OC BECOMES 24H SERIES GT3 CHAMPION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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