.2-mile long track until early last year, Tom made several appearances at the Nordschleife – Nürburgring in the VLN series and Blancpain series prior to the 24-hour event. The 24-hour race saw Tom team up with Walkenhorst Motorsport in the number 999 with fellow BMW drivers Victor Bouveng, Christian Krognes and Michele di Martino. A crazy weekend of weather last year saw snow, hail, rain and sunshine all in the space of 24 hours. Tom and the team displayed a valiant effort and despite losing four laps in the pits due to a mechanical issue, drove the #999 BMW M6 GT3 home for a 12th place finish and the 2nd best placed BMW.
Blomqvist is enthused at the chance to compete at the legendary event again this year and is confident of the Munich outfit’s chances.
“This race is definitely one of the highlights of the year! The carnival atmosphere is like nothing else I’ve experienced in motorsport and makes for a great weekend of racing. We have a strong presence this year, with several great teams running our fantastic BMW M6 GT3 and with the combination of top drivers we are all even more confident this time out. I’m really excited for the race and I think BMW have a great chance of getting the job done this year!”
The race will come after the first two rounds of the 2017 DTM season and will see BMW field a squad of 21 GT and DTM drivers to tackle the historic race in the Eifel region.