TOC TURNS BACK THE CLOCK

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole is returning to the track that he first drove a GT car at, Snetterton Circuit, this weekend (21/22 June) for the fourth round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
 
The ex-British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race-winner was invited to Snetterton in April 2013 to test the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and he never looked back. This season, he made the move into GT racing and is contesting the British GT Championship with Strata21 team-mate Paul White (GB) in an identical car.
 
“Snetterton is where I first drove the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and it got me hooked on GT racing,” commented Onslow-Cole, who is also contesting the Spanish GT Championship and various VdeV rounds in a Mosler MT900 GT3.
 
“Even though I’ve only raced in the Vantage three times, my stint times have been right at the sharp end and I’m pleased with my progress,” he continued. “Qualifying, however, is still an area that I need to unlock. “
 
In order to improve, the team completed some qualifying simulation laps at Snetterton at the end of last month and Onslow-Cole believes that there is a very small window in which the tyres are at their peak.
 
“The Avon Tyres have a real peak in them very early on so it’s important that I nail that lap. At Snetterton there are plenty of opportunities to overtake so qualifying is not as important other tracks in the championship such as Oulton Park, but, on the other hand, we’re back down to one-hour races this weekend so I’ll only be doing 30-minute stints.”
 
Snetterton Circuit is well known for being one of the faster circuits in the UK and is where Onslow-Cole took his first BTCC win back in 2007.
 
“It’s a fast track and it will really suit the Vantage GT3, which has an impressive straight-line speed. I’ve really been bitten by the GT bug and I can’t wait for this weekend.”
 
Fan-favourite Onslow-Cole took his Milltek Sport-liveried Vantage GT3 into Central London last weekend (14 June) and displayed it outside of Casio’s flagship store in Covent Garden.
 
“I’m a face of Casio Edifice watches and it’s great to be able to use my profile to get the GT3 in front of a new audience,” commented Onslow-Cole. “GT racing is exciting, the strategy is interesting and the cars look awesome, which explains why the audience figures are growing so quickly. It’s definitely the place to be right now.”
 
More information about the Snetterton round of the British GT Championship can be found at: www.snetterton.co.uk