Tom Blomqvist has joined BMW for the 2015 DTM season, with the Englishman joining reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann, Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock and António Félix da Costa at the marque.
Blomqvist, the son of Swedish rally legend Stig, joins the series after a successful year in Formula 3, with the 21-year-old scoring 420 points, winning six races and stepping on the podium 15 times before eventually finishing as runner-up overall.
“We are delighted to welcome another very promising youngster into our ranks, in the form of Tom Blomqvist,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Tom was extremely impressive at the test in Jerez, and comes to us with a wealth of experience from Formula 3. I am confident he has everything he needs to find his feet quickly in the DTM. With his likeable personality he is definitely a great asset to our line-up.
“We have done well with our choice of rookies so far. We will support Tom to the best of our ability to be successful from the word go in 2015.”
Blomqvist, who started his car racing career in 2009, won his first championship in 2010, winning the Formula Renault UK championship aged just 16, the youngest ever for the series. Several outings in the German F3 Cup and F3 championship led to him then joining the F3 Euro series, as well as making a guest appearance in Formula BMW, finishing third in Macau.
“I cannot put into words just how delighted I am to have been signed up by BMW Motorsport,” said Blomqvist. “After the test in Spain, I was able to envisage just how it would feel to be a BMW works driver and regularly push myself to the limit in the BMW M4 DTM. Now I have the opportunity to do just that – and it’s just fantastic.
“I’m really proud to be a member of the BMW Motorsport family now. As well as the exciting sporting prospects, I was also immediately impressed by the great team spirit and the way I was made to feel so welcome at the test.”