Coming into the fourth round of the DTM Series at the Norisring, Tom Blomqvist had only two points to his name and was looking to get his season back on track.
The two points that the Anglo-Swede already had came from qualifying second on the grid at the Lausitzring.
It has been a difficult start to the season for BMW, but the Norisring and its nature as as a street circuit meant they had the opportunity to far more competitive.
For Blomqvist, Saturday’s race was a clean one in the damp conditions.
Making his pitstop, whilst running in fifth place the Anglo-Swede lost a number of positions to 8th place.
Mike Rockenfeller and Edoardo Mortara ahead of him made contact, forcing Mortara into a spin and Rockenfeller to be handed a drive through penalty meaning the BMW driver was now running in sixth place.
Blomqvist, found remarkable pace in the closing stages as he set a new-lap record as he hunted down Team RMR team-mate Timo Glock.
Deciding it was not worth the risk attempting a move, Blomqvist remained in sixth to secure his first points finish of the season.
Out front it was the first BMW victory of the season, with Bruno Spengler and Maxime Martin claiming a 1-2 finish as BMW claimed five of the top six positions.
“The race was a great one for BMW, I’m really happy for Bruno and Maxime. All the same, it feels great to score points in the first race. I lost a few positions at the start, but the pace was okay after that. I was right behind Timo Glock at the end, but could not find a way past him. Congratulations to the guys on the podium.”
It was a sense of deja vu on Sunday.
Last year, on the Sunday, Blomqvist claimed the first pole position of his DTM career at the Norisring and this year he repeated that feat.
Blomqvist claimed pole by 0.004 seconds over Robert Wickens.
Unfortunately for Blomqvist, he bogged down at the start which left him in sixth place at Turn 1 – because of this the Briton came in at the end of lap one for his mandatory pit stop.
The strategy did not pay off for Blomqvist as drivers who pitted after him still came out ahead.
Blomqvist tried getting past Glock, getting the move done whilst Jamie Green drove round the pair of them.
A safety car period was deployed following a crash between Rene Rast and Robert Wickens, at the restart Blomqvist changed positions five time in one lap to be running in 12th when the race was red flagged as a result of Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller suffering a horrific crash.
Blomqvist once again kept his nose clean at the second restart and managed to avoid any last-minutes drama to cross the line in ninth place.
“Two points are better than nothing. However, starting from pole, I obviously wanted to be much further up the field and challenging for the win. As such, I am very disappointed. I have had problems with my starts all season, and I did not get away well here either. Then I was unlucky when I returned to the track behind a large group after the pit stop, and dropped right back through the field. There was a very thin line between a top result and a place towards the back of the field today.”
With a tally of 15 points, Blomqvist is 15th in the drivers’ championship as the DTM moves to Russia and the Moscow Raceway.