Less than one month ago, professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole mentioned to the media that he’d love to compete in Bathurst 12 Hours and already he is preparing to board a plane and head to Australia.

The 29-year old racer will take part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint at Mount Panorama with MARC Cars, a local team that runs Ford Focus and Mazda 3-bodied endurance racers and has recently invested in a BMW M6 GT3.

“I’m looking forward to driving at Bathurst,” he said. “We’re taking part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint, which has a very impressive list of names on the entry, including some that will be racing in the 12-hour race in February.

“I’ve been learning the track on the simulator and it’s incredible. The Sprint will be a great opportunity for me to get some real-life experience there and I’m incredibly grateful to Ryan for inviting me to drive his cars. Hopefully, with some track time under my belt, I’ll be able to secure myself a good seat for Bathurst 12 Hours.”

When the news broke of OC’s desire to race ‘Down Under’ he had to put his middle-of-the-night jump-into-action skills, honed in 24-hour racing, to use. The time difference meant the news hit the Australian press at 04.00hrs UK time and, within 15 minutes, OC’s phone was ringing and waking him from his bed in Buckinghamshire, not far from Silverstone International Circuit in the UK.

“I’ve learned the art of waking up quickly, having contested twelve 24-hour races in the last three years,” he commented. “So, answering the calls from Australia at 4am was pretty easy, but I’m glad the first one was from Ryan at MARC Cars - we go back a little way and it’s a team I’ve raced with before.”

It’s no surprise OC received immediate interest from teams ‘Down-Under’. He’s got a solid GT3 endurance racing record that includes second place in Dubai 24 Hours, wins at Paul Ricard 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Brno and multiple podiums at Mugello 12 Hours, Zandvoort 12 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours, to name a few.