Blomqvist, Sean Gelael and Stoffel Vandoorne had been some of the constant LMP2 entrants in Jota’s second ORECA 07 that was beforehand run underneath the Jackie Chan DC Racing banner, scoring 5 podiums over the course of the season and never ending exterior the highest 5 in any occasion.
Nevertheless, they finally fell 20 factors shy of WRT trio Ferdinand Habsburg, Robin Frijns and Charles Milesi within the title race, as race wins continued to elude them regardless of their promising race tempo all season.
The closest they got here to securing a race win was on the Le Mans 24 Hours, when Blomqvist crossed the ending line simply 0.727s behind Frijns’ WRT entry after recovering from two drive-through penalties.
Blomqvist and his team-mates had been additionally unfortunate to be concerned in early race collisions over the course of the season, with the Anglo-Swede hit by the opposite Jota automobile of Antonio Felix da Costa at Portimao and Gelael rotated by Paul Dalla Lana’s GTE Am Aston Martin Vantage within the first Bahrain race.
Blomqvist admitted that WRT did an unbelievable job in its first 12 months in prototypes, however rued the truth that his Jota crew was by no means in a position to have a trouble-free race to place collectively a extra convincing problem to its Belgian rival.
“We simply made too many errors over the course of the season right here and there have been small issues that did not go our method,” Blomqvist informed Autosport.
“I do not assume we had one single clear race, good race, and finally that damage us within the title race.
“Nonetheless, I had a incredible 12 months with Sean and Stoffel. It is our first 12 months right here and we had a very good tempo.
Blomqvist, Gelael and Vandoorne have a good time their third place within the Bahrain 8 Hours finale
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“We had been on the rostrum in any respect however one race, which I feel is a testomony to how sturdy we’re as a pairing and the way nicely Jota have completed.
“However we simply missed that little bit in executing the right race on the proper time and that is the place WRT was simply higher than us. We dwell and be taught and hopefully subsequent 12 months we will come again stronger.
“WRT upped their recreation massively [in the second half of the season]. They’re a firstclass crew, they’ve carried out at a particularly excessive stage.
“Additionally, they’d an excellent sturdy driver line-up with three actually stable drivers. In order that they had been clearly going to be a troublesome crew to beat.”
The #28 crew confronted extra points in Bahrain 8 Hours final weekend, together with a damaged diveplane, and finally completed third within the race, with Blomqvist being handed by da Costa for second with only a handful of laps to go.
“We needed to change the nostril, so we misplaced a while within the pits,” Blomqvist mentioned.
“I needed to push fairly exhausting on the tyres to maintain the hole, to verify I obtained forward of him on the final cease after which we had an issue within the pitstop. I misplaced five-six seconds, which put him proper behind me.
“I had taken just a little bit out of my tyres, perhaps a bit an excessive amount of out of my tyres. I used to be struggling lots with the rear tyres within the final stint and Antonio was simply faster than me.
#28 Jota ORECA 07 Gibson: Sean Gelael, Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist
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“Then I simply had just a little dangerous second with the site visitors and he was in a position to get a run on me and go me.
“Sadly we completed third. On the finish of the day we needed to win the championship, so second and third for me [in the race doesn’t matter].
“It could have been good to complete second however it does not imply a lot. We had been aiming to win the championship.
“It was only a messy race for us sadly that price us the prospect to combat with WRT.”