Tom Onslow-Cole will enjoy the comfort of his own bed this weekend as the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete races at Silverstone International Circuit for the fifth round of GT Open and, with VIP guests, more than 20 GT3s and a sunny weather forecast, the weekend is off to a great start.
For the race weekend, which comprises a qualifying session and race on each day, the Buckinghamshire-based GT ace will rejoin SPS automotive performance in the Mercedes AMG GT3. He and team-mate Valentin Pierburg (DE) are hoping they get another race win together following success at Paul Ricard.
“It’s great to be back racing alongside Valentin,” he said. “Last time we raced together, we took a Pro-Am race win at Paul Ricard so we’re aiming for the same again. We tested at Barcelona last week and the car is feeling great, and Valentin and I have been on the sim this week so he can learn the Silverstone track.”
Silverstone International Circuit is not only the home track for OC but it’s also the home of the British Racing Drivers Club, which will play host to OC's VIP guests from Edifice this weekend. With top lifestyle and fashion media attending, OC will be hoping that the 24 GT3 cars can put on a show under the Silverstone sunshine.
“Although I woke up at home this morning it felt a bit like I was abroad as the sun was shining through the window,” he said. “Motorsport fans should definitely take advantage of the good weather and come down and watch us race. With qualifying and a race on both Saturday and Sunday, there’s plenty of action all weekend and there are some seriously good battles in these GT Open races.”
Qualifying one takes place on Saturday morning at 11.20, with the race at 15.15. On Sunday, qualifying starts at 09.40 and the race is at 13.15. Tickets are available on the gate from just £15 and children can enter for free. Those who can’t attend can join OC’s 40,000-strong social media following to see behind-the-scenes updates on Instagram and Facebook and join in the conversation on Twitter.