15/11/17

Tom Blomqvist prepped for magical Macau

Tom Blomqvist is set to compete in the FIA GT World Cup at the iconic Guia Circuit in Macau, China, this weekend in the BMW M6 GT3 with ROWE Racing.

The FIA GT World Cup is an annual showdown of the world’s best GT drivers as they go head to head at the highly prestigious Macau street circuit. The World Cup brings together all GT championships from across the globe and attracts drivers from the DTM to Super GT. With an ‘all-pro’ field taking to the track for the first time this year - it is certainly a race every driver would love to win.

One of the most iconic and difficult tracks in the world, the Guia Circuit is a dangerously narrow circuit with the layout changing since its first ever event in 1954. The narrowest part of the track has a width of merely seven-metres and you never stray too far from the barriers in Macau. An extremely long straight at the start of the lap offers a perfect overtaking opportunity before the track then sweeps into its tight twisty sectors.

This year marks the third edition of the FIA GT World Cup and Tom’s first competition around the Guia Circuit in a GT3-spec car. Tom has previously competed around the iconic circuit in the F3 Macau Grand Prix which has been running for over 65 years now. Tom’s best result at the historic race was in 2010 when his relationship with BMW first blossomed, teaming up with Formula BMW Pacific to finish on the podium at his first attempt and recording the fastest lap of the race.

Now returning for the first time since 2014, Tom hopes to have an enjoyable reunion with the track but he knows he’s up against some fierce competition.

“I’m super excited to get back out on this incredible track, I haven’t been here since my last run in F3 back in 2014. It’s going to be a new challenge and I will have to attack it from a different dimension in a GT3 car. I’m up against some series talent and a lot of Macau experience so it’s going to be tough. However, this is the sort of challenge I thrive on and I’m really excited to get the weekend underway!”

Track action begins on Thursday with free practice commencing proceedings in Macau at 03:20 (GMT) with the FIA GT World Cup getting underway on Sunday morning at 04:10 (GMT).