In a continuation of my new series showcasing some of motorsport’s brightest young stars, I’m going to slightly veer away from the usual three series covered on this blog (BTCC, F1 and V8SC) and examine the career of BMW Team RBM young gun Tom Blomqvist of the DTM. If you missed the start of Just Who Is, you can catch part one featuring Esteban Ocon here.
At just 22 years of age, Blomqvist has experienced his fair share of success in the feeder categories, and judging from his end of year form in his debut DTM season (2015), has a very bright future ahead.
Like all successful racing drivers, Blomqvist began his career in karting, winning multiple championships in New Zealand before moving to Europe to compete in Formula Renault Sweden in 2009. A fine third place in his debut season in single seaters facilitated a move to Formula Renault UK for 2010 with Fortec Motorsport, competing alongside now well known names such as Will Stevens (F1), Alex Lynn (GP2) and Hugo Valente (WTCC). Three wins and a further twelve podiums ensured Blomqvist continued his promising single seater form by scoring 465 points, and with them, the 2010 championship.
Throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013 Blomqvist plied his trade in German F3, Formula 3 Euroseies and the European F3 Championship, notching up solid 6th, 5th and 7th place finishes respectively, until his 2nd place finish in 2014 with Carlin paved a way to DTM in 2015.
Replacing Joey Hand at BMW Team RBM was no easy task, and throughout the first half of 2015, Blomqvist steadily improved in what proved to be an ultra competitive DTM field by scoring his first points in what was a BMW whitewash at Zandvoort. A further points finish at Moscow Raceway confirmed his much improved mid season form, and a spectacular drive at Oschersleben saw the young rookie take his first DTM win in commanding fashion.
Further points would follow at the Nurburgring and Hockenheim to cement a fine 14th place finish in his debut season, and with BMW keeping an unchanged DTM lineup for 2016, we can expect more strong performances from Blomqvist throughout the coming year. To make his mark on a championship home to so many illustrious names, such as Timo Glock and Mattias Ekstrom at the young age of 22 is a remarkable achievement for any young driver in his first season of touring car racing, and if 2015 is anything to go by, the future of the DTM is in very safe hands indeed.