WEC: Blomqvist to debut at Le Mans 24H with HubAuto Corsa

The former BMW factory driver Tom Blomqvist will be making his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month with the HubAuto Corsa team in the GTE-Am category.

The 26 year old will join the team replacing Australian Supercars Championship star Tim Slade.

Blomqvist will race in a Ferrari 488 GTE alongside Marcos Gomes and team owner Morris Chen, who will be his teammates at Le Mans.

Following the team’s success in the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series, where they claimed the title in the GT class, they received an invite to the Le Mans race on September 19-20.

The 2020 running of the Le Mans 24H next month was deferred from its original date in June, also hosting a limited number of spectators at the event in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

Blomqvist’s experience in the endurance discipline includes runnings in BMW’s GTLM campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (North America) and in WEC’s GTE-Pro class, up until his departure from BMW at the end of 2019.

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He was also announced as Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s reserve driver in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and is set to take over James Calado’s #51 I-Type 4 for the final two rounds.

Chen gave his thoughts: “I am very confident and delighted with our lineup with two highly experienced drivers.

“Marcos has been fast in the Ferrari, having driven with us in the endurance events of Asian Le Mans Series and Blancpain GT Asia.

“I’ve also watched Tom from afar and can see his talent, so I believe we have a very strong line-up.

“Le Mans is an impressive event and it has been a dream of mine to drive my own car with my own Taiwanese team at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

“I have been fortunate enough to race at the 24 Hours of Le mans once before, being the first Taiwanese driver to do so.

“Now the excitement is even greater as I can proudly say this is my team.”