OC'S ITALIAN JOB

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole heads to Tuscany in Italy this weekend for the second round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Mugello, alongside his RAM Racing team-mates and their Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
 
The 27-year old signed for the Silverstone-based team following a successful first race together in the championship's season-opener Dubai 24 Hours. In his debut event in the 6.3-litre SLS, Onslow-Cole and his team-mates stood on the podium after crossing the line in second place from a grid of 92 cars.
 
"I'm glad that the season is back underway," Onslow-Cole commented. "It's been a while since Dubai 24 Hours and I'm itching to get back out. I shook the car down last week and it was like a little teaser to remind me of what I'm missing. RAM Racing really know how to prepare and run a car so I'm confident we'll have a good race."
 
The Surrey-born driver will once again be joined behind the wheel by Adam Christodoulou (GB) and long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB).
 
"I'm also pleased to be back driving with Paul White. We were in rival teams in the last round but he missed me so we spoke to RAM Racing and agreed a deal for him to join us! Joking aside, he's a fantastic driver and great fun to have in the team."
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello is split across two days with four hours of racing on Friday (13 March) evening and eight hours on Saturday.
 
"It's all very civilised," he added. "We do some racing, go for dinner, get a good night's sleep and start again in the morning - it's pretty different to Dubai 24 Hours, at least!
 
"I don't think the on-track action will be so civilised. There are some great GT3 teams and drivers in our class and we're expecting some good battles. Like Dubai, the traffic is going to be key to a result, with 73 entries there are a few less cars but the track is tighter with a lot less run off and room to manoeuvre."
 
The Circuit de Mugello is best known for its inclusion in the Moto GP calendar and, like most motorcycle tracks, has a series of twists and turns that require precision for the ultimate lap time.
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello will boast a record grid of 73 cars ranging from the front-running GT3s to the 2.0-litre diesel class. 
 
"I've not yet driven it in a GT3 but I've been to the simulator and done my homework. It's quite narrow for 73 GT and touring cars but, from what I remember, those ever rare clear laps are something of a roller coaster."

Fans can watch the 12 Hours of Mugello on the 24H Series website www.24hseries.com starting at 1330hrs local time on Friday and 0930 local time on Saturday.