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Blomqvist gets Spa 24 Hours chance with Rowe BMW

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Blomqvist gets Spa 24 Hours chance with Rowe BMW
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Jul 4, 2017, 11:32 AM

BMW DTM driver Tom Blomqvist will make his Spa 24 Hours debut later this month with the factory Rowe Racing squad. 

#98 Rowe Racing BMW M6: Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler, Markus Palttala
Polesitter Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
#98 Rowe Racing, BMW M6 GT3: Martin Tomczyk, Tom Blomqvist, Stef Dusseldorp
#98 Rowe Racing, BMW M6 GT3: Martin Tomczyk, Tom Blomqvist, Stef Dusseldorp
Tom Blomqvist, BMW Team RBM, BMW M4 DTM
#98 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3: Tom Blomqvist, Martin Tomczyk, Stef Dusseldorp
#98 Rowe Racing, BMW M6 GT3: Markus Paltalla, Bruno Spengler, Jesse Krohn

The 23-year-old Briton will drive the #98 BMW M6 GT3 in the double-points Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series together with Bruno Spengler and Nicky Catsburg. 

Blomqvist has been given the Spa chance after an outing in the #98 car in the Paul Ricard 1000km Blancpain race late last month. 

"It's all been a bit last minute, and I found out at Ricard that the reason I was there was to see how I'd go with a view to doing Spa," Blomqvist told Motorsport.com.

"I'm pretty excited for it: it's a big event and I'm looking forward to racing at Spa in something other than an Formula 3 car."

Blomqvist, who had raced for Rowe on two previous occasions before Ricard, joins BMW's Spa line-up after finishing fourth at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in May with the Schnitzer squad. 

"I had a pretty decent run at the 'Ring, so the goal is to go to Spa to try to win it," said Blomqvist. "I know the team and I know my team-mates well, which is going to make life a lot easier."

Blomqvist's inclusion in the factory squad means that Markus Palttala, who has raced for Rowe in its two previous Endurance Cup appearances this year, moves over to the customer Walkenhorst team. 

The #99 Rowe BMW will be driven by 2016 Spa winners Maxime Martin, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng, who contested this year's Silvertone and Ricard BGTS enduros together.  

Rowe's two cars are present at Spa on Tuesday for the official pre-race test, in which a total of 65 cars are due to take part, including some British GT Championship teams preparing for this weekend's Spa round.

An entry list issued on Tuesday confirmed a total of 66 entries for the race on July 29/30.

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