OC TO SCALE PIKES PEAK

Tom Onslow-Cole will ascend the world-famous hill climb Pike’s Peak this June, as he has been invited by PureDrive Automotive to drive the Jannarelly Design-1 “OSC” sportscar in the Dubai-based brand’s debut at the Colorado event.

The multi-year plan to conquer the mountain begins with the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete driving the 3.5-litre V6, 310bhp car ahead of the competition to ‘sweep’ the roads as the Official Safety Car, and, although he is delighted to be driving the mountain for the first time, is a little relieved it’s not in competition in his debut year.

“Pike’s Peak is a bucket list event for many drivers but you can’t just turn-up and race without huge preparation,” he explained. “Although I’d love to be racing it competitively, I’m kind of relieved I get to learn the track in this capacity before we go back and aim for prizes next year.”

OC will drive the 19.98-km long mountain road ahead of each competitive running and then lead the parade of cars back down to the base. The course is known for it’s sweeping corners that scale the mountain with a large, and at times sheer, drop to the side.

“I’m hoping that, although it’s a course car, I’ll get to hoon it a little! The Jannarelly is a serious bit of kit and I’d love to put it through its paces… all within a safe distance of the cliff face, of course!” he laughed.

Although best known for his championship-winning GT career; seven years of British Touring Car Championship exploits; and even a World RallyX Lites podium, this won’t be OC’s first hill climb event. In 2013, the Milltek Sport supported star raced the hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S at Shelsley Walsh, one of the UK’s leading hill climb events.

“I just love driving cars,” OC concluded. “Although my main focus is GT racing, it’s great to have been invited to get involved in something so exciting and I can’t wait to get going. I can’t wait to work with the PureDrive team, hopefully it’ll become an annual event for us.”

Pike’s Peak takes place over the weekend of 22-24 June but OC will head to Colorado on 18th June to get a few practice runs before the event kicks off. Follow OC on social media by searching @tomonslowcole

Fans can follow the event on the Casio Edifice #StayInSync section of OC’s website:
www.tomonslowcole.com/live.

For further information about Jannarelly, go to:
www.jannarelly.com

OC STARTS GT OPEN CAMPAIGN

Tom Onslow-Cole’s International GT Open Series campaign gets underway in Estoril this weekend and the Milltek Sport-supported racer believes he and Valentin Pierburg are looking strong for the season ahead in the SPS automotive performance Mercedes AMG GT3.

In the 2017 season, OC and Pierburg contested five of the rounds together and came away with four podiums including a win at Paul Ricard. As the season progressed the pair grew stronger and stronger and by the final round in Barcelona, they were on a real roll.

“We were gutted when the 2017 season ended because we were flying high by the final round” said OC, who is a Face of Casio Edifice. “Valentin improved so much last year that I can’t wait for us to get going again and continue the good work. We tested here in Estoril last week and are both feeling good going into the weekend and the season ahead.”

The Circuit do Estoril sits just 30 minutes from Lisbon in Portugal and its Atlantic coastal position makes it subject to dramatic weather changes.

“We’ve tested here in the wet and dry so I think we’re ready for whatever weather is thrown at us,” continued OC. “It’s a mega circuit that, if I’m honest, better suits some of the mid-engined cars but the Mercedes AMG GT3 is such a solid all-round machine that you can get good results anywhere - it’s a real race and championship winning package.”

After Estoril, the International GT Open Series heads to Europe’s top tracks; Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps, Hungaroring, Silverstone, Monza and Barcelona.

This weekend’s action begins with two free practice sessions today (13 April). On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a qualifying session and a race, with each driver taking their turn to lead the sessions.

The live-stream, timings and weather forecast can be found here:
tomonslowcole.com/live

OC AND MILLTEK SPORT CONTINUE IN 2018

Tom Onslow-Cole has continued his partnership with British premium exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport for the eighth consecutive season and is planning some exciting activation to promote its new products and events.
 
Milltek Sport recorded impressive growth in 2017, particularly in Germany and wider Europe where OC has been racing, and the brand is looking to promote a new range of products to its expanded customer base.
 
Responding to a changing market place, Milltek Sport has developed an Active Sound system, which allows customers to customise the exhaust sound of their combustion engine or create a realistic and exciting exhaust note for electric vehicles.
 
“I’m a massive tech-lover so the Active Sound system is right up my street,” said OC. “Not only does it enhance and intensify exhaust notes but it also adds a sound to electric vehicles, which not only makes them cooler but also safer, as pedestrians can hear them coming.”
 
The Milltek Innovations brand will also be growing its range following successful sales of its racing simulator launched last year. The new European headquarters, based at the Nürburgring, will provide the manufacturing facilities to create simulator frames developed alongside OC, who uses his own home-sim for race preparation.
 
“Milltek Innovation have been really smart here,” OC continued. “They have taken the industry gold-standard audio-visual, pedal, steering, seat and control systems and then built a sim frame around them, creating a non-compromised set-up. It’s also pretty cool that your sim frame is made by the same company that makes the strong, light-weight, high-performance exhaust on your car.”
 
OC will also be getting his hands on some of the Milltek Sport fleet again this year starting with the new VW up! GTI. “Now, this looks like a lot of fun!” said OC. “I’ll be creating loads of cool content for our social media channels so keep an eye out.
 
“I’m looking forward to another great season of collaborations with Milltek Sport. We have a busy year together and I can’t wait to get started".
 
If you want to meet OC, he’ll be attending Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Sim Expo at the Nürburgring with Milltek Sport and a list of his races is available at tomonslowcole.com.

OC READY FOR HOME RACE

Tom Onslow-Cole races on home-soil this weekend as the 24H Series heads to Silverstone International Circuit just 20-miles from his Buckinghamshire base and he and RAM Racing are looking to take a home victory in the 12-hour race.
 
It will be the second time OC has raced in the Silverstone long-distance endurance event, but the first time in a GT3, as regulations have opened it up to the front-running machines for the first time this year.  
 
“Last time I did this race, it was for the full 24 hours and it was in a MARC Cars V8 Ford Focus,” commented OC, who is partnered with premium exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport. “Although it was mega to get back in a touring car, the conditions were terrible – it was probably the worst rain I’ve ever seen and I’ve raced at the Nürburgring and Spa! We’re certainly praying for better weather this weekend.
 
“Silverstone GP circuit is a mega track and, even though it’s so close to home, I’ve only raced it in recent years following my switch to GTs. Last year, I raced here in International GT Open and managed to take the Pro-Am class pole position… a repeat of that would certainly start the weekend off nicely!”
 
The 12-hour race takes place over two days, with five hours of competition on Friday and seven on Saturday. OC will once again race alongside Remon Vos (NL), with whom he took a podium result in Imola 12 Hours last year.
 
“We’ll do this race with just the two of us,” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “Remon is beginning his second year of GT3 racing but, on pace alone, you’d think he’d been racing longer. We just need a clean 12 hours and we’ll have a good chance of another podium this weekend.”
 
It was a tight turn-around for the RAM Racing crew, whose Mercedes AMG GT3 only returned from Dubai 24 Hours on Sunday due to a shipping delay. With a fair bit of fire damage from the Middle Eastern event, the strip-down and rebuild process was lengthened as the team has to ensure no damage was overlooked.
 
“They build the Mercedes AMG GT3 really well so, although the fire at Dubai looked big, the damage isn’t so bad. The team have still had their hands full though, this has been a very quick turn-around. RAM Racing is one of the most meticulous crews I have ever worked with, so I have no doubt the car they have delivered here today is prepped to perfection. A big shout out to them for the hours they’ve put in this week to get us here ready to race,” concluded Casio Edifice brand ambassador OC.
 
Practice for the event takes place at 09:00 on Thursday with qualifying and the first part of the race on Friday at 09:45 and 13:00, respectively. Battle resumes at 10:30 Saturday. Both qualifying and the race are streamed for free in the #StayInSync section of this website. 

OC RETURNS TO GT OPEN WITH SIGHTS ON THE PRIZE

Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) will return to International GT Open with Valentin Pierburg (DE) and German preparation outfit SPS automotive performance this season, and the Milltek Sport-supported racer believes the team has a good chance of taking the Pro-Am title in the highly-competitive series.
 
The 2017 season went well for the SPS automotive performance pairing, which raced in the European-based series for the first time. They had a consistently strong showing, racking-up podiums at Silverstone and Monza, and taking a class win at Paul Ricard.
 
In the final round, at Barcelona, Valentin qualified in his highest position of the season to sit second among his peers, and OC was delighted to end the year on a high.
 
“If we can start 2018 where we left off in 2017, we’ll be flying!” commented the Rockstar Energy Drink Athlete. “Valentin really impressed me in Barcelona. We worked hard on his qualifying and he really put it all together – I’m feeling good about our chances this year.”
 
The season starts on 14th April at Estoril in Portugal before heading to Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps, Hungaroring, Silverstone, Monza and Barcelona.
 
“It’s a mega series with some awesome tracks, great driver line-ups and really good atmosphere,” said OC, who is a face of motorsport-inspired watches by Casio Edifice. “I can’t wait to do it all again… after a year of development, I think we’re in a good place to challenge for the Pro-Am title!”

The GT Open events are live streamed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/gtopenseries and OC shares behind-the-scenes content and live updates with his 50,000 social media followers. Search for 'Tom Onslow-Cole' on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join in the chat.

OC RETURNS TO UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN DUBAI

After a restful festive period, Tom Onslow-Cole is ready to take on the 2018 racing season and is starting with some unfinished business in the Middle East, where he and RAM Racing will contest the Dubai 24 Hours in the Mercedes AMG GT3.
 
OC and RAM Racing are no strangers to Dubai 24 Hours and have finished as high as second place overall in the 24H Series season-opener, but OC says that he won’t settle until he adds the first place trophy to his other 24-hour race wins.
 
“Second place means the team has done a fantastic job but, in all honesty, it’s probably my least favourite position,” he explained. “Not only because it means you came so close but because you’ll never be happy with any position other than first in the future!”
 
OC and RAM Racing have competed together at Dubai 24 Hours several times and they are welcoming Remon Vos (NL) to make his debut at the event and Euan Hankey (GB), who has contested the twice-around-the-clock race before but joins the Silverstone Park-based team for the first time.
 
“We’ll do the race with just the three of us,” commented OC. “With the maximum two-hour stint time in place, this will make the event pretty intense with little down-time between stints, but all three of us love a challenge.”

"The Mercedes AMG is the perfect car for a race like Dubai 24 Hours; it's extremely reliable, has the pace to qualify well and is ideal for pro-am racing thanks to it's usability."

Following an unofficial test on Wednesday, the team will begin practice and qualifying on Thursday. The race takes place over Friday and Saturday, which is the weekend in the region. Both qualifying and the race are streamed for free at
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Dubai 24 Hours schedule (local times):

Qualifying: Thursday 11 January, 17.00 - 17.45

Race: Friday 12 January, 14.00