Blomqvist joins Jarvis and Pierson in United Autosports #23 for ‘23
Tom Blomqvist united with Oliver Jarvis and Josh Pierson in 2023 WEC
Tom Blomqvist will join Oliver Jarvis and Josh Pierson at the multi-series winning United Autosports squad for an assault on the 2023 FIA World Endurance LMP2 Championship title in the #23 Oreca-07.
Blomqvist has won titles in both single-seaters and sportscars, claiming the 2022 IMSA DPi Championship alongside United’s current #23 WEC driver Jarvis, with pole-position and subsequently victory in the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (1 Oct).
“I’m delighted to be joining United Autosports for the 2023 WEC campaign,” said Blomqvist. ”They have proven themselves as one of the top teams in the world of endurance racing and I’m thrilled to be working with all of the team. I had a successful year with Olly, winning the IMSA championship together, so teaming up with him and Josh makes for a really exciting lineup! It’s great to be back in the WEC paddock, returning to Le Mans and in the ultra-competitive LMP2 category - so big thanks to Zak and Richard for showing their trust in me.”
Born in Cambridge (UK) and raised in New Zealand, Blomqvist hails from a motor racing background with his father, Stig, claiming the World Rally Championship Driver’s title in 1984. A motorsport all-rounder with wide-ranging experience in sportscars, Formula E, GT, FIA ETCR and DTM, Tom has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading racing talents.
Tom has contested 11 WEC races, from 2016-2021, with a 64% podium rate, his most successful WEC performance in 2021, when he finished just 0.727 seconds behind the winning car in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours, the closest ever in WEC LMP2 history.
Jarvis, who made his WEC debut in 2012 with the first of two consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour race podiums, has re-signed with the squad alongside the previously announced Pierson.
“I am super excited to continue with United in 2023, and remain teamed-up with Josh,” said Jarvis. “We tasted victory together in Sebring earlier in the year, and I’m confident we’ll finish this season strong in Bahrain and come back even stronger next year.
“Tom will be a great addition to our #23 team. He and I have been team-mates all year having just won the IMSA Championship together, so it’s great to continue with him in WEC. The three of us together will be a force to be reckoned with, and I know all of us have the same goal – winning Le Mans and the overall championship!”
Jarvis raced with United for the first time at Fuji (WEC) in 2019 – claiming third-place. He signed with United again for this season’s WEC campaign, winning the opening Sebring race with Pierson, with Alex Lynn joining forces from Spa and is now heading to the Bahrain finale (12 Nov) placed second in the standings.
“In Tom, Olly and Josh, we have an awesome line-up in the #23 for next year’s WEC,” said United Autosports USA co-owner, Zak Brown. “Tom has shown amazing talent in many different categories and I’m thrilled to have him onboard at United. With Olly now re-signing and linking up again with Josh, we have a mega squad!”
Richard Dean, co-owner of the team with Brown, echoed his partner’s sentiments. “We are delighted to welcome Tom to our team for WEC 2023 and to have Olly stay with us for a second season cements a super strong line up alongside Josh for next year,” said Dean.
“Tom and Olly have both had a tremendous season in IMSA this year, winning both Daytona 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans and finishing the season as IMSA Champions. They both have very successful Le Mans 24 and WEC experience in LMP2 so we will pushing hard to win back our WEC and Le Mans title next year.”