OC WINS 24 HOURS OF BRNO

Tom Onslow-Cole has won the final round of the 24H Series, the 24 Hours of Brno, with Scuderia Praha and the #11 Ferrari 488 GT3, bringing his total number of 24-hour race podiums to eight.
 
The result will not only go down in the Czech motorsport book as the inaugural 24-hour race in the country's history but also marks the first 24-hour race-win for the Ferrari 488 GT3, making it all the more sweet for local outfit Scuderia Praha.
 
The team started the twice-around-the-clock race from second place on the grid, thanks to a fantastic qualifying lap from local driver Josef Král. Peter Kox started the race, followed by Jiri Pisarik and then it was OC’s turn to take over and make his Ferrari race debut.
 
Taking over in third place, OC set about attacking the field and, after an hour, was leading the race. From here, the quartet of drivers rotated through extending the lead lap-by-lap without any issues until, at the chequered flag, the Czech team crossed the line 38 laps ahead of the second-placed car.  
 
“That was awesome,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete commented. “The grid was a little smaller than other races in the Series so we were able to put in some clean laps without traffic. Having the opportunity to push the Ferrari 488 GT3 to its limits lap-after-lap is an experience I’ll never forget. It was my debut in the Ferrari and first time racing a mid-engined GT3 but I think I’ve got that mastered now, so I can confidently update my CV."

This is the second 24-hour race win for OC, who is coming to the end of his third season of endurance racing. Last summer, the Milltek Sport driver won the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, as well as taking second place in Dubai 24 Hours and third in Barcelona 24 Hours with regular team RAM Racing, but has enjoyed joining a new team, this weekend. 
 
“Josef, Peter and Jiri have been incredible team-mates and have all had top-quality stints. We’ve all pushed each other with the right balance of competition and support and this win is testament to great team-work.
 
“Fair play to the team at Scuderia Praha. The pitstops were seriously slick, the ball was never dropped and our car has been faultless. I’ve been learning some Czech in the hope that they have me back next year!”
 
At the end of the race, Scuderia Praha's Team Principal, Ivo Horn, added: "You always want to have such a perfect race but it is so rare in 24-hour events. Tom fitted-in very well, quickly gelled with the team and his confidence behind the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GT3 was growing with each stint to produce faster and faster lap times."
 
Although this race-win concludes OC’s 2016 GT3 racing season, he will finish-off the year at the charity race, the Race of Remembrance, at Anglesea Circuit on 12th November. Details of this will be announced in the coming weeks.