TOC TO TAKE ON TOTAL SPA 24H

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole will participate in the TOTAL Spa 24 Hours in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 next weekend (26/27 July) following a successful outing at the track last weekend (12 July).

In the fifth round of the British GT Championship held at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Onslow-Cole – in the Milltek-Sport-liveried Strata21 V12 Vantage GT3 – recorded the fastest time of the two one-hour races in just his third race lap of the 7km-long track.

He will now contest the centerpiece of the Blancpain GT Series, the TOTAL Spa 24 Hours, in the PGF-Kinfaun Vantage GT3 alongside John Gaw (GB), Phil Dryburgh (GB) and regular team-mate Paul White (GB).

Spa 24 Hours is considered one of the top endurance races in the world and this year it boasts a grid of works teams and drivers from Aston Martin, Bentley, Nissan, Audi and Mercedes, as well as the top customer teams competing in BMWs and Porsches.

“The grid is extremely competitive and this is probably one of the biggest races of my career so far - the pressure is on,” he comments. “After a successful weekend at British GT, I’m confident the pace is there, but making it through a 24 hour race is a totally different challenge, one I’m ready to take on with my team-mates."

The team will contest the Pro-Am class of the race and, although outweighed by the competition in their Pro to Am ratio, Onslow-Cole is hugely positive about this opportunity.  

“Phil and Paul are both safe hands and are among the top Am drivers in the UK," he adds. "Paul is extremely experienced in endurance racing and that will be invaluable during the 24-hour race.

“John is a fantastic team-mate for me to have – he’s really quick on-track and his strategic expertise is something I’m looking to absorb.”

Although racing together at Spa 24 Hours, Onslow-Cole and Gaw are in rival teams in this season’s British GT Championship. But, it's not the first season the pair has raced against each other; they both contested the Renault Clio Cup together back in 2005, the year before Tom won the championship by a record-breaking 119 points aged 19.

“It’s great to be in the same car as Tom at Spa 24 Hours,” commented Gaw. “He’s done a great job in British GT so far this year and had an impressive run at Spa last weekend. We drove together in Britcar last year alongside Paul and made a strong team, so I’m sure we’re going to have a good weekend.”
 
The TOTAL Spa 24 Hours starts on Saturday 26 July at 16.30 local time.