TOC TO COACH ROC CELEBS

Tom Onslow-Cole has been signed up by the Race Of Champions to coach the stars taking part in the Celebrity Skills Challenge, including MOBO award-winner Ella Eyre, reality TV star Joey Essex and Rugby World Cup-winner Mike Tindall. 

OC, who is well-known for his coaching roles within the MSA and FIA, was selected by the Race of Champions because of his proven track-record of teaching drivers of all abilities to reach their potential. 

The celebrity line-up, which also includes multiple Olympic gold medalists Ben Ainslie and Chris Hoy and multiple Paralympic medalist Jon Allan Butterworth, will drive Arial Atom racing cars and OC says this will really test their listening and learning skills while providing a lot of entertainment for the tens of thousands of fans. 

“I’ve coached drivers in the British Ariel Atom Cup for a number of years and they are such fun to drive,” he commented. “However, they are not the easiest racing car to control and this will not only push the celebrities to their limits but will surely provide some great entertainment!”

To celebrate his role in the Race Of Championship Celebrity Skills Challenge, OC is giving away five pairs of tickets for Friday and five pairs of tickets for Saturday. Follow OC on Facebook and Twitter to find out how to be in with a chance of winning. 

“The Race Of Champions is an awesome and unique event. Where else do you get to see the world’s top racing drivers and celebrities compete all in one location? I’ll be giving away quite a few pairs of tickets so motorsport fans should keep their eyes peeled!”

The Race Of Champions takes place over two days on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November at the London Olympic Stadium. For more information and to buy tickets, head to www.raceofchampions.com.

Drivers for the ROC Celebrity Skills Challenge:

Chris HOY, six-time Olympic gold medallist in cycling
Ben AINSLIE, four-time Olympic gold medallist in sailing
Mike TINDALL, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner for England
Ella EYRE, MOBO award-winning singer/songwriter
Joey ESSEX, British television personality
Jon-Allan BUTTERWORTH, multiple medal-winning Paralympic cyclist
Joko WINTERSCHEIDT, German television personality
Katarina JOHNSON-THOMPSON, Olympic heptathlete for Team GB
Denise LEWIS, Olympic gold medallist in heptathlon
Greg RUTHERFORD, Olympic gold medallist in long jump

OC ENDS SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT RoR

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and the Milltek Sport KPM Racing team will return to the Race of Remembrance this weekend aiming to repeat their race-winning form of 2014 The event that raises money for Help for Heroes charity Mission Motorsport, while giving ex-servicemen and women the chance to battle it out on the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. 

After a successful inaugural event last year, the Race of Remembrance returns with a new longer nine-hour format that sees 45 cars race into darkness. Three hours take place on Saturday 7 November with five hours on Sunday 8 November divided with a break for the Remembrance Sunday Service. 

OC will drive in a new Milltek Sport KPM Racing VW Golf, an upgrade from the car that won the race last year, and will be joined once again by Jade Edwards (GB) and new team-mate Lucas Orrock (GB).

“I race in some fantastic endurance events around the world but this one is particularly special as it’s for such an amazing cause,” he commented. “Of course, we go to every race looking to win but this race is about so much more. It’s about being thankful to those who have served our country and giving something back to the ex-service men and women from Mission Motorsport.” 

Entry for spectators is £10 per adult (£15 for a weekend pass) and children under 16 years old can enter for free. Tickets include a Saturday night firework display, access to the hospitality unit and passes to the #RoRRock, a nightly music concert.

The Race of Remembrance starts at 1600hrs on Saturday 7 November and runs for three hours before parking up for the night. The race action resumes at 0900hrs on Sunday 8 November with a 30-minute Rememberance Service between 1045hrs and 1115hrs.

OC BECOMES 24H SERIES GT3 CHAMPION

Tom Onslow-Cole has become the inaugural 24H Series GT3 Driver Champion following podium finishes in all six of the championship’s 12- and 24-hour endurance races, including second place in Dubai 24 Hours and a win in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. 

The British professional racing driver joined 2013 European Le Mans Series GTLM champions RAM Racing at the start of this season for Dubai 24 Hours and impressed so much that they signed him up for the complete championship. 

With the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, OC and the team went on to win the GT3 Teams’ Trophy at the penultimate round Barcelona 24 Hours and, at the final round in Brno yesterday, secured the GT3 Drivers’ Trophy. 

“It feels great to be an international GT3 championship-winner,” said OC. “I’ve raced with many teams in my career and RAM Racing is up there at the top with the very best. I came into GT racing two years ago and, in that time, I’ve completed eight 24-hour races and five 12-hour races, in addition to a season of British GT and various other single event races. The 24H Series has been the ideal place for me to catch-up on seat-time and perfect what’s needed to be successful in GT and endurance racing."

The 24H Series became an FIA-recognised championship at the start of 2015 and is the largest long-distance endurance racing series in the world. With up to 90 cars per race and some of the top GT drivers in the world, the challenges it brings are huge but OC feels like he had the best car to take the win.

“The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 is most certainly one of the best GT3 cars out there. It’s durable, reliable and easy to drive. The service from AMG Customer Sports has been very impressive, too. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new AMG GT GT3!”

OC shares the 24H Series GT3 Driver’s title with AMG works driver Thomas Jäger (DE) and, together with Paul White (GB), they finished the 12 Hours of Brno yesterday in second place. 

“It’s brilliant to complete our podium run. We engaged in a great battle with Scuderia Praha, which after seven hours saw us leading by just 0.150 seconds. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day to take the win but, claiming the titles doesn’t half make up for it! A massive thanks to RAM Racing, they have been faultless all year, and, of course, to my team-mates; Thomas [Jäger], Cheerag [Arya], Adam [Christodoulou], Paul [White] and Jeroen [Bleekemolen]."

It’s a slight change of pace for OC’s next race as he joins KPM Racing in the Milltek Sport VW Golf at the Race of Remembrance, the Mission Motorsport-run race at Anglesey Circuit. 

OC'S RX SUCCESS

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. 

OC's ROCKSTAR RX CAR

Tom Onslow-Cole will fly to Istanbul in Turkey this weekend (2-4 October) where he will take-over the Olsbergs MSE-run RX Lites car in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and he’s taking Rockstar Energy Drink to the party. 

OC, who won the seat in the 310bhp RX Lites car in an MSA Talent Search shootout earlier this year, impressed judges with his speed, car control and ability to attract and maintain sponsors. Five months later and he’s preparing to make his rallycross debut.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete, rarely seen without his iconic black and yellow hat, was keen to make the most of the opportunity for the brand he has been associated with since 2010. 

“I cannot wait,” he said when asked if he was looking forward to the new challenge. “The races are so action-packed and adrenaline-fuelled. When I watch at home I can’t sit still… to be a part of it is already giving me a huge buzz! ”

Although OC has not raced a rallycross car before, he has been to the World RX Championship event at Lydden Hill as a guest of superstar Tanner Foust. 

“Tanner invited me to Lydden Hill a couple of years ago and I stood on the bank thinking ‘I have got to have a go at this’. So, when the MSA asked people to apply for the shootout, I couldn’t reply quick enough.

“A huge thanks to everyone who has been involved so far, it’s an incredible opportunity and one I intend to make the most of. The car looks awesome in the Rockstar Energy Drink livery - hopefully this won’t be the only time the fans get to see it!”

OC will race in the RX Lites category, which is the feeder series to the World RX Championship’s Supercar class.

“The standard of racing in RX Lites is impressive,” he added. “Some of the guys I’ll be racing against have had outright podiums in the Supercar class. I’m confident I’ll be quick on the Tarmac but racing on the loose is something new. From what I can see, it’s a very strategic sport and I think that’s where the races are won and lost. Luckily, I have a mega team in Olsbergs MSE to guide me through.”

The Turkish round of the World RX Championship takes place on 3/4 October and fans in the UK can watch on British Eurosport 2 at 1800hrs on Sunday. 

The full Rockstar Energy Drink livery will be unveiled on Friday 2 October. 

OC OH-SO CLOSE TO CLAIMING CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

Tom Onslow-Cole is looking to tie-up his 24H Series title-win this weekend (5/6 September) at the penultimate round of the long-distance endurance championship, Barcelona 24 Hours. 

OC, who races for RAM Racing in its blue and silver Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, has led the front-running A6 class championship since the 12 Hours of Mugello, the second event of the six-race season.

Following second place finishes in the first three rounds of the championship, including the highly competitive season-opener in Dubai, and a win at Paul Ricard in July, the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver has his sights set on the top step of the podium at the Circuit de Catalunya. 

“We’ve made no secret of it all season that we race every race to win,” he commented. “This is probably the most confident I have ever gone into a 24-hour race. The team comes here fresh off the back of a 24-hour race win at Paul Ricard and I had a very strong Spa 24 Hours, where I was well inside the top 10 stint times. I know this track well, having raced and tested here a few times, and I feel that myself and the team have a very good understanding of the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.  

“Still, as always, we mustn’t be over confident. The competition is tough and anything can happen, especially in 24-hour racing.”
This weekend, OC is joined in the car by regular team-mates Thomas Jäger (DE) and Paul White (GB), plus a new addition to RAM Racing, Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL). 

“For Jeroen [Bleekemolen] this will be his 38th 24-hour race, for me it’s my 8th. I’m sure there’s something I can learn from his extra 720 hours experience! I’m really looking forward to working alongside him,” OC continued.

“The 24H Series has been fantastic all year and I’m really hoping to secure the GT3 championship win this weekend for myself and for RAM Racing.”
Barcelona 24 Hours starts at 1200hrs local time on Saturday 5 September and will be live streamed on the 24H Series website: www.24hseries.com. 
Follow OC on social media for regular commentary throughout the event, including his hourly race updates sponsored by Casio Edifice. 

OC TO GUEST-DRIVE IN MILLTEK SPORT VW CUP

International racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole will return to the Milltek Sport VW Cup this weekend (1 August) as he guest drives the Milltek Sport VW Scirocco at Brands Hatch and he’s looking to repeat the victory of his last outing in the championship. 

In his last VW Cup event, back in 2011, OC was impressed by the standard of driving in the seven-round series that now follows the British GT Championship calendar. This weekend, the 2.0-litre Scirocco will once again be run by KPM Racing, and OC is looking forward to seeing if his recent experience in the Milltek Sport VW Golf will give him an extra edge. 

“Last time out in the Milltek Sport VW Cup I was seriously impressed,” OC commented. “Naturally, I went there wanting to win but I certainly had to fight for it. I’ve looked at the entry list and there are a lot of the same names still racing, so I expect the competition to be even tougher this time out. Still, I’ve spent a lot more time in the VW Golf in the past 12 months so hopefully I can still bring it!”

In 2014, OC contested four rounds of the 24H Series, a long-distance endurance championship based in Europe and Dubai, with Milltek Sport and KPM Racing. Together, they took a podium at each race and won the 24 Hours of Dubai and 12 Hours of Hungary.

KPM Racing runs GT and touring cars in national and international events. It kick-started 2015 with podium in Dubai 24 Hours with the Strata21 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and is currently having success with its pair of VW Cup entires. 

“Milltek Sport and KPM Racing always provide me with a car that is quick, reliable and well set-up so I’m hoping this will allow me to hit the ground running,” OC continued. “I’m really looking forward to getting back into a sprint race after a year of endurance racing - I just need to remember not to pit for driver change!” 

OC has just returned from the 24 Hours of Spa where he finished fifth in the PRO-AM class and tenth overall with Leonard Motorsport AMR in the Vantage GT3. After his Brands Hatch VW Cup exploits, he will head to Barcelona 24 Hours with RAM Racing and the Mercedes SLS GT3, where they aim to continue their championship-leading campaign. 

The Brands Hatch GP round of the Milltek Sport VW Cup takes place on 1/2 August. Tickets, for the British GT Championship weekend are available at

OC WINS 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole and his RAM Racing team-mates have won the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard this weekend (11/12 July) in the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. 

With a second place finish recorded at each round of the 24H Series so far this year, OC and the team at RAM Racing had their sights firmly set on the overall race win. With a well-prepared car, considered strategy and customer support from AMG they arrived at the iconic Paul Ricard Circuit ready to hit the ground running.

Having qualified on pole with the Mercedes AMG machine, Tom and his co-drivers Thomas Jäger (DE), Adam Christodoulou (GB) and Paul White (GB) got a strong start to the race and, from the first lap, they became embroiled in a battle with the #7 Porsche 991 GT3. 

It was a battle that continued until the final hour of the endurance epic with both teams leading at various stages and luck swinging for and against the Silverstone Park-based team.

However, when the chequered flag dropped at the end of the twice-around-the-clock race, it was Casio Edifice-backed driver and his #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 that crossed the line first. 

“The pressure was on from green light to chequered flag,” commented OC, who is also supported by Milltek Sport. “We responded well to Code 60s and all four drivers did a fantastic job to keep out of trouble and put in some of the fastest lap times of the race.

“Getting a 24-hour race win is a fantastic achievement and one that takes 100 per cent perfection from the entire team. RAM Racing always operates with the utmost professionalism and impresses me more every time I drive with them. I want to thank them for this fantastic result and I hope its the first of many victories for us as a team.”

OC next races with RAM Racing in Barcelona 24 Hours in September. His next 24 Hour race is Spa 24 Hours in a fortnight time with Leonard Motorsport AMR.

OC RESUMES 24-HOUR RACE RUN AT RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will race his fifth long distance endurance race of 2015 this weekend (11 July) in the 24H Series’ inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard with RAM Racing and its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, and the rising GT star aims to maintain his season’s run of podium successes. 

It’s been a fantastic start to the year for the 28-year old Brit who has stood on the podium at every race he has entered from Dubai 24 Hours in January up to the Aston Martin support-race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month (13 June).

“The podium finishes have been coming thick and fast this season but we haven't stood on the top step in 24H Series so I’m very much hoping to change that this weekend.” explained OC who is a face of Casio Edifice watches. “That said, we are involved in the title-fight and that’s something we don't want to risk for a one-off result.”

The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard will be the fourth round of the 2015 24H Series, which is the world’s only long-distance endurance championship, comprising three 12-hour and three 24-hour events. OC and his team RAM Racing have taken second place at each round and they feel they are overdue that overall race win.

“We’ve narrowly missed out on the win in the last two races and, credit to the team, it’s generally been due to factors out of our control, but there are always things we can do to improve our strategy and processes that can reduce risk,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver said. “The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 has been perfect and the team has done an amazing job to give us a car that is always reliable, well-set up and well-run.”

OC will once again be joined in the blue and silver #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 by regular team-mate Paul White (GB), AMG works driver Thomas Jaeger (DE) and fellow Brit Adam Christodoulou. 

The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard starts at 1430 on Saturday 11 July and can be viewed at www.24hseries.com. 

OC TO RACE AT SPA 24 HOURS

Tom Onslow-Cole will race in the centrepiece of the Blancpain Endurance Series, Spa 24 Hours, next month (25 July) in the Leonard Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and the young GT ace reckons a class win is on the cards. 

The 28-year old is no stranger to the 7km-long Circuit de Spa Francorchamps as he set fastest lap in the British GT Championship race and impressed in Spa 24 Hours with his incredible night stint last year. 

This year, the Milltek Sport-sponsored Brit is back and will race alongside Aston Martin Racing works driver Stefan Mücke (DE), team-owner/driver Stuart Leonard (GB) and Leonard Motorsport regular Michael Meadows (GB), in a line-up that OC thinks could take the Pro-Am class win. 

"When you look at the entry list it's a 'who's who' of the world's top GT drivers but I think together our line-up is one of the strongest," OC commented. "Stefan has put it on pole here in this race and Stuart and Michael have taken a Blancpain class win together alongside Paul Wilson already this year."

Leonard Motorsport's Paul Wilson will sit this round of the championship out as his wife is due to give birth on the day of the race. 

"Obviously, it's a shame that Paul has to miss out on this race," OC commented. "But, I'm really grateful that he chose me to take his place and I wish him and his wife all the best for their new arrival."

OC who will join the team at tomorrow's official Spa 24 Hours test also thinks that the Vantage GT3 is an ideal car to contest the race. 

"It's no secret that the Vantage GT3's top speed isn't as fast as some of the other cars but overall it's ideal for a track like Spa with its series of medium- to high-speed corners," the Casio Edifice driver added. "Some of the quicker cars don't have the reliability of the Aston Martin either and that's vital for a 24-hour race. 

"We've seen the Vantage GT3 on the podium at Dubai 24 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours and Bathurst 12 Hours already this year so it has a proven track-record. I think we can add to that tally if we have a clean race and stay out of trouble in the hours of darkness."

This addition to his calendar brings OC's total number of 12- and 24-hour races in 2015 to eight. With four endurance podiums already under his belt this year, he hopes to continue his run of success at Spa 24 Hours.

Spa 24 Hours starts at 1630 local time on Saturday 25 July. 

OC WINS AT LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and his team-mate Paul White (GB) won the 2015 Michelin Aston Martin Le Mans Festival in the Strata 21 Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3, giving him valuable Circuit de la Sarthe experience and continuing this season’s 100% podium finishing rate.
 
Saturday’s 45-minute race on the full Le Mans circuit was OC’s fifth event of the year but his first back in the Aston Martin. Despite not racing the 6.0-litre V12 machine for several months, the 28-year old took no time in refamiliarising himself and qualified on pole in the GT3 class and third overall and ahead of all the GT2/GTEs.
 
“It was great to be back in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3,” commented OC. “I felt immediately at home in it and that allowed me to hit the ground running as I ran my first ever laps of Le Mans.
 
“Driving here is one of those dreams every driver has so you have a bit of an ‘is this really happening’ moment as you speed down the Mulsanne, especially in an Aston Martin as they have such history here.
 
“This is the very car that I did my first endurance race in back in 2013 and we’ve both gone on to do some exciting things!”
 
The Strata 21 V12 Vantage GT3 is the car that the Aston Martin Racing works team used to lead the 2013 Nürburgring 24 Hours and finish the 2014 race in fifth place. It also impressed onlookers at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and took a podium finish in the 2015 Dubai 24 Hours.
 
“It’s a fantastic car and I’m looking forward to making an announcement later this week about my next outing in one,” OC concluded. 
 
OC will race in five 24-hour and three 12-hour races in 2015.  See his calendar HERE (some events are yet to be announced so not yet included).

OC TO RACE AT LE MANS

At this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, more than 50 Aston Martin Racing cars will take part in a 45-minute support race and British driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his regular team-mate Paul White have entered their Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3 with RAM Racing.
 
The race, that takes place on the same day as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will boast an LMP1, a GT1, a few GT2s, a whole field of GT3s and as many GT4s, with several cars, drivers and liveries that are rarely seen but are widely adored. 

“Aston Martin Racing has built some of the top GT and prototype cars of the past decade and to be in a race dedicated to all of them is something really special,” OC explained.
 
The Strata 21 Bilstein-liveried Vantage GT3 is arguably the most famous example of the car, as it was the works team entry in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2013 and 2014, finishing in the top five and top ten, respectively.
 
“It’s cool to be driving a car that has played such an important role in Aston Martin Racing’s history,” added the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver. “Paul and I have had a great 2015 season so far with podiums in Dubai 24 Hours, the 12 Hours of Italy, Silverstone 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, so we’ll be looking for an overall podium next weekend, too.”
 
The festival race takes place on the morning of the 24-hour race and more than 250,000 fans are expected to be spectating.
 
“With five 24-hour races already in my calendar this year, it would have been good to add the main event here at Le Mans but I guess you can’t do it all! Being here and learning the track certainly gets me a step closer, though,” OC concluded. 
 
The Aston Martin Festival of Le Mans race starts at 11.15hrs on Saturday 13 June. 

OC CONTINUES PODIUM-RUN

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole continued his clean run of 2015 podiums with a second place finish in the third round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, last weekend (29/30 May). 

The RAM Racing #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, which started from second on the grid, led the 12-hour race for most of the duration and, going into the final stint, OC and his team-mates Thomas Jäger (DE) and Paul White (GB) were well on their way to the top step of the podium.

However, in the final stop, a queue at the fuel pump cost the team in excess of two-minutes and, with it, the race win.

“Of course, we came here looking for a win, but it wasn’t to be,” commented the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver. “We definitely had the pace to win but we lost more than two minutes in the last pitstop and it cost us the lead. Still, we have extended our lead in the GT3 championship and that’s our main objective.”

OC’s RAM Racing team finished second in Dubai 24 Hours and second in the 12 Hours of Italy, giving them the 24H Series front-running A6 class-lead. In addition, the 28-year old had a class-win in Silverstone 24 Hours and won the World RX Rally Lites shootout.

“I’ve had a win or podium in everything I have entered so far this year, which is great. I have some really exciting events coming up in the next few months and i’m working hard to try keep up this run of success.”

OC will next race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans support race, the Aston Martin Festival of Le Mans in two weeks time. A full announcement will follow.

RACE BY THE SEA FOR OC

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole heads to the third round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, this weekend (29/30 May) and is looking for a race win to add to his two second place finishes of the season so far. 

The race, which takes place on a 4.3km-long track within the sand dunes of Zandvoort, a seaside town just 20-minutes from Amsterdam in Holland, will see more than 50 cars, including 10 GT3s, battle it out and the Milltek Sport-supported driver is confident that a race-win is possible for RAM Racing and the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

“We have a very strong line-up and the fast flowing layout should suit our car,” he commented. “Both Dubai 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Italy ran really smoothly for us and I’m confident that if we have another trouble-free race we have the pace to win.”

OC will drive alongside AMG works driver Thomas Jaeger (DE) and super-quick amateur Paul White.

“I haven’t raced at Zandvoort before but I’ve worked hard on my preparation, with four hours practice on Friday morning I hope to be up to speed well in time for qualifying. Friday is going to be a hectic day, we have two practice sessions, qualifying and the race start. It’s going to be imperative not to lose anytime in the pits or put the team under pressure through driver error.”

“The three-hour/nine-hour race split makes the strategy a little more interesting, Friday will all be about positioning ourselves for the best possible start on Saturday morning."

The first three hours of the race takes place at 1600hrs on Friday 29 May with the remaining nine starting at 08.45 and finishing at 17.45 on Saturday 30 May.

OC SMASHES FIA WORLD RX TALENT SEARCH

Professional GT racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) proved he's not a one trick pony today when he won the FIA World Rally Cross (RX) Championship's inaugural RX Talent Search, landing him a drive in the Turkish round of the RX Lites championship in October.
 
Up against drivers from a wide range of motosport disciplines, including rallying, OC knew the competition was tough, especially as he had never driven a rally cross car before.
 
"I knew that the rally boys would be quick – they were my biggest competition," he commented. "It was a completely new bit of kit for me to learn but I'm used to jumping in different cars and driving fast... well, at least trying to!"
 
The 12 competitors all drove a 310bhp mid-engined RX Lites car, which is designed by Olsbergs MSE in co-operation with Avitas Motorsport, on Lydden Hill Circuit and, as well as being marked on pace and driving skill, they were grilled by a panel of judges who were looking for the best driver to represent the championship on a global stage.
 
"Overall, I think the best man on the day won," commented Martin Anayi, World RX Manager. "Tom will do a very good job of promoting our sport but, most importantly, will have a very strong chance of winning RX Lites."
 
OC is no stranger to the sport as he attended the British round of the World RallyX Championship in 2014 as a guest of fellow Rockstar Athlete Tanner Foust.
 
"I think I'll be putting a call in to Tanner for some tips ahead of the main event in October," added OC. "World RX is a fantastic championship, which is taking the world by storm, so to be a part of it is awesome.
 
"Rally cross has always excited me and I've always wanted to have a go but it's not always that easy to just pick and choose what you want to do. Winning this prize puts me on a platform within the sport that I can then go and build on - I'd love to do more after this. I want to say thanks to the guys at World RX for inviting me to be a part of this."
 
Tom now returns to GT racing in the 12 Hours of Zandvoort on 30 May where he will race his Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with top International racing team Ram Racing.

OC LEADS 24H SERIES WITH RAM RACING

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and his RAM Racing team-mates finished in second place in the second round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Italy, putting the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the lead of the 2015 championship.
 
In his second race with the Silverstone Park-based team, the Milltek Sport and Casio Edifice-sponsored driver was once again joined by Adam Christodoulou (GB) and long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB), and together the trio set out to take overall honours in the 12-hour endurance race at Mugello Circuit in Tuscany, Italy.
 
Despite missing out on the race win, the team – which also finished in second place in the season opener, the 24 Hours of Dubai – got off to a great start, qualifying in third for the race thanks to a solid session from Onslow-Cole.
 
“After leading the majority of the session it was a bit of an anti-climax to be knocked down the order on the last lap of the 45-minute session,” commented the 27-year old from Surrey. “Still, we were at the right end of the grid and in a great position for the race.”
 
The 12-hour enduro was split into two sessions – four hours on Friday afternoon and eight hours on Saturday – and, by the end of session one, the team was in the lead with a near full tank of fuel and some relatively new tyres.
 
“The first session went perfectly,” commented Onslow-Cole. “Our strategy came through, we finished ahead of the pack, with good tyres and enough fuel to see us run a 45-minute stint in the opening of day two. Paul also managed to get a good run in the car – it was the first time he had raced the Mercedes so making sure he had a couple of hours of running in that first session was important.”
 
Once again starting the session, Onslow-Cole worked hard to get heat into the tyres despite the near freezing temperatures and, alongside Christodoulou and White, was battling it out for the lead for the first four hours.
 
However, just after the half-way mark, the team lost a lap and a half due to a queue at the fuel pump and a code 60 pit stop by the its nearest competitors, a gap it was unable to close despite impressive lap times by all three drivers and clever strategy by the engineers.
 
“We can’t say we were unlucky because we had a near perfect race,” he explained. “It’s just that the code 60s fell exactly when our competitors needed to pit and not when we did. At that point we went from being one second ahead to three minutes behind. But, that’s part of endurance racing – sometimes it goes your way, sometimes is goes someone else’s!
 
“The team at RAM Racing impresses me more each time I work with them. I know we all wanted the race-win but it’s great to be leading the championship going into the third round - the championship win is our ultimate goal.”

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. 

OC SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH MILLTEK SPORT

Tom Onslow-Cole has signed a new deal with long-term sponsor Milltek Sport, which will see the 27-year old continue his role as brand ambassador for the premium exhaust manufacturer for the 2015 season.

The partnership has gone from strength-to-strength during the past four years as the British exhaust manufacturer has expanded further in Europe and into America and Onslow-Cole has moved from the British Touring Car Championship to a new career in International GT racing.

“Milltek Sport has been a huge part of my journey,” commented Onslow-Cole. “We enjoyed success at national level together and have now made the next step into Europe and beyond as they also widen their horizons. The guys at Milltek Sport are like family to me now so it’s great to be so close to them as they experience such success around the world."

Onslow-Cole has recently announced he will drive for British racing team Ram Racing in the 2015 24H Series. The championship takes in long distance endurance races in Europe and the Middle East offering Milltek Sport multiple opportunities to host guests in its expanding markets.

“We’ve positioned ourselves very strongly in the UK so the next natural step for us is to expand and strengthen our European markets,” commented Steve Pound, Managing Director at Milltek Sport. “With Tom racing in Europe, we can look at taking new customers and retailers along to races and further activating our partnership.”

In addition to his racing programme, Onslow-Cole will attend key events in Milltek Sport’s events calendar including Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Tuner GP and of course supporting them in their title sponsorship of the Milltek Sport UK Volkswagen Racing Cup.

“It’s always good fun attending events with Milltek Sport,” added Onslow-Cole. “Their customers are such enthusiastic petrolheads and you find yourself chatting away about cars for hours."

Onslow-Cole puts this passion for cars into practice and is also involved in Milltek Sport's testing and development programme, most recently working on the world's first 4x4 Volkswagen Jetta, which was designed and built by the company.

“It’s great to work with brands that you believe in. I use a Milltek Sport exhaust system myself and enjoy all of the performance benefits, as well as its incredible sound. 
“I’m very fortunate to have such a loyal partner in Milltek Sport and I look forward to another season working together.”

Tom will next wear race in the 12 Hours of Mugello in Tuscany, Italy, on 13/14 March when he drives the Ram Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

OC SIGNS DEAL WITH RAM RACING

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole has signed a season-long deal with Ram Racing to contest the Creventic 24H Series following a successful first outing with the team in Dubai 24 Hours earlier this month (9 January).

Onslow-Cole is no stranger to the championship, which includes Barcelona 24 Hours and the new-for-2015 Paul Ricard 24 Hours, having contested all-but-one of the rounds in 2014 and taking a class podium at each in the Milltek Sport Golf.

The series will form the cornerstone of a 2015 season for Onslow-Cole, who is currently discussing opportunities with World Endurance Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series teams, as well as investigating a VLN campaign alongside long-standing team-mate Paul White.

"It's been a very busy winter season but things are really starting to come good." Commented Onslow-Cole. "Ram Racing is one of the most professional and impressive teams I have ever worked with. The SLS was new to the team in Dubai, but you wouldn't have known it – it's great to have faith in your team and I'm looking forward to racing the full 24 Hour Series season with them.

"The Mercedes sounds quite raw and the controls look simple but it is actually a very refined machine. Having driven most GT3 cars, I'd say it is one of the easiest to jump in and drive but, like with anything, the skill is in finding those final few tenths. I was pleased to get to grips with it so quickly in Dubai and, despite taking it easy in my first stint, came away with a front running green lap average."

The second round of the 24H Series takes place in Mullego Italy. The 12-hour event is split over two days, with four hours taking place on the afternoon of Friday 13 March and the remaining eight taking place on Saturday 14 March.

"Mugello is a great circuit," continued Onslow-Cole. "It is set in a basin in the Tuscan hills and has an undulating series of fast turns and a nice long fast straight. It's all very civilized and European – race for a few hours, stop for dinner and a good night sleep and come back the next day and finish things off!"

The 12 Hours of Mugello will be televised on Motors TV. See listings for full details.

The 2015 24H Series calendar: 

Dubai 24 Hours – Complete
12 Hours of Mugello – 13/14 March
12 Hours of Zaandvoort – 29/30 May
Paul Ricard 24 Hours – 11/12 July
Barcelona 24 Hours – 5/6 September
12 Hours of Brno – 9/10 October

OC FINISHES SECOND OVERALL IN DUBAI 24 HOURS

British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole finished in second place in Dubai 24 Hours, one of the most gruelling and challenging endurances races in the world, in the Ram Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

The 27-year old raced the 6.2-litre V8 machine for the first time alongside AMG factory driver Thomas Jäger (DE), experienced SLS driver Adam Christodoulou (GB) and locally-based driver Cheerag Arya (IN).

In qualifying one, Onslow-Cole set the car's fastest lap time of 1:59.995 - the second fastest lap of the 12 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 entries - to place the car in third overall. Team-mate Jager completed qualifying two and recorded the fourth fastest time overall, an ideal place to start the 24 hour race from.

"Our aim was to qualify inside the top five," commented Onslow-Cole. "Of course, in a 24 hour race qualifying isn't that important but, the further back you are, the more chance there is of being involved in an incident as you work up the pack."

In the post-qualifying nighttime practice session, Onslow-Cole had his first chance to weave the SLS through the 95 cars on track in darkness. Holding the fastest time of the session until the last lap he was pleased to be third fastest as the session finished.

"There are so many skills you need to hone to be good at 24 hour racing," he commented. "Being able to do a fast lap isn't enough. You need to master traffic management, driving in the dark, tyre and fuel management and much more."

Jäger started the race and held fourth place throughout his stint but, after a transponder issue in the opening hours of the race, the team lost several places. When Onslow-Cole started his first stint the team was in 22nd place and he set to work climbing through the pack. Proving his traffic management and overtaking ability, he safely worked the SLS back up to 11th place before handing the car over to Christodoulou.

"I really enjoyed my first stint in the car, it wasn't my fastest of the race but it was really satisfying to climb up the grid and bring us back into contention for a good result."  

At the start of his second stint, at 11pm, the team was up to fourth, a position they still held by the start of his third stint at 5am.

"Throughout my stints I got faster and faster," commented Onslow-Cole. "I was pleased with my driving throughout the race. It was a new car to me and I wanted to make sure I didn't make any silly mistakes so I pushed harder and worked up gradually. By the third stint I felt I had a good handle on the car as I consistently recorded lap times that closed us to the leader."

By his final stint, at 11am, the team was up to second overall, the position it held until the chequered flag.

"I really enjoyed the race," he concluded. "Of course, the goal was the race win, but second place is still great. Without the issue at the start, who knows what could have happened… But then again there are probably many teams saying that!"

"I did my first ever endurance race here in Dubai 24 Hours so it is a place I have great memories of. I can't wait to come back next year and go one step higher up the podium. I have some great races planned in the meantime and I'm excited that 2015 is underway."

Onslow-Cole will announce his 2015 plans in the coming weeks.