Tom Blomqvist made history as he took both race wins at the final round of the Formula Renault Winter Cup at Rockingham.
Driving for series stalwarts Fortec Motorsport, 15-year-old Blomqvist, the son 1984 WRC champion Stig, became the youngest ever winner in championship, despite entering the series after a season in which he finished third in Swedish Formula Renault.
The first race saw Blomqvist take the lead off the line as pole-sitter Harry Tincknell started poorly. A restart after a first lap accident brought the Safety Car out saw the Swede start well again, and begin to pull away from Marlon Stockinger and Tincknell, setting fastest lap in the process.
Blomqvist's final margin over his chasers was nearly six seconds, with Nick Yelloly and Dino Zamparelli completing the top five.
The fourth and final race of the series saw Tincknell and Blomqvist make more even starts, though Blomqvist finally won the battle, moving ahead after turn four at Yentwood. Once more Blomqvist surged ahead, increasing his margin, only to the Safety Car wipe out his lead after Robert Foster-Jones' accident at Pif-Paf. The red flag soon stopped the race entirely, with field forming a new grid based on current race positions before a reduced 7-lap race.
However, once more Blomqvist got away into the lead, from Tincknell and Yelloly while Stockinger and Dutchman Thomas Hylkema fought over fourth.
But no-one could stop the leader as he added a second fastest lap (1:16.040) to his race one accolade en route to a second race victory.
Tincknell's second place was enough to more than rubber stamp his series victory, the summer Graduate Cup winner increasing his margin to 26 points over Yelloly, who finished third in the second race.
“I struggled with my starts this weekend which cost me but I'm delighted with the overall win and how well my first season has gone in Formula Renault UK. Tom is certainly quick and will no doubt prove tricky competition in 2010 if he decides to race.”
Meanwhile, Blomqvist clearly wants to continue the battle next year, saying “I got a good start in both races which helped and then it was a case of just putting in consistent lap times. I'm delighted with how well my first Formula Renault UK meeting has gone and hope to contest a full season with Fortec Motorsport in 2010.”
With the winter series over, Rockingham also marked the last race for the Taatus built chassis, with a new design destined for the 2010 season.
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