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.”
 
For information about all of OC or sign-up to this newsletter go to
www.tomonslowcole.com and to check out Milltek Sport's range of products go to www.millteksport.com.

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.