British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole made his British GT Championship debut this weekend alongside experienced amateur driver Paul White and, by the end of the weekend, the Strata21 team was battling it out in the top ten of the 36-strong grid.

The 2014 season-opener took place at Oulton Park - a twisty, undulating circuit that provided a unique challenge in the calendar for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 - and, in Saturday’s qualifying, the team struggled to match the pace of the competition.

However, Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored Onslow-Cole and the Strata21 team were quick to identify the issues and, by Monday’s warm up session, improvements had been made. In the 10-minute warm up session Onslow-Cole was fifth fastest on track.

White started race one and completed his 30-minutes in the car before handing over to Onslow-Cole. The safety car worked against them and a stop-go penalty for premature pit lane release put an end to any real race success.

In race two, Onslow-Cole started and stays hot on the heels of the Bentley, Porsche and Aston Martin in the pack ahead. A measured call on the pit stop, following a safety car, jumped the Strata21 Nissan up the pack and into the top ten. At the end of the 60-minute race, White crossed the finish line in ninth.

Despite a 20-second penalty, for a move by White, that subsequently demoted the team to 16th, Onslow-Cole was pleased with the progress made.

“The Nissan GT3 has great high speed performance but we struggled on the tighter, bumpy parts of the Oulton Park circuit this weekend,” explains Onslow-Cole. “We’ve not had much testing time but we've learnt a huge amount through the weekend."

“We worked hard on Saturday evening to look at ways to improve set-up and adjust to the circuits features. The team did a great job to give us a very different car on Monday morning. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re moving in the right direction.”