OC JOINS BRITISH CYCLING HEROES FOR FORCES CHARITY

Professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his long-term team-mate Paul White will be joined by Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold medalist Jon Allan Butterworth in the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance, this weekend (11-13 November).
 
In the nine-hour race that takes place at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales, the team will pilot a Milltek Sport Volkswagen Golf DSG that has been adapted by KPM Racing to enable amputee Jon Allan to compete.
 
With Paul White on double-duties, GT and touring car driver Jade Edwards, who coached Jonny Vegas on ITV’s Drive, will join the line-up in the Remembrance Sunday event. Edwards, White and OC won the race in 2014 and came third in 2015, so they are keen to continue their podium run.
 
“Every year, we see-out another season with the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance,” commented OC. “It’s not often you’ll hear a racing driver say that there is something more important in life than winning a race, but, at this event, you definitely get a sense of perspective.
 
“This race isn’t about me, or my fastest lap time, or my green lap averages, it’s about promoting the charity, supporting its members, remembering those no longer with us and being grateful for those fighting for us."

The unique event celebrates the work of Mission Motorsport, bringing together beneficiaries from across the UK to participate and to compete, racing into the night and, uniquely, pausing the race for a Service of Remembrance in the pitlane.
 
“It’s great to have Chris in the car. Paul and I actually raced against him in the British GT Championship, and he was quick, so it’ll be fun to be on the same team," continued the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. "I’m most excited, however, to be reunited with Jon Allan. We first met at Race of Champions, last year, where I coached him and the other celebrities in an Ariel Atom. He was pretty talented, so I think he’ll have a great race debut.”
 
Jon Allan won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games before going on to win gold in the Rio games, earlier this year. The 30-year old, who lost his left arm in 2007 in an rocket attack, when serving as a senior aircraftsmen weapons technician with the Royal Air Force, began cycling at a Help for Heroes bike ride in 2008 and was later talent-spotted at a Paralympics GB Talent ID day. He will be the first participant to take his ARDS licence under new regulations, after working with Mission Motorsport, the MSA and the FIA to streamline the process for amputees.