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Blomqvist Completes HubAuto’s Le Mans Lineup

HubAuto Racing finalizes its debut Le Mans lineup with the signing of Tom Blomqvist…

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HubAuto Racing has completed its 24 Hours of Le Mans lineup with the signing of former BMW factory IMSA driver Tom Blomqvist who will make his debut in the race.

The British driver will share the wheel of HubAuto’s No. 72 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo with the previously-confirmed pairing of Marcos Gomes and team owner Morris Chen.

Blomqvist, who drove for BMW Team RLL in IMSA’s GT Le Mans category last year, effectively replaces Australian Tim Slade in HubAuto’s Le Mans driver lineup.

The 2018 Total 24 Hours of Spa winner has never contested Le Mans before, while this year’s edition will also mark his first-ever appearance behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

After being released from BMW at the end of last year, Blomqvist was confirmed to spend 2020 with the R-Motorsport Aston Martin squad in GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, however that program was recently put on hold.

HubAuto Racing received an automatic invitation to Le Mans after winning the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series GT3 title with a Ferrari driven by Gomes and other co-drivers throughout the season.

It’s understood that Slade, who was originally set to drive for the team in France, is unable to take part in the race because of Australian quarantine requirements that would have impacted on his racing commitments in his home country.

“I am very confident and delighted with our lineup with two highly experienced drivers,” said Chen, who contested Le Mans in 2015 with Team AAI.

“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 lineup.

“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.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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