British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole impressed in his first British GT Championship race in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 as he and Strata 21 team-mate Paul White finished fourth overall, the highest ranking Vantage in the race at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend (4/5 May).

The Strata21 team decided just one week ago to field its V12 Vantage GT3 in this weekend’s two-hour race. Despite having only completed a handful of practice laps ahead of yesterday’s qualifying session, Onslow-Cole recorded the ninth fastest lap and, when combined with team-mate White’s time, the #21 car started from 14th on the grid.

White started the race and picked off the competition one by one, entering the pits in ninth place an hour later. An issue in the pit stop cost the team three positions and Onslow-Cole exited in 12th.

Despite the set-back, Onslow-Cole went for the immediate attack, passing the identical cars of MP Motorsport and Beechdean AMR on the way to fourth place, the highest finishing position of the seven Aston Martin GT3s in the race. Onslow-Cole also recorded the fastest lap time of the Aston Martins and the second fastest lap overall.

“I don’t think Rockingham plays to the strengths of the Vantage as well as the upcoming venues, so to come away so close to the podium is a great result,” comments Onslow-Cole. “I really enjoyed driving and, although our pace was good, I’m confident there is still more to come. I’m looking forward to some more seat time ahead of the next round.“

Onslow-Cole and White will contest the remainder of the British GT Championship in the Vantage GT3.

“We have been very impressed with Aston Martin Racing this weekend,” comments White. “It was a last minute decision to use the Vantage GT3 as the team had worked hard to get it ready ahead of schedule. Tom and I both gave it our all this weekend and it paid off. We’re looking forward to getting to Silverstone at the end of the month.”

The Strata21 team next races in the third round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on 31 May.