Tom Blomqvist has joined United Autosports for an assault on the 2023 FIA World Endurance LMP2 Championship title alongside his 2022 IMSA title-winning partner Oliver Jarvis and Josh Pierson in the #23 Oreca-07.
Blomqvist has won titles in both single-seaters and sports cars, winning the 2022 IMSA DPi championship alongside Jarvis, United’s current WEC driver No. 23, with a pole position and then a victory at Petit Le Mans. season finale at Road Atlanta.
Jarvis returns to United for a second season alongside Josh Pierson – Oliver made his WEC debut in 2012 with the first of two consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finishes for Audi, raced with United for the first time at Fuji (WEC ) in 2019 – third place contender. He re-signed with United for this season’s WEC campaign, winning Sebring’s opening race with Pierson, with Alex Lynn joining forces at Spa and now heading to the Bahrain final (November 12) by placing second in the standings.
Born in Cambridge and raised in New Zealand, Blomqvist comes from motor racing with his father, Stig, who won the World Rally Championship driver’s title in 1984. A motorsport all-rounder with extensive experience in the sports cars, Formula E, GT and DTM, Tom has competed in 11 WEC races, from 2016 to 2021, most recently in LMP2 with Jota, with a podium rate of 64%.
One of the major highlights came in 2021, when he finished just 0.727 seconds behind the winning Team WRT car at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, the closest in WEC LMP2 history.
United are expected to demand a replacement for Blomqvist at Portimao and Monza, with both races coming up against IMSA events where Tom has a commitment with Acura in the GTP class of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.
“I am delighted to join United Autosports for the 2023 WEC campaign. They have proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the world of endurance racing and I am delighted to work with the whole team. a successful year with Olly, winning the IMSA championship together, so teaming up with him and Josh is really exciting
line up! It’s great to be back in the WEC paddock, back at Le Mans and in the ultra-competitive LMP2 class, so a big thank you to Zak and Richard for the confidence they have shown in me.
“I’m super excited to continue with United in 2023 and to stay as a team with Josh. We tasted victory together at Sebring earlier in the year, and I’m confident we’ll finish this season strong in Bahrain and that we will come back even stronger next year.
Tom will be a great addition to our #23 team. He and I have been teammates all year after winning the IMSA Championship together, so it’s great to continue with him in the WEC. Together, the three of us will be a force to be reckoned with, and I know that we all have the same objective: to win Le Mans and the overall championship!
“In Tom, Olly and Josh, we have an impressive line-up in the #23 for next year’s WEC. Tom has shown incredible talent in so many different categories and I’m delighted to have him on board at United. Now that Olly has re-signed and re-signed Josh, we have a mega team!”
“We are delighted to welcome Tom to our squad for WEC 2023 and having Olly stay with us for a second season cements a super strong team alongside Josh for next year. Both Tom and Olly have had a season exceptional in IMSA this year, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and Petit Le Mans and finishing the season as IMSA champions, they both have very successful experience of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC in LMP2, so we will strive to regain our WEC and Le Mans titles next year.