OC SEEKS SUCCESS IN THE SILVERSTONE SUNSHINE

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

NO SUMMER BREAK FOR BUSY OC

Tom Onslow-Cole barely had time to wash the Champagne from his racesuit before he re-packed and left for the Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard via a red carpet appearance at a star-studded London film premiere and a GT Open test in Barcelona.
 
On Saturday, OC and his Milltek Sport team-mates took a class win in VLN5 and extended the team’s championship lead, before the 30-year old GT racer left the Green Hell and headed for the red carpet.
 
“Being a Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete comes with lots of perks, being invited to film premieres is definitely one of the better ones,” commented OC. “The film, Logan Lucky, was pretty decent, lots of laughs and a fun plot – I wouldn’t have minded a bit more NASCAR in it, though!”
 
After the screening was over, it was time for OC to fly to Barcelona, where his SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3 was waiting for him and his GT Open team-mate Valentin Pierburg at the Circuit de Cataluña.
 
“The SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3 is feeling insanely good,” he commented. “The team has worked so hard to get the set-up sharp and I love the track at Barcelona – I can’t wait to come and race here in a couple of months.”
 
With GT Open testing complete, OC is now at Paul Ricard in the South of France ready to compete in the fourth round of the Le Mans Cup with RAM Racing and team-mate Remon Vos (NL) in their Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“At the last round of Le Mans Cup, we proved we have a package capable of running at the front,” he said. “We know that if we just run the same strategy again, we can get ourselves in a similar position at Paul Ricard and we can aim for the podium.”
 
After Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard, OC will return to the UK but there’s no time off for the Casio Edifice brand ambassador as, next weekend, he races at his home track at Silverstone in GT Open.
 
“It’s pretty flat-out at the moment, but I’m not complaining,” commented OC. “I love these back-to-back events and my busy calendar, it’s a real privilege to have so much going on!”
 
OC, who has recently discovered Instagram Stories, shares his racing and life with his social media following of more than 40,000 people. Follow behind-the-scenes updates on Instagram and Facebook and join in the conversation on Twitter using @tomonslowcole.

OC HEADS TO NÜRBURGRING IN STYLE

Tom Onslow-Cole has finally got his hands on the Milltek Sport Giulia Quadrifoglio and is en route to the Nürburgring where he will re-join the Toyota GT86 CS Cup championship leaders for the six-hour long VLN5.
 
Milltek Sport entered the nine-round VLN championship in the Toyota GT86 CS Cup and, after four events, is leading the class. OC, who missed the opening two rounds due to commitments as a BMW Motorsport works team driver, raced alongside Lucian Gavris and Dale Lomas in the GT86 in VLN3 and the trio returns for VLN5 with local legend Werner Gusenbauer.
 
“I got my A-permit at the end of last season and this year I’ve raced in all but one VLN race, plus Nürburgring 24 Hours and the qualifying race… it’s starting to feel like a second home,” commented OC, who has been a Milltek Sport-supported racing driver for nearly nine years.
 
Before leaving for the Nürburgring, newly married OC dropped-in to Milltek Sport’s HQ in Derby to collect the 2.9-litre V6 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio that is fitted with a Milltek Sport non-resonated cat-back valved system with Jet 100mm carbon trims.
 
“I’ve not driven one of the new range of Alfa Romeos so I was really keen to try it out,” commented OC. “It’s always fun to drop-in at Milltek Sport and see what cool projects that have going on – leaving with a new car to test makes it even better!”
 
OC is now driving the Giulia from Derby in the North of England to the Nürburgring in Germany ready for Saturday’s qualifying session and six-hour race.
 
"Milltek Sport have supported me from my early days as a touring car driver so its great that we can still find time to race together,” said OC, who will travel to more than 20 race weekends this season. “The team are like family to me. Not only have we been together for years, we share a passion for performance and perfection and I hope I can help them to extend their lead over the championship this weekend.”
 
Qualifying for VLN5 takes place at 08.30 with the race starting at 12.00 and fans can watch the livestream at www.vln.de. They can also follow behind-the-scenes updates on Instagram and Facebook and can join in the conversation on Twitter using @tomonslowcole.

OC CONFIDENT OF SPIELBERG SUCCESS

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) is in Spielberg in Austria for his thirteenth event of the season but the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete isn’t worried about superstition and believes another podium is on the cards for himself and team-mate Remon Vos (NL) this weekend.
 
The Redbull Ring is the home of the third round of the Le Mans Cup and, after a race win in GT Open at Paul Ricard and a second place finish with Vos in the 12 Hours of Imola a fortnight ago, OC is feeling confident.
 
“This might be my thirteenth race weekend of the season but I think we’ve already had our bad luck in Le Mans Cup!” the Milltek Sport-supported racer said, referring to the opening round at Monza where a lap one incident for Vos ended their race.
 
“We showed in the Road to Le Mans what we are capable of and took two fourth place finishes in what is sure to be the toughest and most competitive round of the season,” he continued. “If we carry that form into this weekend, there’s no reason we can’t take a podium.”
 
The pair will once again compete in the RAM Racing-run Mercedes AMG GT3, which, following its success in Imola, returned to the team’s state-of-the-art facilities in Silverstone Park to be re-prepared before heading out to Austria earlier this week.
 
“With RAM Racing, I’m always confident we are turning up to an event with the best prepared car in the paddock,” said OC, who is a face of Casio Edifice for the eighth consecutive motorsport season. “Remon and I are well prepared, too - we tested here earlier in the year so we both know the track. We just have to take as much as we can from this weekend – with a good points haul we could find ourselves in the championship battle at the end of the season.”
 
The two-hour race at the Redbull Ring takes place at 16.00 CET on Saturday 22nd July and fans can watch the livestream on the Le Mans Cup website:
www.lemanscup.com/en/live

OC AIMS FOR IMOLA PODIUM

Tom Onslow-Cole’s run of back-to-back race weekends continues on Friday as he heads into his twelfth event of the season, the 12 Hours of Imola, with RAM Racing and team-mate Remon Vos (NL).
 
With his BMW Nürburgring 24 Hours factory team duties complete for the season and his Le Mans Cup and GT Open campaigns well underway, OC will return to the 24H Series, which he won in 2015, to contest the inaugural 12 Hours of Imola in the #30 Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
The Casio Edifice brand ambassador, who will travel to more than 20 races this season, is feeling very confident that he and team-mate Vos can take home some silverware this weekend but knows that they have a challenge ahead of them as they contest the race as a duo.
 
“When we decided to do the race between the two of us, no one mentioned it could be 30 degrees centigrade!” laughed OC, who has just returned from racing with Milltek Sport at the Nürburgring. “But, it was hotter than that at Le Mans a fortnight ago and we were both fine so I reckon we can handle this. We’ll split the track time pretty much 50/50 – I think it works out just over five hours thirty minutes of drive time each.”
 
OC is no stranger to long-distance endurance racing. In fact, he has taken overall podiums in Dubai 24 Hours, Barcelona 24 Hours, 12 Hours of Mugello and 12 Hours of Zandvoort and has won 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and 24 Hours of Brno.
 
“We initially entered this to get Remon some extra seat time but, now I’ve seen what he’s capable of, I’m going into this hoping for our first podium!” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “We’ve had three fourth place finishes in Remon’s first four GT races and, with each one, the thirst for Champagne increases.”
 
The 12 Hours of Imola starts on Friday 30 June at 1500hrs and runs for four hours. After an overnight break, the race resumes at 1100hrs and runs until 1900hrs. The race is streamed at
www.24hseries.com and is covered by Radio Le Mans.  

OC FEELS THE FOURTH AT LE MANS AND RETURNS TO THE 'RING

Tom Onslow-Cole narrowly missed out on a Road to Le Mans podium for the second time in a week as he took a fourth place finish in Saturday’s race with Remon Vos (NL) and RAM Racing. Now, he heads to the Nürburgring for some more VLN action with Milltek Sport.
 
Saturday’s race started well for the team and, after taking over the #5 Mercedes AMG GT3 in seventh place, OC set his sights on the podium. With an 18-second gap to third place, multiple LMP3 cars to pass and just 25 minutes of track time to play with, the Casio Edifice-sponsored driver went into maximum attack and passed the professional drivers in both the Lamborghini and McLaren.
 
As the race-leading Porsche took a drive-through penalty, OC was promoted to fourth and the battle for a podium position began. Closing the gap on the third place Lamborghini, OC got to touching distance, but the chequered flag waved before he could begin his challenge.
 
“To take two fourth place finishes at Le Mans is both fantastic and frustrating,” commented OC. “Without the slow zones, I probably could have done it, but with more than 50 cars on track we’re going to get the odd car in the gravel. To be fair, the organisers did a great job of keeping things moving so we could all put on a great show for the 259,000 spectators.
 
“I still can’t believe what a great job Remon is doing," he continued. "It’s just his third race weekend and he’s given the seasoned amateurs a run for their money. He’s a huge fan of Le Mans and has been to watch many times so I would have loved to have stood on that iconic podium with him. But, we’ll just have to come back next year and go for the race win!”
 
The two fourth place finishes add 12 points to RAM Racing’s championship campaign, which continues in July at the Redbull Ring. The team will be reunited again in just two weeks, however, as they contest the 24H Series 12 Hours of Imola.
 
“Remon and I will contest the 12-hour race between the two of us,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete explained. “It’s not going to be easy as it’ll be pretty hot in Italy in June but Remon wants plenty of seat time and I’m not going to complain at more time in the Mercedes AMG GT3.”
 
But, before that, OC is going back to the Nürburgring with Milltek Sport and its Toyota GT86 CS-Cup car in VLN3 this weekend.  
 
“I can’t wait to go back to the Nürburgring,” commented OC, who raced in Nürburgring 24 Hours as a BMW factory driver last month. “I learned the track and gained my A-permit in the Milltek Sport Toyota GT86 at the end of last year so it’s a very special car to me. I’ve really missed racing with my Milltek Sport team which has been a part of my racing career for nearly nine years – it’ll be good to get us all back together!”
 
Tom will race the Milltek Sport Toyota GT86 CS-Cup car alongside ‘Ring specialists Dale Lomas and Luke Gavris. Fans can keep updated on Tom’s social media channels or by following @MilltekSport.

OC FINISHES FOURTH IN RACE ONE AT LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole has finished the first of two Le Mans Cup ‘Road to Le Mans’ races in fourth place with RAM Racing and team-mate Remon Vos (NL).
 
The Milltek Sport-sponsored driver qualified the #5 Mercedes AMG GT3 on the second row of the grid. With straight line speed down compared to some of his rivals, OC had to use his race skills to battle in the Circuit de la Sarthe’s medium-high speed corners. Despite a four-way battle for third taking place over most of his stint, OC came out on top and pitted in a podium position.
 
Team-mate Vos took over and, after a two-minute minimum pitstop, he emerged in third place but with a pack of four cars within a couple of seconds of his rear bumper. The Dutch driver, who has only previously contested two GT3 races, did a fantastic job and at the end of the 55-minute race the team was awarded fourth place.
 
“That was seriously impressive stuff from Remon,” commented OC, as he put on his Rockstar Energy Drink cap. “I’m not going to lie, it was tough out there – our straight line speed was down on the others but, in the corners and over a whole lap, the Mercedes is fast We had to battle hard in the corners to get ahead and retake positions.
 
“This year was supposed to be a learning year for Remon but here we are battling it out for a podium at the biggest race of our season on the most famous track in the world. I’m pretty sure a podium will come for us very soon but, until then, we’ll take the points towards our championship campaign and focus on the next race.”
 
Race two of the Road To Le Mans takes place at 11.30 on Saturday, just ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Fans and the media can follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

OC WINS AT PAUL RICARD

Tom Onslow-Cole leaves Paul Ricard with trophies in both hands after taking a win in the Pro-Am class and a third place overall in GT Open. With a pole position and fastest lap to his name too, the Milltek Sport-supported driver begins the ‘Road Le Mans’ feeling confident.
 
The weekend started well for OC when he qualified the #20 SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3 on the front row for race one. He handed over to team-mate Valentin Pierburg in P2 overall and in the lead of the class and, 25 minutes later, the pair took a Pro-Am class win and third place overall.
 
“Valentin did a mega job!” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “He’s very new to racing but approached this perfectly. He kept his head cool and did exactly what we asked of him. It was awesome to stand there on the podium next to him knowing that we both got the most out of the Mercedes AMG GT3 this weekend.”
 
For Sunday’s race, it was Valentin’s turn to qualify and he started the 60-minute race from P21 overall and P9 in class. Despite climbing as high as P18, after a ten-second success penalty was added in the pitstop, OC exited in their starting position and began his attack.
 
Wasting no time, OC began picking off the pack and, following an impressive charge, he had climbed ten places to P11 overall and P4 in class, setting the fastest lap of the race along the way.
 
“That was a lot of fun!” commented OC, who is proud to be a face of Edifice watches. “SPS automotive performance gave us a fantastic car and it felt so good carving through the pack. It’s a shame to miss out on the class podium but I have no complaints from this weekend - everyone in the team performed perfectly.”
 
OC now jumps on a flight back to the UK, picks up his car and drives to Le Mans where he takes on the Le Mans Cup ‘Road to Le Mans’ with RAM Racing and its #30 Mercedes AMG GT3.  
 
Fans and the media can follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

LE CASTELLET TO LE MANS

Tom Onslow-Cole arrived in France today for the first of two endurance racing weekends on the country's highest-profile race tracks. This weekend the Milltek Sport-sponsored driver takes on GT Open at Le Castellet and next week is the jewel-in-the-crown of the Le Mans Cup at the world-famous Circuit de la Sarthe.
 
OC returns to the racetrack refreshed from his Nürburgring 24 Hours debut as a BMW factory driver two weeks ago and is ready to step back into his SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
"I'm very fortunate it's my job to drive the best GT3 machines on the market," said OC, who recently re-signed as a face of Casio Edifice. "Although the cars are quite different, it's very easy to jump between them, which is a mark of a great GT3 car."
 
OC races in GT Open with Valentin Pierburg (DE) who began GT3 racing 18 months ago. Together, the pair took a podium at Paul Ricard 24 Hours in 2016 so they are hoping to repeat this success as they head back to Le Castellet this weekend.
 
"I'm looking forward to getting back to GT Open with SPS automotive performance this weekend. I had to miss the last round because it clashed with my Nürburgring duties but now Valentin [Pierburg] and I are back together and ready to race."
 
Once over, OC will wave goodbye to SPS automotive performance and will rejoin RAM Racing at the Circuit de la Sarthe where the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place.
 
In front of 250,000 spectators and millions of viewers worldwide, the team will race its Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'; two GT3 races with the second race taking place ahead of the start of the largest and most-famous endurance race in the world.
 
"It's great to return to Le Mans," OC continued. "Last time I raced here, I won, so I'm hoping we can do the same this weekend."
 
In 2015, RAM Racing and OC won the Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans along with Paul White in his V12 Vantage GT3.
 
"It's a busy time for me but I'm not complaining!", OC concluded. "I have more than 20 GT races this season on the greatest tracks in the world and with the best cars, teams and team-mates. It's quite intense with back-to-back race weekends but, with my friends at Rockstar Energy Drink on speed-dial, I'm powering on!"
 
Fans wanting to watch the races can do so using the links below:
 
GT Open at Paul Ricard
Le Mans Cup 'Road to Le Mans'
 
They can also follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole.

OC IN "HEAVEN" AT THE GREEN HELL

Tom Onslow-Cole returns to the Nürburgring next week but this time it’s for the main event, the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours, and the BMW factory driver says that he can’t wait to get back and take on the biggest challenge of his career.
 
Selected by BMW to take on the notorious Green Hell in a Schubert Motorsport M6 GT3, OC completed his first laps of the 25km long Nürburgring Nordschleife in a GT3 machine at the start of this season. Now, with three races on the demanding track under his belt, he’s ready to take on his first 24-hour race on the ‘Ring.
 
“I can’t wait to get back there,” commented the multiple 24-hour race-winner. “Driving the BMW M6 GT3 at full pace on the Nürburgring is like Heaven for me. The track is incredible. It’s just flows so nicely and gives you a little bit of everything… including a jump!”
 
The Nürburgring has long been used by leading car manufacturers to develop their road cars. It has since become the place to prove engineering expertise in a gruelling 24-hour race on the mind-blowing track that is not only the longest in the world but is also incredibly demanding and subject to the most varied and often unpredictable weather conditions.
 
“The world’s leading car manufacturers take this very seriously,” said OC, who recently re-signed as the face of Casio Edifice for the eighth season. “It’s the one that they all want to win so, as well as us at BMW, we see factory entries and drivers from top-end brands including Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes. This means that the competition is fierce.”
 
Despite the competition, OC is feeling confident going into the race. 

“I race for many top-level teams week after week so I’m no stranger to walking in and getting on with things,” the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete added. “The professionalism, friendliness and openness at BMW and Schubert Motorsport has allowed us to form a great working relationship and I’m feeling very confident in my team, team-mates, in myself and in the car.”
 
OC will race the #19 BMW M6 GT3 alongside German racer Jens Klinsmann and American Jonathan Edwards with Jorg Müller (DE) also entered against the car.
 
“My team-mates are mega and we’ve bonded really well. I’m going into the event confident all the pieces of our puzzle are firmly in place," he concluded. "All we have to do now is hold it together for 24 Hours and hit any curve balls the race may throw at us. I’m sure lady luck will play a huge role in our race but that’s the same for everyone.”
 
The Nürburgring 24 Hours starts at 15.30 on Saturday 27 May and concludes 24-hours later on Sunday 28 May. The race will be live-streamed on the Radio Le Mans website, along with English commentary from John Hindhaugh and the team:
www.radiolemans.com.

OC RE-SIGNS LONG-TERM PARTNER CASIO EDIFICE

Tom Onslow-Cole hasn’t been seen without his trademark Edifice watch for more than eight years and the 29-year old GT star is delighted to announce that he has signed with Casio’s high performance, technology-driven chronograph men’s brand for another racing season.

In 2009, OC was named as a face of Edifice and has since worked with the company to promote its motorsport and travel-inspired premium watches. This season, OC will wear his Edifice as he represents BMW Motorsport as a works team driver at the Nürburgring, along with two international GT programmes that see him visit world famous tracks and events such as Le Mans.

“With all the travelling I do, the Bluetooth Smartphone Link and Dual Dial World Time functions of the Edifice watches are really handy,” explained OC, who clocked-up more than 40 international flights in 2016. “You simply link your watch to your smartphone and just like that you’re back in control of your own time.

“I’m very proud to maintain my relationship with Casio Edifice for so many years,” he continued. “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in many different levels and disciplines of motorsport and Casio Edifice have been with me every second of the way.”

As well as wearing Edifice watches, OC will carry the iconic branding on his helmets and racesuits as he contests more than 25 races this season.

“It’s a busy year for me, but Edifice will be even busier with some fantastic new products and technologies being launched,” he concludes. “They always push watch technology forward, which really excites me. I can’t wat to get my hands on the new watches and share them with the huge motorsport community.”

Together, Casio Edifice and OC create PR, marketing and social media content that promotes the Edifice range to OC’s highly-engaged audience including; videos that get more than 100k views; competitions to win watches; and social media stories that engaging and influential.

To see the latest collection of Casio Edifice watches go to
www.edifice-watches.co.uk

OC IMPRESSED WITH GT OPEN COMPETITION

Tom Onslow-Cole will make his GT Open debut this weekend as he and Valentin Pierburg (DE) head to the opening round of the 2017 season at Estoril in Portugal with SPS automotive performance and its #20 Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
GT Open is one of five championships that OC is taking part in this season and the Rockstar Energy Athlete is pumped to take on a new challenge as he goes head-to-head with 24 GT3 machines from 10 different sportscar manufacturers.
 
“It’s a busy season for me and I’m looking forward to getting each one of my campaigns started,” the Casio Edifice brand ambassador said. “GT Open has always had some fantastic racing but I think this season will be awesome – both Valentin and I are itching to get started.

"We make a great partnership and I think we’ll be quite strong here, as we are in 24H Series. It’s still very early in Valentin’s racing career but he has shown a lot of promise and is progressing well."
 
The GT Open series is now in its 12th season and is arguably stronger than ever, as it boasts not just a large grid but some of the biggest names in GT racing.
 
“There’s some stiff competition!” OC concluded before he jumped on the plane to Portugal. “We have some of the world’s top professionals such as McLaren factory drivers Rob Bell and Côme Ledogar; my BMW team-mate António Félix da Costa; and my good friend and former Bentley Boy Duncan Tappy. We’re going to have some mega on-track battles and I can’t wait to get started.”
 
There are two races in the GT Open format and the first takes place on Saturday at 15.15. The second race starts at 13.15 on Sunday and both will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/GTOPENseries. 

The full entry list for GT Open at Estoril can be found
here.

OC RETURNS TO THE 'RING

It was a long two weeks for Tom Onslow-Cole as he waited patiently to return to the Nürburgring for the second round of the VLN championship but his bags are packed and he’s ready to jump back aboard the Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
 
The opening round went well for the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete who made his GT3 debut on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Dry weather and a trouble-free weekend gave plenty of running time for OC, who is signed as BMW factory drivers for the iconic Nürburgring 24 Hours in May.
 
“For me, the first race was about learning the car, the team and the track,” he explained. “There’s no point going out there and trying to be a hero in your first GT3 race on the Nordschleife. You have to give it the respect it deserves or it’ll chew you up and spit you back out!
 
“The weather was on our side in VLN1 and we got plenty of running, which I understand is pretty rare at this time of year. I don’t want to jinx it, but VLN2 is looking pretty sunny, too.”
 
The VLN championship is a nine-round series that takes place on the Nordschleife and teams use the opening two rounds to prepare for the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours. Earlier this year, BMW Motorsport signed OC to contest VLN1, VLN2, the Nürburgring qualifying race and, of course, the main event and placed him with race- and championship-winning team Schubert Motorsport. .
 
“I can’t wait to get back out there,” the LDNR Eyewear ambassador concluded. “It was incredible to drive the BMW M6 GT3 on the Nordschleife and I’ve been seriously impressed with BMW and Schubert Motorsport. In fact, I’ve not stopped grinning since I was hauled out of the car at the end of VLN1.”
 
VLN2 takes place at 1200 on Saturday 8 April. Fans can watch at www.vln.de or at
www.radiolemans.com and they can follow OC’s success on social media by searching @tomonslowcole.

OC SET TO MAKE BMW DEBUT AT THE 'RING

Tom Onslow-Cole is set to make his BMW factory driver debut, this weekend, as he and Schubert Motorsport head to VLN1; the opening round of the Nordschleife-based championship and the first of three warm-up races for the world-famous Nürburgring 24 Hours.
 
The 29-year old Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete, who has multiple 24-hour race wins and podiums under his belt, travelled to Paul Ricard, last month, to test the BMW M6 GT3 ahead of the start of his Nürburgring-only factory deal.
 
“I can’t wait to get back in the BMW M6 GT3, again,” he said after the test. “Everything I have seen from BMW, so far, has been very impressive – the car, the teams, the driver line-ups, for example. They do things properly and I think we have a good chance of success.”
 
With just two VLN race starts to his name, there is a lot to learn but OC feels that he’s as prepared as possible going into the four-hour race that takes place at midday on Saturday.
 
“The Nürburgring is a race track like no other on Earth,” the LDNR Eyewear ambassador commented. “Therefore, preparation will be key. I’ve spent a lot of time on the sim and studied plenty of on-board footage but I’m fully aware that this is no replacement for on-track experience – I just hope we get plenty of running this weekend.”
 
The first round of the VLN series often falls victim to the extreme and sometime unpredictable weather conditions in the Eifel region of Germany and, with snow, fog, hail and rain all common, sessions are frequently delayed.
 
“I’ve looked at the weather forecast for Saturday and it looks dry and sunny, but forecasts don’t mean a lot around there!” OC continued. “Of course, I need to drive it in the wet at some point but it would be good to do some dry-running first.”
 
For the 2017 season, the VLN championship has expanded to include English commentary with Radio Show Ltd. taking the microphones.
 
“It’s great that Radio Le Mans team will be covering the series,” OC added. “It means my English-speaking friends, family and sponsors can follow the action. As far as I’m concerned, it’s some of the greatest racing on Earth and the more people who get to enjoy it, the better!”
 
Fans can watch VLN1 at
www.vln.de and can follow OC’s success on social media by searching @tomonslowcole.

OC AND RAM RACING RETURN TO MUGELLO

Tom Onslow-Cole and RAM Racing are back in action, this weekend, as they head to the 12 Hours of Italy for their first outing together of 2017.
 
Once again piloting a Mercedes AMG GT3, the 29-year old Rockstar Energy Athlete is looking forward to returning to Mugello Circuit. He lists the 5.25km track among his favourites in the World and hopes to go one better than his best result of second place overall when he takes on this year’s once-around-the-clock event.
 
“I love driving the Mugello Circuit!” commented the Milltek Sport-supported driver. “It’s an absolute pleasure. The undulations, high-speed sections and big stops somehow all seem to just flows so well. If you’ve got time for a look around, it’s pretty picturesque too!”
 
This is the third season OC has competed for RAM Racing in select endurance events and, together, they have racked-up six podium finishes, plus a race win in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard.
 
“It’s great to be RAM Racing’s ‘go-to’ driver when they are approached by new customers,” continued OC, who will race alongside Remon Vos (NL) and Kevin Veltman (NL), this weekend. “Remon and I have fantastic programme ahead of us this year and what a brilliant way to kick it off. For sure, the track time of a 12-hour event will be very useful ahead of our sprint racing season.”
 
As well as selected 24H Series events, RAM Racing, OC and Vos will contest the Le Mans Cup in the team’s Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“Looking at this weekend in isolation, we are absolutely aiming for some silverware, but we know it’s not going to be easy. Both Remon and Kevin are new to GT3 racing and, looking down the entry list, there is some tough competition, too. I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out.”
 
The 12 Hours of Mugello starts with a four-hour part one at 1400 on Friday 17 March and continues with the remaining eight hours of action at 0900 on Saturday 18 March.

OC AND RAM RACING ENTER GT3 LE MANS CUP

Tom Onslow-Cole will return to RAM Racing, this season, as the Silverstone-based team has signed him to head-up its Michelin Le Mans Cup campaign in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
The Michelin Le Mans Cup is a six-round championship that runs on the European Le Mans Series package and includes a support race at the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans as its centre-piece.
 
The Rockstar Energy Athlete, who has won both races and a championship with RAM Racing, is looking forward to returning to the Circuit de la Sarthe on the biggest weekend in sportscar racing.
 
“I won a support race at Le Mans a few years ago, in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 that was run by RAM Racing,” said OC, who recently announced that his partnership with Milltek Sport would continue for a seventh season. “It would be great to go back with the team and do it in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“Aside from Le Mans, there are some awesome tracks in the calendar and I’ve raced at almost all of them – it’s just Red Bull Ring that is new to me. I know that RAM Racing have won races at most of the tracks, including our 24 Hours of Paul Ricard win together back in 2015, so that stands us in good stead.”
 
The highly-experienced RAM Racing crew, based at Silverstone Park, are no strangers to the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) paddock. In fact, they won the ELMS GTLM class in 2013 in their debut year as a team, before going-on to contest the World Endurance Championship in 2014.
 
“RAM Racing are one of the top teams I have ever raced with – and I’ve raced with a fair few!” concluded OC, who will be joined in the RAM Racing Mercedes AMG by Remon Vos (NL). “I’m proud to race with RAM Racing and I’m confident that we have a good shot at another championship win together.”

This brings OC's total number of races in 2017 to 24. Earlier this year, he was signed as a BMW factory driver for its Nürburgring 24 Hours campaign; he will contest GT Open with sps automotive performance; he has a post-Nurburgring VLN programme with Milltek Sport; and is signed-up for various rounds of 24H Series.
 
The 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup kicks-off at Monza in Italy on 13 May. Fans can follow OC on social media using @tomonslowcole. 

OC RE-SIGNS WITH MILLTEK SPORT FOR SEVENTH SEASON

Tom Onslow-Cole has re-signed a partnership with British premium exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport for a seventh consecutive season, in which the professional race driver will contest more than 20 races around the world.
 
OC, who first partnered with Milltek Sport during his time in the British Touring Car Championship, has become an integral part of the Derby-based business thanks to a flourishing relationship that benefits both parties.
 
“The perfect partnership is one where both parties not only look at what they can take from each other but also what they can give,” OC said. “Steve and the team from Milltek Sport have always been supportive of my career as it’s developed and diversified, and I’d like to think they’d say the same.”
 
As part of the sponsorship deal, OC: represents the brand with consumers, the media and retailers; provides tailored photo and video content; promotes new products and services; heads-up its internal driver development programme and joins its race team in GT and touring car events.
 
“Last year, Milltek Sport put me through my Nürburgring A-permit and allowed me to join their VLN programme,” he continued. “As a direct result of that experience, I’ve got a factory deal with BMW to drive in the 24-hour race. For that, and for six years of loyal support, I am truly thankful.”
 
In 2017, Milltek Sport will contest the full VLN Series at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup car and OC will join them for three rounds after the 24-hour race.
 
“Following my BMW exploits, I will once again be back racing at the ‘Ring with Milltek Sport and their Toyota GT86. We had some great results towards the end of last year and I’m hoping I can support them in taking the class win, in 2017.”
 
In fact, this season promises to be the biggest yet for both brands. While OC’s programme extends to more than 20 high-profile international GT races, Milltek Sport is rapidly expanding into America, Australia and Germany and the new Milltek Innovation brand is developing new products to bring to market.
 
“We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership with Tom into 2017,” commented Steve Pound, Milltek Sport’s Managing Director. “His work as a brand ambassador in helping promote Milltek Sport across the many racing championships he’s competing in, plus his valuable input into product development and testing, is really helping Milltek Sport remain at the forefront of the industry. We have lots of exciting projects and events lined up for 2017 and look forward having Tom onboard for these.”
 
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OC TO CONTEST INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN

Just two days after BMW Motorsport announced Tom Onslow-Cole as a works team Nürburgring 24 Hours driver, the 29-year old GT star has been signed-up to contest the International GT Open championship in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

The deal, which is with well-known German track preparation team SPS automotive performance, will see OC race alongside amateur driver Valentin Pierburg (DE). The pair made their debut together last season, taking a podium in the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, and then went on to contest Dubai 24 Hours, running as high as fourth overall until an issue with the car.

“I’m stoked to be back with SPS automotive performance,” the Milltek Sport-supported driver said. “24 hour racing is a real test of a team, and, so far, so good. I’m really looking forward to getting back into a two-driver sprint series, the team have great experience in this format and I think we’ve got a strong driver line-up too.

“I immediately clicked with Valentin and that’s important with a pairing. We are very honest with each other and both share a passion for success and an eye for the finer details. Although he has only done a handful of races, Valentine has great potential as an amateur driver and I think we have a good chance of fighting it out at the front of the GT Open championship.”

The International GT Open Championship is a seven-race series that takes in Europe’s highest profile tracks, many of which OC has taken race wins and podiums at.

“The calendar is fantastic,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “It includes some of my favourite tracks, Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps, as well as Silverstone, I’m so pleased to have a race in the UK. It’s a brilliant opportunity to entertain my personal partners, friends, family and supporters.”

The championship starts at Estoril on 30th April but the team will first head to Paul Ricard for some pre-season testing.

OC SIGNS AS BMW FACTORY DRIVER FOR NURBURGRING 24 HOURS

Tom Onslow-Cole has signed a deal with BMW Motorsport to contest Nürbrugring 24 Hours in a works-supported BMW M6 GT3.

The deal, which includes participation in VLN races that precede the twice-around-the-clock endurance race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, will see the 29-year old Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete join one of their factory supported teams to race an M6 GT3 identical to the one he tested on Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst late last year.

“I drove the BMW M6 GT3 at Bathurst and it was incredible,” OC commented. “The high speed stability and all-around driveability made it very welcoming. As you’d expect from BMW, the M6 is very user-friendly and instinctive to drive and I really think this can make a difference in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race - after all, it’s quite well known for pitching a curve-ball or two.”

Multiple 24-hour race-winner Onslow-Cole may now be well-known for his endurance racing success but the Milltek Sport-supported star made a name for himself in the British Touring Car Championship and BMW was a brand that helped him put himself on the motorsport map.

“I won my first British Touring Car Championship race at the wheel of a BMW in 2007 so to join their Nürburgring factory programme ten years on is something quite special. I can’t wait to get back in their M6 GT3 on what is one of the most iconic tracks in the world. It will truly be an honour.”

The BMW Motorsport Nürburgring programme will sit alongside OC’s multi-championship GT race calendar, which will include more than 20 races in 2017. Details of these campaigns will be announced in the coming weeks.

OC HUNGRY FOR MORE 24-HOUR VICTORY

Tom Onslow-Cole returns to Dubai 24 Hours, this weekend, eager to beat his second-place best result and add another 24-hour GT3 race victory to his ever-growing CV.
 
The Milltek Sport-sponsored Londoner, who finished the 2016 season with a 24-hour race win in the Ferrari 488, is hoping to start 2017 with another endurance race win, this time in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
“I’ve finished Dubai 24 Hours in second place overall in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 so I’d love it if I could go one better in the new car,” he commented. “As we all know, 24-hour races are extremely tough, so the wins taste even sweeter... I’ve tasted 24H victory twice and I’m hungry for more.”
 
Once again, the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete will join SPS Automotive Performance in the IMG World of Adventures Dubai-liveried machine. Valentin Pierburg (DE), Lance David Arnold (DE) and Tim Müller (DE) complete the four-driver line-up that will contest the Pro class.
 
“I feel I’m going into the race the most prepared I’ve ever been, and that’s echoed by the entire team,” OC said. “The car, track and event aren’t new to anyone at SPS Automotive Performance - we’re all experienced here. That said, there are some very strong teams and driver line-ups in the race, so it’s important that we can ‘hit the ground running’ when we get to Dubai Autodrome.
 
“It’ll be a big challenge for us to win the race, but it’s certainly the goal,” added OC, who took a podium at the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard with the team, last season. “We’ll all aim to have a clean run and make sure we always put ourselves in the best position as the race develops. SPS Automotive Performance is a fantastic team and I’m sure they will make all the right strategy calls... Having confidence in your team is definitely worth a couple of tenths!”
 
SPS Automotive Performance is a Stuttgart-based team that has raced in Blancpain GT Series and 24H Series and, being the only Brit in the team, OC was keen to learn some German during the Christmas holidays.
 
"Guten Morgen, darf ich bitte eine Tasse Tee mit Milch haben? Danke.” OC concluded.
 
Tom and the team will first turn the wheel of the Mercedes AMG GT3 on Wednesday for the private optional test before the official test session begins on Thursday. Qualifying and night qualifying also take place on Thursday before the race begins on Friday.
 
Qualifying and the race will be livestreamed at
www.24hseries.com and fans can follow Tom on his social media channels.