MSA Talent Search-winner Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) finished his debut World RX Championship event on the RX Lites podium this weekend (3/4 October) and leaves Istanbul Intercity Park in Turkey ‘hungry for more’.

It was wild ride for the 28-year old GT ace, who, until the MSA shootout, was a rallycross virgin. Starting the weekend at the back of the pack, he quickly set about learning his Rockstar Energy Drink-liveried Olsbergs MSE-run car and impressed by finishing his first race in second place. 

After taking third in the second race, OC went into day two in third place in the overall standings and started race three in fifth. A spin in the hairpin wasn’t in the plan but, with one more race to go before the semi-final, he had time to pull it back. 

Overly eager to start race four, OC jumped the gun and was penalised for a false start. Now needing to take two joker laps, things were looking tough. A bad start didn’t help and he was in last place going into turn one. However, with confidence high and adrenaline pumping, he managed to work through the pack, take his two joker laps and still win the race - something rarely achieved even by the most experienced RX drivers. 

A second place finish in the semi-final bagged OC a fourth place start in the final. A strong opening lap saw him climb to third and he held onto the back of the race-leaders until the chequered flag. 

“What a ride!” he said after the podium. “For my debut weekend, it couldn’t have gone much better. It’s so different to GT racing but I think some of my BTCC skills came in handy. This track has a lot of gravel compared to other rallycross tracks and I thought that would hold me back but, actually, I was as strong in that sector as on the Tarmac. I’m absolutely buzzing and I’m hungry for more! 

“I’d like to thank the MSA, the World RX Championship, RX Lites, Olsbergs MSE and Rockstar Energy Drinks for making this weekend happen. If I have it my way, I’ll be back soon.”

There’s no time to rest for the professional racing driver. Tomorrow afternoon he returns to the UK to shake-down his RAM Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and, on Wednesday, the team flies to the final round of the 24H Series in Brno, Czech Republic, where OC hopes to wrap up the GT3 drivers’ title.