Tom Onslow-Cole will fly to Istanbul in Turkey this weekend (2-4 October) where he will take-over the Olsbergs MSE-run RX Lites car in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and he’s taking Rockstar Energy Drink to the party. 

OC, who won the seat in the 310bhp RX Lites car in an MSA Talent Search shootout earlier this year, impressed judges with his speed, car control and ability to attract and maintain sponsors. Five months later and he’s preparing to make his rallycross debut.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete, rarely seen without his iconic black and yellow hat, was keen to make the most of the opportunity for the brand he has been associated with since 2010. 

“I cannot wait,” he said when asked if he was looking forward to the new challenge. “The races are so action-packed and adrenaline-fuelled. When I watch at home I can’t sit still… to be a part of it is already giving me a huge buzz! ”

Although OC has not raced a rallycross car before, he has been to the World RX Championship event at Lydden Hill as a guest of superstar Tanner Foust. 

“Tanner invited me to Lydden Hill a couple of years ago and I stood on the bank thinking ‘I have got to have a go at this’. So, when the MSA asked people to apply for the shootout, I couldn’t reply quick enough.

“A huge thanks to everyone who has been involved so far, it’s an incredible opportunity and one I intend to make the most of. The car looks awesome in the Rockstar Energy Drink livery - hopefully this won’t be the only time the fans get to see it!”

OC will race in the RX Lites category, which is the feeder series to the World RX Championship’s Supercar class.

“The standard of racing in RX Lites is impressive,” he added. “Some of the guys I’ll be racing against have had outright podiums in the Supercar class. I’m confident I’ll be quick on the Tarmac but racing on the loose is something new. From what I can see, it’s a very strategic sport and I think that’s where the races are won and lost. Luckily, I have a mega team in Olsbergs MSE to guide me through.”

The Turkish round of the World RX Championship takes place on 3/4 October and fans in the UK can watch on British Eurosport 2 at 1800hrs on Sunday. 

The full Rockstar Energy Drink livery will be unveiled on Friday 2 October.