British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole tasted victory in Hungary this weekend (4th October) when he and his KPM Racing team-mates took the class win in the final round in the 24 Hour Series, the 12 Hours of Hungaroring, in the Milltek Sport VW Golf TDI.
The victory is the second out of four races for the team in the 2014 24 Hours Series and completes a 100 per cent podium-finishing rate, which includes the grueling endurance races Dubai 24 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours.
Like the 12 Hours of Mugello earlier in the year, the 12 Hours of Hungary went as smoothly as any endurance race could go. The team crossed the line six laps ahead of the second place car and suffered no issues throughout the entire race.
“You only have to look at the car at the end of a 12- or 24-hour race to see that it has been through a lot,” commented Onslow-Cole. “And, that’s just what you see on the outside. To take a standard production car and prepare it to withstand the demands of endurance racing without any failures is real testament to the team. The car is prepared to an exceptional standard and that’s what wins endurance races.
“Once again, the car didn’t miss a beat this weekend. In fact, it’s been fantastic all year.”
The Milltek-Sport VW Golf is a standard production car that has an upgraded Milltek Sport exhaust system and wide tracked racing body. KPM Racing works very closely with Volkswagen and Milltek Sport to prepare the car at its base at Silverstone in the UK.
Onslow-Cole once again raced the 2.0-litre machine alongside regular team-mate Paul White (GB), who is extremely experienced in long-distance racing and, at the other end of the scale, Jade Edwards (GB) who made her 12-hour race debut.
“Both Paul and Jade did a great job this weekend,” adds Onslow-Cole. “Jade made her 12-hour race debut and put in two strong two-hour long stints and Paul, who seemed to be jinxed with rain, did a great job in some challenging mixed weather conditions.”
Despite the heavy rain on the back of the circuit, the team made some good strategic calls to eliminate any unscheduled pitstops and ensure they maintained a good lead. At the end of the 12 hours, the team had not only won the D1 class but finished seventh overall, ahead of several cars from higher classes.
“I genuinely could not be happier,” commented KPM Racing team owner Kevin Poole. “We finished every race we entered and took a podium at each. To take another class win has really finished the season on a high.
“This is a fantastic series and I’m currently talking to teams about running them in the top GT3 class for next year,” Poole continued. “KPM Racing is made up of top professionals who work or have worked in F1 and the WEC and, now we have a very good understanding of the 24H Series events, I'm confident we could run a championship-winning car next year.”
In 2015, event organiser Creventic is hoping the Series will be granted championship status by the FIA. In addition, it will host the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. The 2015 calendar starts with Dubai 24 Hours in January.