Briton told Autosport that # 28 JOTA ORECA 07-Gibson and Sean Gelael, shared with Stoffel Vandoorne, finished behind the class-winning WRT car at the World Endurance Championship Blue Ribbon event last weekend.
“It was great to be in second place, but it’s bittersweet to lose seven tenths,” he said. “I would actually have been happier to lose more.
“I was really happy with how I was driving. Sean did a great job. So did Stoffel. We felt like we had lost the victory and we were very close to it.”
Bromkvist chased Robin Frijns in the # 31 WRT ORECA, co-driven by Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Millessi, finishing second in the last few minutes of the race.
Chase turned into a lead race when the top WRT entries of Robert Kubica, Louis Delétraz and Ifay Ye stopped on the final lap of the race due to a throttle sensor failure.
Blomqvist reduced the gap from about 4 seconds at the start of the last lap to just 0.727 seconds with the checkered flag.
Delayed charging from Blomqvist was interrupted by a delay at the last pit stop of the JOTA car when the JOTA car had to be boxed in at the pit stall and pulled back before being released. As a result, the gap widened from 15 seconds to nearly 30 seconds.
“I knew Robin was having a hard time and the pace was fast throughout the weekend,” Bromkvist explained. “When I saw the gap of about 5 seconds from the last lap, I thought it would be tight.”
Fridins suffered a closing stint due to a rear-end problem he believed was the result of a collision with a GTE Am-class Porsche shortly after returning to the car to drive to the flag.
WRT ORECA lost time every time the tires were changed after the air jack broke down, forcing the team to use inflatable pillows to lift the car.
Blomqvist and his teammates had to fight back from a Saturday night delay due to two penalties.
The car received a drive-through penalty after the Bromkvist received a late call to enter the pit and crossed the white entry line, but the same behind the wrong one of the three safety cars in which the Bromkvist was deployed. He was also given a 90’s stop-go because he rejoined after the stop on Le Mans’ long lap.
When he returned to the track, the exit light in the pit lane was green, but under the rules he should have waited for the next safety car.
“It’s the team’s responsibility, but the green light makes it impossible to blame anyone,” Bromkvist said.
“I should have lost more,” Blomqvist said in a late Le Mans LMP2 drama.
https://www.autosport.com/le-mans/news/blomqvist-would-have-been-happier-to-lose-by-more-in-late-le-mans-lmp2-drama/6653338/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk “I should have lost more,” Blomqvist said in a late Le Mans LMP2 drama.