OC BECOMES A WORLD RECORD-BREAKER... AGAIN

Tom Onslow-Cole and Hotels.com have broken the World Record for the fastest bed, after the professional racing driver travelled in a straight line at 135kms per hour, proving that the accommodation expert not only provides the fastest beds online but on-track, too.
 
At the Emirates Motorplex in the United Arab Emirates on the 13th December, Tom hopped aboard a Hotels.com bed with a modified Ford Mustang GT base and, in front of an adjudicator from the Guinness World Records, smashed the previous record by 24kms per hour.

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“As an international racing driver, I travel the world and use Hotels.com wherever I stay, so I already knew they could deliver a fast bed via the app and online... Now I know they can deliver it on track, too!” the championship-winning GT driver commented. “I was made-up to take the ‘World’s Fastest Bed’ record with Hotels.com, it was an unforgettable experience and I hope it’ll stand the test of time – it’ll take some beating!”
 
This isn’t the first time Tom has held a World Record. In 2012, he and TV personality Edd China drove the world’s fastest milk float for his sponsor eBay Motors.
 
“Unfortunately, I lost the 'Fastest Milk Float' World Record a couple of years ago, so I’m delighted to be back in the record books again,” concluded Tom.
 
Tom will return to the UAE next month to contest Dubai 24 Hours in a Mercedes AMG GT3 with SPS Automotive Performance and the Dubai World of Adventures.

OC FULLY-CHARGED FOR ELECTRIC GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Tom Onslow-Cole has been selected to take part in the new-for-2017 Electric GT Championship, a ten-round series that will see ten teams battle twenty Tesla Model S race cars in the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT competition.
 
The series, announced at an event in Ibiza, earlier this year, is the first all-electric GT championship in the world and the British Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete was keen to investigate the opportunity and add it to his rapidly growing 2017 calendar.
 
“We’re in a period of huge change in the automotive world – electrification of road cars is going to be huge – and motorsport will, undoubtedly, reflect this. As a racing driver, it’s important to be open-minded, adaptable and eager to explore new opportunities.”
 
In fact, this isn’t the first foray into green technologies for the forward-thinking Londoner. In 2010, OC narrowly missed out on the British Touring Car Championship title in a Calor Gas LPG-powered Ford Focus and, in 2013, he drove the hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S.
 
“Motorsport is a fantastic way for manufacturers and technical suppliers to develop and demonstrate technologies and engineering expertise, and I’m more than happy to be the one in the driving seat!” he continued. 
 
As well as pushing forward electric race car technology, the championship also sets out to make motorsport more interactive and sociable than ever before.
 
“It’s not just the worlds of automotive and motorsport that are changing," he explained. "The way that fans consume racing is changing too. In order for our sport to prosper, we need to offer spectators a way to engage and interact so that they become life-long loyal consumers for the car manufacturers and the sponsors.
 
“I’ve looked closely at the Electric GT Championship and I like the approach they are taking. They are linking up new technologies with new ways of consuming sport and I’m delighted to be involved from the start. Let’s see where it takes us!”
 
The Electric GT Championship is set to start in 2017 and will be in addition to OC’s rapidly-growing GT3 calendar, which is set to include more than 20 international events. His season starts with Dubai 24 Hours in January, when he will re-join SPS Automotive Performance in its Mercedes AMG GT3.

OC TOPS-OFF HIS SEASON DOWN-UNDER

Less than one month ago, professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole mentioned to the media that he’d love to compete in Bathurst 12 Hours and already he is preparing to board a plane and head to Australia.

The 29-year old racer will take part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint at Mount Panorama with MARC Cars, a local team that runs Ford Focus and Mazda 3-bodied endurance racers and has recently invested in a BMW M6 GT3.

“I’m looking forward to driving at Bathurst,” he said. “We’re taking part in the Challenge Bathurst Lightening Super Sprint, which has a very impressive list of names on the entry, including some that will be racing in the 12-hour race in February.

“I’ve been learning the track on the simulator and it’s incredible. The Sprint will be a great opportunity for me to get some real-life experience there and I’m incredibly grateful to Ryan for inviting me to drive his cars. Hopefully, with some track time under my belt, I’ll be able to secure myself a good seat for Bathurst 12 Hours.”

When the news broke of OC’s desire to race ‘Down Under’ he had to put his middle-of-the-night jump-into-action skills, honed in 24-hour racing, to use. The time difference meant the news hit the Australian press at 04.00hrs UK time and, within 15 minutes, OC’s phone was ringing and waking him from his bed in Buckinghamshire, not far from Silverstone International Circuit in the UK.

“I’ve learned the art of waking up quickly, having contested twelve 24-hour races in the last three years,” he commented. “So, answering the calls from Australia at 4am was pretty easy, but I’m glad the first one was from Ryan at MARC Cars - we go back a little way and it’s a team I’ve raced with before.”

It’s no surprise OC received immediate interest from teams ‘Down-Under’. He’s got a solid GT3 endurance racing record that includes second place in Dubai 24 Hours, wins at Paul Ricard 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Brno and multiple podiums at Mugello 12 Hours, Zandvoort 12 Hours and Barcelona 24 Hours, to name a few.

SACRIFICE AND SUCCESS IN A RACE TO REMEMBER

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Paul White (GB) and Jade Edwards (GB) were reunited for their annual pilgrimage to Anglesey Circuit in North Wales for the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance but, this year, the 2014 race-winners were joined by Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy (GB) and Paralympic Gold medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth (GB) in the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Golf.
 
The weekend started well, as Butterworth successfully passed his ARDS racing driver test, however, the team soon fell on bad luck when the trusty MkVI Golf, with which the team podiumed last year, had an issue. KPM Racing and Milltek Sport worked into the night to replace the turbo but, at the end of the practice session, it was decided that the failure was due to a software issue that couldn’t be rectified at the circuit and it was almost certain to strike again throughout the nine-hour race.
 
In the spirit of the event, Milltek Sport’s MD Steve Pound suggested that they turn its track day MkVII Golf R, which was in the back of the truck ready for Saturday’s passenger lap session, into a race-ready machine ahead of qualifying.
 
“At Milltek Sport we have development cars on fleet that we use to demonstrate our performance exhaust systems and to offer track experiences to the public,” commented Pound. “Sacrificing the Golf R was a fairly easy decision – we couldn’t let the Mission Motorsport team go home without racing – but we had to make some fairly big and permanent changes to the car including drilling through the roof for the radio system and cutting vents into the bonnet.”
 
With dispensation from the organisers and the support of the paddock, the team had just two-hours to transform the car. With minutes to spare, OC qualified in fourth before handing over to his team-mates to complete their mandatory three laps needed to start the race.
 
“That was not only an impressive turn-around but it was an incredibly generous donation by Milltek Sport,” commented OC. “We all wanted Jon-Allan, who was making his race debut, and Chris [Hoy], who had kindly given his time to support the event, to have the chance to compete and the team worked so hard to make it happen.”
 
The race started on Saturday afternoon and ran into the dark before the 36 cars stopped for the night. On the morning of Remembrance Sunday, the race resumed and, following an interlude for a Remembrance Service to mark the eleventh hour, it continued until the chequered flag fell at 15.30.
 
“Watching Jon-Allan cross the line was amazing - to think that he has started his motorsport career here with us is exciting and we’re looking forward to supporting him as he progresses,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete continued. “But, Jon-Allan is just one of many ex-service personnel who came together, this weekend, to help each other to race, retrain and recover.”
 
After nine hours of wheel-to-wheel action, the cars crossed the line to an emotional applause. The Milltek Sport team finished third in class and the Golf R had recorded the fastest lap of the race. Jon-Allan had finished his first ever motorsport competition and OC had completed another successful racing season.
 
“The Race of Remembrance is a great way to end the season, each year,” OC concluded. “It’s a fantastic event that showcases the many success stories of Mission Motorsport but its important to remember that they are working flat-out all season to help any ex-servicemen and women who need a bit of help at a difficult time.”
 
Although it is the final race of 2016 for OC, he still has the Bathurst 12 Hours test to complete, next week. His 2017 race season will then start with Dubai 24 Hours in mid-January. Full details will be announced soon.

OC JOINS BRITISH CYCLING HEROES FOR FORCES CHARITY

Professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole and his long-term team-mate Paul White will be joined by Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, and Rio 2016 Paralympic Gold medalist Jon Allan Butterworth in the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance, this weekend (11-13 November).
 
In the nine-hour race that takes place at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales, the team will pilot a Milltek Sport Volkswagen Golf DSG that has been adapted by KPM Racing to enable amputee Jon Allan to compete.
 
With Paul White on double-duties, GT and touring car driver Jade Edwards, who coached Jonny Vegas on ITV’s Drive, will join the line-up in the Remembrance Sunday event. Edwards, White and OC won the race in 2014 and came third in 2015, so they are keen to continue their podium run.
 
“Every year, we see-out another season with the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance,” commented OC. “It’s not often you’ll hear a racing driver say that there is something more important in life than winning a race, but, at this event, you definitely get a sense of perspective.
 
“This race isn’t about me, or my fastest lap time, or my green lap averages, it’s about promoting the charity, supporting its members, remembering those no longer with us and being grateful for those fighting for us."

The unique event celebrates the work of Mission Motorsport, bringing together beneficiaries from across the UK to participate and to compete, racing into the night and, uniquely, pausing the race for a Service of Remembrance in the pitlane.
 
“It’s great to have Chris in the car. Paul and I actually raced against him in the British GT Championship, and he was quick, so it’ll be fun to be on the same team," continued the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. "I’m most excited, however, to be reunited with Jon Allan. We first met at Race of Champions, last year, where I coached him and the other celebrities in an Ariel Atom. He was pretty talented, so I think he’ll have a great race debut.”
 
Jon Allan won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games before going on to win gold in the Rio games, earlier this year. The 30-year old, who lost his left arm in 2007 in an rocket attack, when serving as a senior aircraftsmen weapons technician with the Royal Air Force, began cycling at a Help for Heroes bike ride in 2008 and was later talent-spotted at a Paralympics GB Talent ID day. He will be the first participant to take his ARDS licence under new regulations, after working with Mission Motorsport, the MSA and the FIA to streamline the process for amputees.

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.

OC TICKS-OFF N24 PERMIT AND TRAVELS TO BRNO

Tom Onslow-Cole has been granted his Nürburgring Permit A, meaning he is ready to race in the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours, and is now preparing for his fourth and final 24-hour race of the year at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic.

After setting the fastest qualifying time of all the Toyota GT86 CS-Cup entries, last weekend, OC started VLN9, the penultimate round of the Nürburgring Nordschleife series, in the #277 Milltek Sport-liveried machine. After five laps, he was awarded his Permit A but a mistake in the pits cost the team a class podium.

The GT3 racer, who has taken seven 24-hour race podiums since his switch to endurance racing in 2014, including a second place overall finish in Dubai 24 Hours and a win at Paul Ricard 24 Hours, is looking forward to adding Nürburgring 24 Hours to his 2017 programme.

“I want to get out there and race as much as I can,” he commented. “I have a list of events I want to be successful in and I’m ticking more off each year. I came into GT racing later than some of my peers but I’ve worked hard to get offered some fantastic opportunities, which have enabled me to catch-up with track knowledge and experience in a very short space of time.

“Nürburgring 24 Hours and Bathurst 12 Hours are on next year’s endurance racing hit-list, so this is one step closer to realising one of them.”

This weekend, OC will make his debut in the Scuderia Praha Ferrari 488 GT3 and aims to help the team retain its 24H Series race win from Brno last year. With the event doubling in length to a 24-hour race, it’ll be a challenge for the 35 entries, as temperatures are expected to drop to near freezing during the night.

“We tested at Brno, last week, and it was pretty cold,” OC said. “Last year, we weren’t allowed tyre warmers but they’ve introduced them, this year, which, I think, is a good move by Creventic. We came away from the test very prepared and happy as a team.

“It was my first time in the Ferrari 488, so it was good to get experience in yet another GT3 machine. It’s pretty different to the Mercedes, Bentley, Nissan and Aston Martin that I’ve driven in the past. It’s mid-engined, which means driving style is tweaked slightly, but I think I’ve got it nailed… we’ll soon find out!

“Scuderia Praha are a strong team, especially on their home soil in the Czech Republic,” he added. “Last year, myself and RAM Racing finished in second place, just behind them, so I’m hoping I can join them on the top step, this weekend.”

OC will race alongside Peter Kox, Jiri Pisarik and Josef Král and fans can watch and support them at www.24hseries.com. Qualifying takes place at 15.45 local time on Saturday with the race starting at 12.00 on Sunday.

OC RETURNS TO THE 'RING IN TOYOTA GT86 CS-CUP

Tom Onslow-Cole will return to the Nürburgring, this weekend, with two missions: the first to complete his Nürburgring 24 Hours licence and the second to drive the Toyota GT86 CS-Cup, this time in the SP3 class as the manufacturer evaluates modified parts.
 
The GT3 racer, who has taken seven 24-hour race podiums since his switch to endurance racing, is keen to add Nürburgring 24 Hours to his list of accomplishments, so is mid-way through gaining the required licence. He just needs one more race start and five more race laps before he can 'throw his hat in the ring' for the world’s toughest endurance race.
 
After starting his licence in the Milltek Sport-liveried GT86 CS-Cup, OC is returning to the Ring but, this time, as part of Toyota Motorsport GbmH’s testing and development programme. TMG is pleased to involve Tom because of his vast racing experience and engineering abilities, while his team-mates Dale Lomas and Lucas Gavris bring significant experience of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
 
"As well as the data we will get from this race, TMG considers driver evaluation and feedback of cars and parts to be a crucial step in the development programme,” commented Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport at TMG. “So to get feedback from drivers with experience of the Nordschleife and other high-level racing cars, plus an experienced team, really enhances our development.”
 
This weekend’s VLN9 is a four-hour long race that takes place on Saturday afternoon and is the penultimate round of the ten-race series on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.  
 
“I can’t wait to go back,” said OC. “There’s a chance the weather won’t be very nice but, having seen the weather at Nürburgring 24 Hours over the past few years, you need to know the Nordschleife in rain, fog and even hail!
 
"The Toyota GT86 CS-Cup is the perfect car for learning the track. It’s a shame not to be challenging in the TMG GT86 CS-Cup class, because the racing is awesome, but it’s exciting and interesting to be part of the development process and data gathering for TMG.”
 
VLN9 can be viewed at
www.VLN.de and fans can keep up-to-date with OC on his social media channels in the links above.

OC TO RACE FERRARI 488 GT3 WITH SCUDERIA PRAHA

Current 24H Series GT3 champion, Tom Onslow Cole, has been signed-up by Scuderia Praha to race its Ferrari 488 GT3 in the 24 Hours of Brno, next month, but has to sit out the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup, this weekend, as team-mate Ian Loggie has other commitments. 
 
OC will join the 2015 12 Hours of Brno race-winners, Scuderia Praha, for the final round of the 2016 championship and can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Ferrari.
 
“You know when a new car is launched and you think ‘I fancy a go in that’?” commented the Milltek Sport test driver. “I’ve always watched the team with great admiration and I’ve been liaising with the team manager Jiri since last season. I'm so pleased our situations have aligned and we are able to race together. Thanks to Jiri Pisarik, Josef Král and Peter Kox for having me as part of their team, I think we have a really strong line-up!”
 
Ivo Horn, team principal at Scuderia Praha added: “We raced Tom for some time and he has been always a tough one to beat! This time we are together and we think that we have a very strong line-up to defend Epilog trophy from last year. Tom has a vast experience from 24h series which bodes well with dealing with the traffic and the 488 is an easy car to drive although quite a bit different to what he has driven this year. As usual we are doing our best to prepare the car, will be first time for our 488 on Hankook tyres, and we are hopefully also due some luck.”
 
It’s been a busy year for OC, who has raced with both RAM Racing and SPS Automotive Performance in the Mercedes AMG GT3; Team Parker Racing in the Bentley Continental GT3 and, most recently, with Milltek Sport in the Nürburgring’s VLN series. 
 
“It’s a shame to miss out on the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup but I can’t really complain,” OC added. "It's a privilege to be out there racing and, once again, I’ve had another really busy year, with more still to come. I’ve had a great time racing the Bentley with Ian, Callum [Macloed] and the guys at Team Parker Racing and I wish the #30 drivers, Chris Harris and Derek Pierce, luck for the race.
 
“I also want to say good luck the Bentley Team M-Sport crew who are in with a chance of taking two titles this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching the race.”
 
Despite not taking part, OC will still travel to the Nürburgring, this weekend, to support Team Parker Racing and Bentley Team M-Sport in the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series. 
 
The 24 Hours of Brno takes place on 14-16 October and fans can watch at 
www.24hseries.com. For regular updates, follow OC on his social media channels using the links above. 

OC SCORES CLASS PODIUM IN DEBUT VLN RACE

Tom Onslow-Cole not only completed his Nürburgring Norschleife permit course at VLN7, but he took a podium in the Toyota GT86 Cup and racked up 13 race laps, which takes him more than halfway to getting his Nürburgring 24 Hours licence.
 
It was a change from OC’s usual 600+bhp GT3 machinery, this weekend. With more than 28kms of track to learn, he and long-term sponsor Milltek Sport opted to race in the Ring Racing Toyota GT86 with Nürburgring specialists Dale Lomas and Luke Gavris, as well as American racer Jean-Francois Brunot.
 
“You have to have respect for the Nordschleife,” he commented. “The Toyota GT86 is the perfect car to learn the track, while enjoying some competitive racing in the single-marque cup class. When it comes to team-mates, Dale and Luke not only know this place inside-out but they are fantastic at sharing information. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the ‘Ring.”
 
After completing an online learning course, a classroom-based tutorial and an on-track assessment, OC was granted his Nordschleife racing permit and the Ring Racing team started the six-hour VLN7 from fourth in class. After two stints and 13 laps, OC was in third place when he handed over to Luke, who took the chequered flag.
 
In order to gain his licence to race in the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours, OC must now complete one more VLN race-start and a further five laps of the Nordschleife.
 
“I can’t wait to come back and race here again,” OC continued. “I have a great respect for the circuit and the drivers who have mastered it. Seeing my Blancpain GT Series competition doing sub-eight minute laps is seriously impressive – the plan is to join them in the future. For now, I will continue to learn what is the most exciting and spectacular racing track in the world, giving it the respect that it requires.”
 
OC will return to the Nürburgring in two weeks for the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup, although this time, he won’t be entering the Norschleife. The 1000km race will take place on the GP circuit and OC will be back in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3. 

OC TO RACE AT THE RING FOR MILLTEK SPORT

Tom Onslow-Cole will complete the Nürburgring permit course, this week, ahead of his VLN Championship debut in the Milltek Sport-backed Toyota GT-86, on Saturday (3 September).

OC, who has tested many of the Milltek Sport fleet of performance cars - most recently the Ford Focus RS - on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, has never raced on the 24.4km-long track, but says there are several reasons he and the premium exhaust manufacturer have chosen to compete there.

"The Nürburgring is for true petrol-heads who appreciate quality and performance, and that makes it a perfect place for Milltek Sport to race," OC explained. "The track is also among the most testing and challenging in the world, not only for us drivers but for the cars and parts. Milltek Sport manufactures premium exhaust systems that are easily capable of performing here under the most extreme conditions so, this is the perfect place to prove, develop and demonstrate its products.

"On a personal level, Nürburgring 24 Hours is on my hit-list. It's not only a unique challenge for GT drivers but, with all the big manufacturers and teams spending huge money to try and win it, the career opportunities are good - I need to be ready to race, when the call comes in!"

In order to race in Nürburgring 24 Hours, drivers need to pass a safety course that demonstrates an understanding of the circuit and the specific safety measures imposed. To be granted the licence, they must safely complete 18 laps of the Nordschleife, with specific performance requirements, and clock-up two VLN race starts.

Once he has completed his course on Thursday and Friday, OC will drive in this weekend's six-hour event alongside Nürburgring specialists Dale Lomas (otherwise known as Bridge to Gantry) and Luke Gavris, as well as Continental Tire Championship driver Jean-Francois Brunot. The quartet will drive a Milltek Sport-liveried Toyota GT-86 in the Cup4 (or TMG GT86 Cup) class.

"I know Dale and Luke quite well so I'll definitely be trying to tap into their vast experience," he commented. "Between them, myself and Jean-Francois, we should have a team capable of taking the class win. I want to thank Milltek Sport for giving me this opportunity to join in their Nürburgring programme. I hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship with the 'Ring."

The VLN Championship is a ten-race series that takes place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Just like Nürburgring 24 Hours, cars ranging from the front-running GT3 machines through to hot-hatch touring cars can compete, making it a truly special experience. Manufacturers, teams and drivers use the VLN Championship to prepare for the 24-hour race, with many now opting to do the full season.

VLN7 will take place this Saturday at 12.00hrs local time. Fans can watch the race live at www.vln.de/live  and can follow Tom on his social media channels.

OC'S 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD PODIUM

Tom Onslow-Cole stood on the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard podium for the second year running, yesterday, when he and his SPS Automotive Performance team-mates finished in third place in the front-running GT3 Pro class with the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
It was a hard-fought come-back for OC, Lance David Arnold (DE), Alex Müller (DE), Valentin Pierburg (DE) and Stephané Kox (NL), who started the 24-hour race from the front row. After a smooth run throughout the night, fortunes soon changed, when two unscheduled pit stops dropped them down the order in the early hours of Sunday morning.
 
Three laps down from the podium, running in eighth place and with six hours remaining, the Milltek Sport-supported driver knew they had to dig deep and push hard if they were to have any chance of success: “I’ll be honest, at that point, we all thought our podium hopes were over, but you never stop fighting,” he said. “You don’t know what will happen to those in front of you so you need to get yourself as close to the leader as possible. The good thing in these situations is that the team takes on an ‘all or bust’ approach, so Alex and Lance each did a double stint, pushing like crazy, before I took over for a double to the chequered flag.”
 
As predicted, there was trouble ahead for the second place Lamborghini, which retired, and the third place Ferrari, which had to do an extra stop for a puncture. Now running in fourth in the Pro class behind the Ferrari, the podium was in sight for OC’s final stint.
 
After both cars had pitted for fuel and tyres, OC came out just six seconds behind Malucelli. Although the Ferrari had been the quicker car, all weekend, OC took no time in closing the gap at around a second and a half a lap. With 15 minutes to go, OC passed the Ferrari and moved into third place in class.
 
“We wanted to go there and take the overall win but a class podium is still fantastic given the situation we were in at the start of the day,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with SPS Automotive Performance – they are a well-run team that does everything to the highest standard and I have a lot of time for that. They are all great to be around and I even managed to pick up a bit of German!”

OC will now return home to prepare for the highest profile event in his 2016 calendar, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps,
 
“I’m looking forward to racing the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 around Spa. It’s such a fast, flowing circuit that should really suit the car and it’s well-built to cope with all of the drama of a 24-hour race,” he added. “I’ve taken podiums at Dubai 24 Hours, Barcelona 24 Hours and 24 Hours of Paul Ricard in the last 18 months so I’d love to add 24 Hours of Spa to this list, in a fortnight’s time.”
 
The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps takes place on 30/31 July and will be live streamed at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.

OC JOINS SPS AUTOMOTIVE PERFORMANCE FOR 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole will return to defend his 24 Hours of Paul Ricard title, this weekend, but not alongside his usual RAM Racing team-mates. Instead, the British racing star will join rivals SPS Automotive Performance in their identical Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
As Paul White sits this race out, due to work commitments, Roald Goethe (DE) and Stuart Hall (GB) took the chance to reunite with old ROFGO Racing regulars Jamie Campbell Walter (GB) and Dan Brown (GB) in the RAM Racing car. Meanwhile, OC called Stephan Sohn from SPS and kick-started a relationship they had been talking about for a while.
 
“I met Stephan [Sohn] at the Mercedes AMG Stars and Cars event in December and discovered a mutual desire to drive together. After a few discussions, we were unable to put anything together due to clashes and other commitments but, with this change in my calendar, things fell into place overnight.” commented the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver.
 
Stephan added: “We’re very happy to have Tom in the car, this weekend. It was in my head for a long time and now there is an opportunity. We’ll give it a try and see what are the options for the future. We think Tom will fit in perfectly to our team, as you have to be a bit crazy!”
 
OC won the 24H Series in the GT3 class in 2015, taking the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard win along the way. He is determined to take the race win again alongside new team-mates Lance David Arnold (DE), Alex Müller (DE), Valentin Pierburg (DE) and Stéphane Kox (NL) in the IMG Worlds of Adventure Dubai-liveried Mercedes.
 
“Stephan runs a fantastic team, one that I’ve battled against many times,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete added. “The competition for this race looks strong, but so do we, and I’m looking forward to working with the SPS crew and battling it out at the front.”
 
The 24 Hours of Paul Ricard starts at 14.30 CET on Saturday the 16th July and will be live streamed at
www.24hseries.com

FUEL YOUR NEED FOR SPEED WITH TOC

Tom Onslow-Cole and Rockstar Energy Drink have launched an exciting new competition inside more than 450 Tesco Petrol Filling Stations to offer one lucky winner the chance to spend a day driving racing cars at Brands Hatch, this summer.
 
With one-to-one coaching from the ex-BTCC star and GT ace, the winner will begin learning basic racing techniques in a front wheel drive hatchback before progressing to finish the day perfecting their skills in a breath-taking Ariel Atom.
 
“This is going to be epic!” commented OC. “To be able to take someone to Brands Hatch, one of the UK’s most prestigious circuits, and help them learn some of the skills that I have developed over more than 20 years of karting and racing, is awesome.
 
“I’m grateful to Rockstar Energy Drink for giving me the chance to offer this to motorsport fans across the UK and can’t wait to find out who will be joining me!”
 
Details of how to enter the competition can be found inside Tesco Petrol Filling Stations across the UK for the next two weeks. The text-to-enter competition requires no purchase and is open to UK driving licence holders over the age of 18.
 
In addition to this awesome prize, OC is giving away some exclusive Rockstar Energy Drink swag, so keep an eye on his social media channels for the latest opportunities.

WIN TWO VIP BRITISH GP TICKETS WITH TOM ONSLOW-COLE AND EVANS HALSHAW

Tom Onslow-Cole and Evans Halshaw have teamed-up to offer one lucky competition-winner a ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity to experience the British Grand Prix like a VIP, as part of the leading car retailer’s Move Me Closer to the Action' campaign.
 
The winner and one guest will be treated like VIPs for the day on 10 July 2016, as they are collected and chauffeur driven to Silverstone by the British racing driver before joining him for the day in the luxury trackside hospitality suite.
 
Emma Pochin, group marketing leader at Evans Halshaw, comments: “We’re really excited to be launching this campaign, which not only gives customers the chance to win an incredible prize, but also allows us to demonstrate our passion for all things automotive.
 
“The Move Me Closer to the Action campaign is an evolution of our hugely popular Move Me Closer service and the competition perfectly reflects our commitment to going the extra mile for customers. We’re thrilled to be working with Tom Onslow-Cole to offer this fantastic experience.” 
 
With top notch breakfast and lunch included, the two guests will have full use of the VIP facilities and may even find themselves rubbing shoulders with the stars of racing past and present.
 
“This is a money can’t buy, once in a lifetime opportunity for F1 fans to get up close to the action, thanks to Evans Halshaw,” commented Onslow-Cole. “The VIP facilities overlook some of the most action-packed parts of the track and, if we’re lucky with the weather, we can sit outside just a stone’s throw from the asphalt and feel the cars roar past us.”
 
If that’s not enough, reserved grandstand seats in two locations and the use of the VIP buggy service, means hop-footing around the track to watch the action is easy.
 
“The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a highlight of my year and I can’t wait for one lucky winner and a guest to come and enjoy the action with me! Have you entered, yet?”
 
Entering the competition couldn’t be more simple. Go to the Evans Halshaw website:
www.evanshalshaw.com/win and follow the instructions. Entries will be accepted between 6th and 27th June 2016. Full terms and conditions apply.

OC TO RACE IN 'BACK GARDEN'

Tom Onslow-Cole will enjoy the comfort of his own bed, this race weekend, as the Blancpain Endurance Cup heads to Silverstone for the only British race in his 2016 calendar.
 
Returning from 12H Zandvoort, where he took pole position in the RAM Racing Mercedes AMG GT3, the Milltek Sport-supported driver is looking forward to getting back into the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 and driving on the track that is in his 'back garden'.
 
“Despite living a stone’s throw from Silverstone Circuit, I’ve only actually raced on the GP circuit twice. I know the five turns of the National Circuit like the back of my hand, how hard can the other 13 be?! Joking aside, everyone knows the GP Circuit – it’s one of those stand-out iconic tracks."

OC will race one of four Bentley Continental GT3s on the grid of more than 50 GT3 cars from premium manufacturers including Aston Martin, Mercedes, Porsche and Lamborghini. 
 
“I can’t wait to get on-track. The Bentley Continental GT3 has a strong history on the Silverstone GP circuit. Whether it’s the good aero package or the push of the home crowd, it always does well here. In fact it won the Blancpain Endurance Series race here in 2014, so we all have high expectations upon us.”
 
The three-hour race starts at 1500hrs on Sunday 15 May and will be live streamed at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.  

OC'S BUSY MAY GETS UNDERWAY

Tom Onslow-Cole has returned from testing Milltek Sport’s latest fleet of performance-enhanced cars at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring Nordschleife just in time to prepare for the third round of the 24H Series, Zandvoort 12 Hours, this weekend (6/7 May).
 
After a busy May Day weekend, putting the new Milltek Sport Ford Focus RS through its paces, OC had a quick turnaround to shakedown the RAM Racing AMG GT3 ahead of the third race of the season and says that he is looking forward to getting the Series back underway.
 
“We shook-down the Mercedes AMG GT3 today and it feels brand new,” he commented. “Yes, we have had some issues with the car this season but you have to put them behind you. As a driver, that’s not something you can control, you just have to turn up with a positive attitude, optimise the car you have and focus on delivering the best possible result.”
 
Last season, OC and the RAM Racing team finished in second place at Zandvoort 12 Hours in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, the third podium of the year for the championship-winning team.
 
This weekend, OC will once again be joined by long-standing team-mate Paul White (GB) as well as new-for-2016 co-driver Stuart Hall (GB).
 
“I know we have the best team in the paddock and a very strong driver line-up,” he continued. “To add to that, Zandvoort is one of the great tracks on the calendar – it’s a satisfying lap to drive. There is also a beach party halfway through the race, which is never a bad thing!”
 
Zandvoort 12 Hours starts at 1600hrs on Friday 6 May and runs for three hours. The race resumes at 0920hrs on Saturday 7 May for the remaining nine hours to be completed. Fans can watch the race live at www.24hseries.com.
 
After the race at Zandvoort, OC will return to the UK to contest his home round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 on 14/15 May.

ONSLOW-COLE KICKS OFF BENTLEY CAMPAIGN

Tom Onslow-Cole's debut Blancpain Endurance Series championship gets underway this weekend in Monza, Italy, and the Bentley Team Parker Racing professional says that he must be on top form right from the word 'go' in what is his most important GT season yet.
 
Switching to GTs in 2014, OC has had a lot to learn in two seasons, but he quickly proved that he had what it takes by getting overall podiums in the British GT Championship, Dubai 24 Hours, 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and Barcelona 24 Hours.
 
This success earned him a seat in the new-for-2016 Bentley Team Parker Racing Continental GT3 and a place on the centre stage – Blancpain Endurance Series – the world's largest and most competitive GT championship.
 
"There's no slack in this championship; every race, every position, every lap is hard-fought," the Milltek Sport-supported driver commented. "Although I'm known by many in the paddock, it's my first full Endurance Series season and I'm looking to make a good first impression. Have a great opening race and, within such a busy grid, you could go unnoticed, but make a mistake and your copybook is blotted forever."
 
Having tested in the Continental GT3 at Portimao and Monza, OC, who has recently been re-signed as a Rockstar Athlete for 2016, is confident that he is in a car that can win the championship. In fact, he believes that, alongside fellow Brits Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie, they have one of the strongest line-ups in the Pro-Am class.
 
"Ian is an extremely quick Am driver," he explained. "And, in this class, that is often where the biggest gains can be made. The Pro drivers are usually within tenths of each other but Ian can go seconds faster than some of his competitors. He and Callum make a great team and they've really welcomed me in. I think the three of us will be a formidable force.
 
"This isn't about any one of us going out there and trying to be heroes," he added. "It's about having a quick and clear run and handing over the Continental GT3 to your team mate in the best possible position and condition. If we all do that, we should win races and build a strong championship campaign."
 
The opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series from Monza takes place on 24 April and fans can watch live from 3pm CET (2pm UK time) at www.blancpain-gt-series.com.

OC RE-SIGNED AS ROCKSTAR ATHLETE FOR 2016

British racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will continue to represent Rockstar Energy Drink in 2016, as he re-news his Rockstar Athlete contract for the upcoming season.
 
Rockstar Energy Drink supports some of the top action sport and motorsport athletes around the globe and has worked with OC in his racing career since 2010.
 
In 2016, OC’s stand-out black and yellow Rockstar Energy Drink cap will be seen in the Blancpain Endurance Series and 24H Series paddocks, as the 28-year old carries out a programme of just under 150 hours of endurance racing.
 
“Once again, I’ll have four 24-hour races in my calendar this season,” he commented. “These events are demanding, both mentally and physically, so I’m glad to have Rockstar Energy Drink in my corner. Being a Rockstar Athlete is like being part of an elite club, it’s not just about sport, it’s a lifestyle. I’m extremely proud to be supported by such a strong and exciting brand.
 
“I’d like to thank the team at Rockstar Energy Drink for their continued support. I can’t wait to get things underway and push for another championship-winning season. If things go to plan I hope to be partying like a Rockstar at the end of it.”

OC TARGETS TUSCAN TRIUMPH

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will resume his 24H Series title defence this weekend (16-18 March) as he and RAM Racing contest the 12 Hours of Italy in the team’s #30 Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
OC, who has recently announced he will continue his role as Milltek Sport brand ambassador in 2016, will be joined once again by regular team-mate Paul White (GB) and new-for-2016 RAM Racing driver Stuart Hall (GB) for the second round of the Series to be held at Mugello Circuit in Northern Italy.
 
At the car’s competitive customer debut at Dubai 24 Hours at the start of the year, teething problems prevented the team from repeating its 2015 podium finish. However, the signs were promising and, after dropping out of third place, a valiant effort and fighting spirit saw RAM Racing and its drivers bag ten points each towards the 24H Series championship.
 
Knowing that he and the team can’t afford to drop any more scores if they want to defend their titles, OC is clear that a podium, at least, is needed this weekend.  
 
“We finished in second place in this race last year and the target is to match or better this,” his commented. “Dubai didn’t go to plan but, in 24H Series, you drop a score, so it may not affect us. However, what it does mean is that we can’t afford to miss a podium at the remaining five rounds.”
 
In 2015, RAM Racing scored a podium at each of the six races, including a win at 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and second in Dubai 24 Hours, but the teams’ GT3 championship title still went down to the final round.
 
“If I’m honest, I’ll be disappointed with anything other than a win,” the Casio Edifice-sponsored driver concluded. “As a driver, that is an ideal position to be in, as it means you have the package in place to be fighting at the front, but it also means that expectations are high and the pressure is on.”
 
The 12 Hours of Italy starts at 1400hrs on Friday 18 March and runs for four hours. The race resumes at 0930hrs on Saturday 19 March, after a night under parc ferme conditions, for the remaining eight hours of racing.

OC SIGNES MILLTEK SPORT SPONSORSHIP FOR SIXTH SEASON

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and premium exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport have joined forces for a sixth consecutive season, which will see the British racing driver continue a role that has developed into brand ambassadorship, development driver coaching and product testing.
 
“Not only am delighted to have signed another contract with Milltek Sport but I’m really pleased with the direction that my role is going,” he commented. “Over the past six years, I’ve become really integrated into the team and I’m enjoying getting involved in so many areas of the business.”
 
In 2015, OC tested Milltek Sport products at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring; met with fans at Goodwood Festival of Speed; coached the company's development drivers on the ice in Sweden; and travelled to Australia to represent the brand in front of its new regional distributor.
 
“Tom is a fantastic brand ambassador for Milltek Sport,” commented managing director Steve Pound. “As well as his championship-winning performances on track, he is the full package off-track. He always presents himself professionally; promotes Milltek Sport and our products perfectly; fits into our team; and is always there to support us with whatever we need.
 
“Everyone at Milltek Sport will be cheering him on from our new headquarters in Derby and we’re hoping to use some of his races to host our European customers and dealers.”
 
In 2016, OC will contest both the Blancpain Endurance Series and 24H Series, totalling eleven races in Europe and the Middle East.
 
“This is the most important racing season of my career so far and I’m grateful of Milltek Sport for being there to support me throughout it,” OC concluded. “I think we’ll have another great year together.”

OC ADDS BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES TO 2016 SEASON

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) adds the Blancpain Endurance Series to his 2016 calendar, as Bentley Team Parker Racing signs him to drive its new Continental GT3 alongside Ian Loggie (GB) and Callum Macloed (GB).
 
Although he has contested Spa 24 Hours for the last two years, this is OC’s first full season in the Blancpain Endurance Series, which was a major goal for the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete who switched to GT racing in 2014.
 
“Blancpain Endurance Series is the largest GT series in the world and has fast become a main focus of manufacturers, drivers and teams,” he commented. “The level of competition is ‘off the scale’ and, as a GT3 specialist, it’s the main stage to play. I’m no stranger to the series, I’ve had some great times and got good experience racing in Spa 24 Hour, but I’m looking forward to making the paddock my home rather than a naughty weekend away in July!"
 
Team Parker Racing signed a deal with Bentley at the end of 2015 to see the British preparation team run the Continental GT3, which has won races in the Blancpain Endurance Series, plus finishing second in the championship for the last two years.
 
“The Continental GT3 is an impressive machine,” he continued. “Before you even drive it you can see the quality and thought that has gone into the design. In my first few laps of the car it was very easy to get up to speed; the car inspires confidence. Year-on-year, since the car’s launch, it has been battling at the front with the support of Bentley and M-Sport and this is a trend we’d love to continue.”
 
The Milltek Sport test driver tested the 4.0-litre machine at Portimao earlier this month and impressed team boss Stuart Parker.
 
“We were looking for a quick silver to join Ian and Callum so invited Tom to test with us. Although he’d never driven the Continental GT3, he was quick out of the box and set impressive laps times. Pair that with his fantastic attitude and we knew he had found our driver.”
 
OC is quickly making his name in GT racing following a season in the British GT Championship in 2014 and a championship title in 24H Series in 2015, following podiums at each of the six rounds and a win in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard.
 
“I’m pleased with how my switch to GT racing is going, it’s amazing how separate the various disciplines in motorsport are. As a driver, not only are you learning new machinery, distances and strategy, but you also need to grow your network to get onto the teams’ radars to be in-line for new opportunities – Gaymor Price Management have been extremely helpful in this respect. Blancpain Endurance Series was a target in my three-year plan and I’m pleased to be on-track."
 
OC was careful not to take the first opportunity that came his way but wait for one that he felt gave him the best opportunity to take race and championship wins. Team Parker Racing scooped the Am Cup drivers’ title and came second in the teams’ title in 2015 so he knew they had what it takes.
 
“I’ve been extremely impressed with Bentley Team Parker Racing, they are a well organised and welcoming team. They’ve run at the front of everything they’ve tried, so I guess the pressure is on us! We’re totally prepared for the official Blancpain GT Series test next month, Paul Ricard is a brilliant facility and I’m looking forward to seeing who we’re up against for the season ahead.”
 
OC adds the Blancpain Endurance Series to his 24H Series championship title defence with RAM Racing in its Mercedes AMG GT3, which continues with the 12 Hours of Italy on 18th March. 

OC TO RACE NEW MERCEDES AMG GT3 IN DUBAI

Tom Onslow-Cole will rejoin RAM Racing for a second season in 2016 to defend his 24H Series title, kick-starting at Dubai 24 Hours in a brand new Mercedes AMG GT3 alongside longstanding partner Paul White (GB) and new team-mates Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (DE).

The Silverstone Park-based team will be one of two teams to run the new AMG GT3 in Dubai 24 Hours; the car's debut race outside of the works team. The team took delivery of the car in late December and it was sent to Dubai via air freight in the lead up to the race.

"After winning the 2015 24H Series in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 with barely any issues, we were keen to explore the new AMG GT3,” OC commented. “With expert advice on hand from the AMG Customer Sports team and a great relationship with Programmes Manager Thomas Jäger, it was an easy decision to make. Paul bought the car late last year which just left it for us to strike a deal with Dan Shufflebottom from Ram Racing to run it."

The new Mercedes AMG GT3 is based on the Mercedes GT road car, which replaces the gull-winged Mercedes SLS. With a slightly shorter wheel-base, the race car is much more nimble than its predecessor, making it more competitive on tight and twisty corner complexes, while retaining it's impressive straight line speeds and reliable running gear.

"We were incredibly impressed with AMG Customer Sports throughout last season," explained OC. "The SLS was a fantastic bit of kit so we knew that the AMG GT3 would be, too. It seems they have taken what was already one of the best thought-out, most reliable and successful GT3 cars on the market and improved it even further. I can’t wait for us all to race it!”

OC’s new team-mates, Hall and Goethe first raced together in Dubai 24 Hours back in 2012. They went on to join Aston Martin Racing in the World Endurance Championship where they became the GTE AM class title holders in 2013.

"Stuart and I have known each other a long time and Paul and I are really pleased to welcome him and Roald into the team. Not only are they a great driver pairing, they are fantastic guys, so I think we'll have success and fun in Dubai."

Dubai 24 Hours, which is the opening round of 24H Series, takes place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January 2016 at the Dubai International Autodrome.