Blomqvist keeps LMP2 title hopes alive with podium in Bahrain

A storming drive through the field to second place from Tom Blomqvist and the #28 JOTA Sport crew of Sean Gelael and Stoffel Vandoorne has kept their LMP2 title aspirations alive as the FIA World Endurance Championship reaches a crescendo in Bahrain this weekend.

Tom sealed an emphatic pole position on Friday evening at the Bahrain International Circuit to put the team in the best position possible to continue their championship charge.

After teammate Sean Gelael was spun around during his opening stint, Tom and the team had it all to do to salvage a result but a resilient drive saw them storm back through the field to second place.

As a result, the #28 team enter the title decider only five points adrift of the leading WRT crew with a total of 39 still on the table.

“Last weekend was a real rollercoaster of emotions. The high of getting pole position on Friday followed by the gutting low of being spun around was tough but we kept on fighting and never gave up. Our race proved that nothing is certain and we came away with a very well deserved second place. Our aim this weekend is to go one better and do all we can to take that championship crown. The margins are incredibly fine but, whatever happens, it’s been a great season and I’m looking forward to one last blast with the team.”

Track action resumes on Thursday with the first Free Practice session at 17:30 local time (14:30 GMT). Two further Free Practice sessions follow at 09:00 (06:00) and 13:20 (10:20) on Friday morning with Qualifying at 17:20 (14:20) later in the afternoon. The race itself then gets underway at 14:00 (11:00) on Saturday.

Viewers can watch the race in its entirety live on Eurosport or through the official FIA WEC website.

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